YMCA Grandparents as Caregivers Program

YMCA Grandparents as Caregivers Program


The YMCA has 5 branches and serves most of northern Rhode Island with healthy options in memberships, camps, school age childcare and early education centers. We offer wholesome recreation including swim lessons and sports.

As part of our Grandparents as Caregivers program, we offer assistance with child care as respite for grandparents or foster grandparents who are the primary caregiver for children under age 18. This program provides Early Childhood for infants through Pre-Kindergarten at 3 locations: Cumberland, Lincoln (no infant care), and Pawtucket. We offer before/after school age care and summer camp for youth in grades K-8 in many of the schools and at our facility locations in Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Coventry and Lincoln.

Who we serve

Rhode Island residents—located in either Bristol County and Greater Providence County—of all ages, including children, adults, adults with disabilities, and seniors.

Services and Offerings

Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA offers full day care 5 days per week for grandchildren in our camps along with before and after school care for children Kindergarten-Grade 8. We also offer Early Childhood for infants through Pre-Kindergarten at 3 locations: Cumberland, Lincoln (no infant care), and Pawtucket.

This offering is part of the Grandparents as Caregivers program. In partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging, the YMCA provides respite for grandparents or foster grandparents, age 55 and over, who are the primary caregiver for children under age 18. During this pandemic, the Pawtucket YMCA has offered care during school hours for children to attend school virtually.

Additionally, we offer fun recreational activities, including quarterly fun family events, as well as use of the swimming pools, basketball courts, and fitness center for those aged 12+. Also, we offer a discounted rate on all programs, including youth sports, Arts & Humanities, Swim Lessons, Swim Teams, Leagues.

Luckily, the YMCA was able to maintain these offerings during the pandemic with minimal closures. The YMCA also added additional services during the pandemic, like:

  • Grab ‘n’ Go Food Pantries
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • COVID-19 Vaccination

At this time, the YMCA is just about back to pre-COVID-19 services and hours.

As a new service, we are offering outdoor-only and program-only memberships now.

Sharing Successes and Moments of Hope

Like so many others, the pandemic impacted the YMCA in many ways, including issues with funding, lack of staff, increased costs due to cleaning and disinfecting practices as well as purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The YMCA has openings for Lifeguards, Sports Instructors, Swim Instructors, Preschool Teachers and Assistants, Camp Counselors, and Member Service Representatives.

Tips from the YMCA

  • Look for the silver lining. As more Rhode Islanders become fully vaccinated, the CDC shared how Rhode Islanders may be able to resume many activities they stopped due to the pandemic.
  • You’re invited to come back to the Y, participate in outdoor events and other activities at the Y.
  • Help those who need the Y, you’re encouraged to donate.
  • Not quite ready to return to the Y? We’ve got you covered with Virtual Classes.

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