HAMILTON, NJ --  While the majority of families are staying home with their children, first responders and health care workers are leaving theirs to take care of coronavirus patients most impacted by pandemic.  To give these heroes peace of mind that their children are well taken care of, Lakeview Child Center and the Hamilton Area YMCA are providing child care services for them. 

The Lakeview temporary emergency child care servicespdf are open to anyone who is considered an essential worker such as health care workers in hospitals or community-based care services, and first responders such as police, fire and EMTs, and corrections officers. The service also is available to those who cannot work from home because their business is considered "essential" by the State of New Jersey such as grocery stories, pharmacies, gas stations, mail delivery, essential government employees, or others necessary jobs. 

Child care is being offered at four of the Lakeview Child Center locations for children six-weeks-old to 13-years-old.  The Hamilton location at 4 Hamilton Health Place is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week.  Meanwhile, the Horizon location (500 Horizon Center, Robbinsville), Lawerenceville (4 Princess Road, Lawrence) and West Windsor (707 Alexander Road) centers are providing child care Monday through Friday 7:00 am until 6:30 pm.  

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In addition, the Hamilton YMCA is providing child care services are "for those who need us most, such as emergency medical services, police, fire, and hospital employees.  We want to make sure the medical professionals in our community have a safe place for their children to stay as they care for a growing number of our loved ones during this difficult time."

The YMCA care is available for children between the ages of three and 12 at two locations -- the Hamilton Area YMCA JKR Branch at 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton and the University Heights Elementary School at 645 Paxson Avenue, Hamilton -- beginning on Tuesday, April 7 between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.   Detailed information about signing up for these services can be found on their website.

The State of New Jersey is providing financial assistance for childcare services for essential services.  Information about that subsidy is through the State Department of Human Services. 

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