COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Programs and Providers

Childcare Program Guidance


If you are an Essential Worker, and in need of child care services to support your family during this time, the SLO County YMCA is here to help.

The Y is opening a Day Camp at C.L. Smith Elementary School in San Luis Obispo to support children in grades K-6th in a supportive environment.

  • Camp located at C.L. Smith Elementary School, 1375 Balboa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
  • Full Day and Half Day Options Available, 5 Days a Week (Monday - Friday, 7 AM - 6 PM)
  • Program for K - 6th grades with academic support and enrichment provided by experienced SLO County YMCA Staff
  • Strict health procedures and guidelines in place
  • $25 for Full Day, $15 for Half Day
  • Lunch will be provided
  • This program is in partnership with SLOCOE, Cuesta College Early Childhood Education Program, and CAPSLO
  • Financial Assistance is Available
  • Preschool program may become available, more information to come

For more information and to register

Childcare Financial Assistance

In response to COVID-19, State legislation has passed that includes child care assistance to families of Essential Workers. This child care assistance is being offered on a limited basis through June 30, 2020 services.

Prioritization of families are as follows:

  1. At-Risk populations (Children at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation, foster children, families experiencing homelessness, children of domestic violence)
  2. Essential Workers (as defined in the Governor’s Executive Order) whose income is within 85% of the State Median Income  Ex: Family size of 4 max gross monthly income, $6,719.
  3. Families with children with disabilities or special needs
  4. Essential Workers whose income exceeds 85% of the State Median Income and are not able to work remotely.

If you are within one of the categories listed above and in need of child care assistance through June 30th please complete the following two documents:

Self Certification Form

Spanish Self Certification Form

Application Form

Spanish Application Form

 If you need to find a child care provider you can visit the CAPSLO webite for online referral service, or you can call 805-541-2272. Funds for this program are very limited; a timely response is imperative.