Capital District YMCA warns of childcare staffing crisis

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The YMCA of the Capital District is putting out a warning that they’re facing a childcare crisis.

Right now, there isn’t enough staff to run all of its before and after-school care.

It’s the latest in an ongoing struggle for many parents to find childcare.

The YMCA is missing about half their staff across the Capital Region childcare locations. They’re looking to hire about 140 people before the school year starts in just a few weeks.

The Y’s Before and After Care serves about 1,400 kids across the Capital Region, and 14 school districts.

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The YMCA says the positions start at minimum wage. They say they can’t pay more, because parents can’t afford to pay for more expensive care.

The YMCA says this job can be good for high school or college students, anyone who has some flexibility in the morning or afternoon.

You can learn more at any YMCA branch.

Hear about how the childcare crisis has already impacted one Capital Region mom in a big way by watching the video of Stella Porter’s story.

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