The Altru Family YMCA is providing child care primarily for health care workers and first responders but is closed for general use in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The YMCA Educational Center remains open until further notice, said Patti McEnroe, membership and marketing director.

The center is also open to children of workers in other fields, said Janine Jorgenson, child care director, noting that she has a couple openings in the preschool, or age 3- to 5-year-old, level.

Parents do not need to be YMCA members to enroll children in the center, Jorgenson said.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Child care is a major concern for parents, especially in these unsettling times, she said.

“If they’re working and need a safe place for their kids to go, it’s critical right now," she said.

“At the YMCA, the health and safety of all who walk through our doors has always been a top priority,” said McEnroe, adding that the board decision to close the Y for general use, effective March 18, was made based on recommendations of the CDC and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

For more information, call Jorgenson at the YMCA, (701) 775-2586.