COVID-19 Resources: Parents


YMCA Emergency Child Care

Child care offered for essential workers and vulnerable children only, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. There is a screening prior to entry into the facility, and space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Children must be enrolled prior to drop-off. Read more and enroll on their website.

YMCA Virtual Family Resources

Large collection of virtual resources that foster learning, healthy living, exploration and play.

Childcare for Essential Workers

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care will open Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs during the COVID-19 outbreak to provide priority access for families of emergency personnel, emdical staff, and others critical to confronting COVID-19. Check here for more details.

Communities United Inc. (Head Start)

For families who are concerned about how they will afford preschool for the upcoming school year - Head Start offers free early education to qualifying low-income families. They also partner with community organizations to provide support and resources to families. In determining eligibility for the free Head Start slots, they give families the chance to talk to them about any crisis that they many have encountered during the pandemic - job loss, change in income, mental health changes, etc, so they can assist families who are in high need.

Applications for September are available on their website (in English, Spanish, and Portuguese). Agencies or individual families can email Sara MacDonald or Liz for assistance, or to send in a completed application.

Other Resources

Diaper Depot

Free distribution of diapers.

Monthly- July date to be announced.
McDevitt Middle School
75 Church St, Waltham

Walker pick-up at the front door (Church St), car pick-up at the side entrance (Summer St).

Thom Charles River Early Intervention Program

Provides services for children from birth to three and their families. Families can self-refer and services are available in multiple languages and on multiple platforms. Children are eligible based on delay, risk of delay and/or a diagnosed medical condition. Early intervention is open year round as a service.

Eligibility is being broadly defined right now and all parents with questions about their child’s development are encouraged to contact (781) 894-6564 or

Family Preparedness Packets

From Mass Legal Services, packets to prepare families in case they get sick.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Child Life Department

The Child Life Department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital has compiled a resource list for supporting children during COVID-19.

Family ACCESS Community Connections

Offer a weekly activities calendar, with early learning and development programs for families with children 0-8. Learn and Plays in English and Spanish, activities, crafts, and community resources. Updates are posted on their website and Facebook page.

Teen Summer programming at the Waltham Public Library
Virtual summer hang outs for teens.  Grades 6-12.  July 6-Aug 27.
Flyer Here