For parents trying to figure out how to go to work while kids begin school virtually, YMCA of Austin is launching full-time day care to support online instruction at some Austin Independent School District locations, other school campuses and some YMCAs.


Austin ISD schools begin on Aug. 18, but will not be in person for at least the first three weeks. Other school districts also are launching virtually this year.


The full-day program runs 7:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will begin Aug. 17 and end Sept. 4. It will put kids into small groups and provide for social distancing and other health measures while providing learning support for school, physical activity, art and music, as well as after-school care.


The program is $195 a week with financial assistance available.


Since the beginning of the pandemic, the YMCA of Austin has been offering this kind of program to children of essential workers. It also opened up its summer camp program this summer.


The Austin locations are


Baranoff Elementary


Galindo Elementary


Joslin Elementary


Patton Elementary


Ridgetop Elementary


North Austin YMCA


East Communities YMCA


Austin Achieve


Camp Moody YMCA’s program will run longer until Sept. 25, and the IDEA Parmer Park location will run Aug. 11-Sept. 18.


More information on safety protocols is available at eacymca.org. All programs require a minimum of 30 students enrolled to begin. Dates will change as the school calendar changes.


To get more information or enroll, 512-236-YMCA or www.austinymca.org/programs/virtual-learning-support.