Child Care Resources for Healthcare Essential Workers and First Responders

  • On April 2, the Arlington Board of Education approved a resolution to financially support child care for children of first responders or essential healthcare workers

    For parents who are essential healthcare workers or first responders and in need of child care, you may contact
    Healthy Kids via Cassandra at (845) 330-0199 or During the school year, Arlington partners with Healthy Kids to provide before and after care for school-aged children. During this time of need, we are continuing to partner with Healthy Kids to provide child care services for first responders and healthcare workers. Currently, Healthy Kids is operating out of their Poughkeepsie location.They have two sites across the street from one another.  

    • 103 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie is for children under 4 years old
    • 70 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie is for children 5-12 years old

    If parents choose to use Healthy Kids, please inform them that you are an essential healthcare worker or first responder, that you reside in the Arlington Central School District, and that your children attend Arlington schools. The District will verify family information and confirm with Healthy Kids for payment of the child care.

    Healthy Kids is the only organization that our District has made arrangements with to provide payment for child care for first responders and essential healthcare workers.  

    Another resource to help you find child care is the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam. They may be reached at (845) 473-4141. They are prioritizing meeting the needs of healthcare workers and first responders.

    In addition, below is a list of community partners indicating they have capacity to take on additional children in their programs:

    • Friends and Fun 
      During the school year, Arlington partners with Friends and Fun to provide before and after care for school aged children. They also have a daycare in Pleasant Valley with capacity. Please call Sarah Murphy at (845) 206-6592 if you would like to explore this option. 
    • Cinnamon Tree
      Please call 845-227-9225 for more information. 

    • Do you work in Westchester County? 

      As per the Westchester county executive, school districts in Westchester County are providing free childcare from 8 AM to 6 PM for children ages 5 to 12. 

      Health care workers and first responders who live outside Westchester, but work within the county can take advantage of the child care program. If you are a Westchester County healthcare worker or first responder seeking child care to be able to go to work, please contact Blanca Lopez at