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Spots Open for the Y Academy at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2020) — The Y Academy at the University of Kentucky has spaces available for UK and UK HealthCare employees working on-site who are in search of child care options. Located on campus at the corner of Alumni Drive and Nicholasville Road, the Y Academy is designed to provide a safe, fun and nurturing environment for remote learning. Students receive support with virtual lessons and activities while also engaging in physical fitness, STEAM challenges, social-emotional learning and more.  

Click here to register online.  

The YMCA’s Y Academy at UK follows all Healthy at Work for Childcare Program policies in addition to meeting their state licensing requirements and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) cleaning recommendations. 

All staff and students over the age of 5 are required to wear masks and participate in a daily health screening and temperature check. Currently, groups are limited to no more than 10 children, in compliance with the CDC’s and the Department of Social Services’ latest guidance. The staff has also developed and follow extensive cleaning protocols, with cleaning occurring before opening, before and after each activity (including mealtime), during transitions and extensive sanitizing/disinfecting at closing.  

The Y Academy at UK is open from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 18, 2020. For more program information, please contact Kathryn Cook at    

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) funds are also accepted. More information is available from the YMCA of Central Kentucky.   

If you are interested in partial-week care, contact or  

In addition to the Y Academy at UK, you can find other child care centers near campus on the UK Human Resources website. UK HR also offers Big Blue Family Care, which connects UK employees with UK students who are available to provide occasional child care. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.