YMCA opens after school care enrollment


Enrollment has begun for the Harrison Family YMCA's Before and After School Care programs.


From Contributed Reports

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Harrison Family YMCA is open for enrollment into its Before and After School Care programs.

At YMCA After School, kids expand their learning beyond the classroom. Trained child care staff use a balanced curriculum with opportunities for character development, STEM activities, arts and humanities, community service and physical activity. The YMCA is here to provide your child with a safe, caring environment full of fun and learning.

YMCA After School is a structured program with time for kids to start homework, engage in active fun and enjoy a snack with friends. The trained counselors help each child to be his or her best by developing individual potential, building self-esteem, encouraging healthy behavior, respecting diversity and imparting positive values.

The YMCA provides 13 locations to serve as many children and families as possible. Locations include the YMCA’s 5-Star licensed “Future Leaders” Childcare Center, Bailey Elementary, Benvenue Elementary, Coopers Elementary, Englewood Elementary, M.B. Hubbard Elementary, Nashville Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, Spring Hope Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary, Winstead Avenue Elementary, Rocky Mount Preparatory and Martin Millennium Academy.

The program consists of after school, before school, before & after school combined, drop-in after school only and all-day programming when school is out, which is called “holiday camp.” Whatever you need, the YMCA will be there for your needs.

One in four U.S. children is left unsupervised at the end of school day, according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. With the start of the new school year, the Harrison Family YMCA encourages parents and caregivers to make sure that their children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school hours.

“Research shows that afterschool programs can help children perform better in school, practice healthy habits and engage in positive lifestyle behaviors. If left unsupervised at the end of the school day, students miss out on positive influences that encourage achievement and deter risk-taking activities,” said Jacquelyn Price, chief executive officer of the Harrison Family YMCA. “The Y’s afterschool programs promote a love for learning, social and emotional development, healthy choices, and provide children with an extra support system through positive role models and caring adults.”

The YMCA is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen and through afterschool programming, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. Financial assistance is also available to those in need to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. You must apply at the YMCA.

Annual Campaign Funds are raised each year to help provide this benefit to those that need the YMCA’s services most. To donate, click “donate” at harrisonfamilyY.org or contact Alyssa Matthews, marketing and development director, at 252-972-9622 ext. 232 or amatthews@rmymca.org.

For more information, call 252-972-9622 or go to www.harrisonfamilyy.org .