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CHILD & YOUTH
DEVELOPMENT

With a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement, the Y serves families and children from kindergarten through middle school with distance learning support, homework support, full-day, and part-time child care options.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

YMCA child care provides opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports & recreation, homework and distance learning support to assist students in meeting their teacher-assigned requirements; arts, science, math and technology that allow students to engage in programs often underfunded in public schools; all while socializing with friends in a safe and healthy environment.

With the changing landscape of education, we understand the need parents and students have for additional support. In our distance learning lab time, we offer educational support for children K – 8th grade. With Chrome books available (or a student may bring their own) our team of teachers will work with the children from one-hour to multiple hours to support learning, complete classwork and/or homework.

Learning Bridge Program

Learning Bridge is a structured, academic enrichment program that reinforces concepts taught in your child’s classroom based on state and district standards. This program operates on all school days from TK dismissal until all school dismissal. Extended childcare also available until 6pm. Learning Bridge is available for children ages 4.9 and up at select YMCA childcare sites. Contact your nearest location for more information.

Core Components of the Program:

  • Language Arts/Literacy
  • Science/Technology
  • Construction/Problem Solving
  • Mathematics/Manipulative Activities
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Character Development
  • Inclusion support for children with special needs

Youth experience curriculum through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, clubs, service learning projects, and enrichment centers.  YMCA curriculum is flexible and fun and children are included in the planning process. Children engage in hands-on activities that develop critical-thinking skills, problem solving, working within a team and more. In addition, the program especially allows children the opportunity to learn through enrichment programs that develop knowledge and application of STEAM; Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Core Components of the Club Curriculum

  • Homework Support
  • Healthy Eating & Physical Activity
  • Art & Culture
  • Science
  • Technology

Core Elements of the Club Curriculum

  • Social Competence and Personal Development
  • Character Education
  • Literacy
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness

Y Kids are Club Kids

Clubs will engage your child and encourage them to explore their talents, interests, and abilities in a safe & supportive environment. Current clubs include:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Cooking
  • Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Gardening
  • Sports
  • Photography
  • Science

Clubs offer the chance for kids to develop new hobbies and help in the activity planning process.  Clubs vary by location.

The Y Inclusion Program provides one-on-one support to children with special needs as they attend local afterschool programs in Orange County.

  • Parents/guardians will check-in and pick up children outside of child care rooms.
  • Parents/guardians will need to confirm health statements prior to sign-in.
  • All children will be subject to contactless temperature checks.
  • Any child exhibiting signs of an illness cannot be accepted.
  • Face coverings for childcare participants are required during check-in, check out, and only during times when social distancing cannot be maintained. Children can wear a face covering at all times if directed to do so by their caregiver.  All children are required to have a face-covering readily available at the center. Face coverings will be made available to anyone who arrives without one. Parents of children attending a childcare center are required to wear face-covering when checking in and out their child.

The YMCA is proud of its heritage and commitment to make its character-building, family enriching programs available to everyone in the communities we serve. Annually, we receive support from hundreds of members, community leaders, and businesses who believe in our purpose and contribute generously to our Annual Campaign, investing in youth and families. Funds are distributed to families with a financial need in our community.

Financial Assistance Form

An non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of enrollment, and yearly in September thereafter.  Any time a family drops and returns to the program this will result in a new registration fee.

Holiday Breaks and Pupil Free Days – What you need to know!

Pupil Free Days – The YMCA offers full-day child care on specific singular days when school is not session. These singular days are included with all full-time monthly fees and with part-time fees as long as the pupil free day falls on one of your regularly scheduled days. If the pupil free day does not fall within your current part-time schedule, an additional fee will apply. These days the Y will offer curriculum-based activities, outdoor play, and more. Please check with your Y  director to see a full list of included days.

Holiday Breaks: The YMCA offers full-day child care on specific weeks when school is not in session. All children are welcome to attend and participate in curriculum-based activities, outdoor play, and more. If you are a full-time family, these days/weeks are included with your monthly fee of $650. If you are a part-time family these days are not included in your monthly fee. If you would like to enroll your child to attend any of these days/weeks, please speak with your site director. They can discuss with you the additional fees required and provide you with will all the necessary paperwork. The Holiday Breaks schedule include:

  • Winter Recess
  • Thanksgiving Recess
  • Spring Break
  • Summer Break – Please see separate information below pertaining to Summer Break.

 

What are the additional fees for Holiday Breaks? Part-time families who wish to attend full-days during the holiday breaks will transition to the $650 per month plan for the specific set of days, the amount will be pro-rated, and the plan will automatically revert back after the days have been completed.

Will I have to pay an additional registration fee? No additional registration fees will be required to change from part-time to full-time for Holiday Breaks.

Will I lose my spot in my regular part-time program if I make this change? No, the change will only be for the specific requested days/weeks. Once those have been completed, you will automatically revert to your regular schedule, unless otherwise discussed differently.

Summer Break. The YMCA provides Summer Day Camp programming on school campuses during the summer school break. We offer full-time and part-time options. All families are required to register and pay a non-refundable Activities fee of $100. Learn more about Summer Day Camp Programming at https://ymcaoc.org/summer-day-camp/

YMCA child care locations offer full-day camps during periods when school is in recess. Click below for more information.

Spring Break Camp

Summer Day Camp

Winter Day Camp

$100 Childcare Credit
Refer a friend to the YMCA Child Care Program and when they enroll, you get a $100 credit!

Up to 50% Off Youth Programs*
Participants of our YMCA Child Care Program are eligible for up to 50% off youth programs at YMCAOC Health & Fitness centers.
*must be enrolled in a fee-based child care program.

50% Off Fitness Facility Membership
Active Child Care Program participants get 50% off family membership at YMCAOC Health & Fitness Centers – Only $46/month for the whole family!
*must be enrolled in fee-based child care program. Discounts are not retroactive to previous months of service or membership at the time being requested.

**Offers may not be combined. Some exclusions apply.

The YMCA Child Care Program philosophy is rooted in the YMCA mission, vision, and core values:

RESPONSIBILITY – RESPECT – CARING – HONESTY

The Y provides an inclusive before and after school care program that supports the needs and priorities of the child, the family and the school. Our programs facilitate the development of the whole child through meaningful experiences, programs, and collaborations that build relationships and a sense of community.

Program Philosophy and Core Values

  • Our programs provide a safe, secure and supportive environment.
  • We believe a child’s experience is dependent on family life and community life – our programs support the entire family through programming and character based curriculum.
  • We believe in focusing on a child’s abilities rather than their shortcomings.
  • We believe when youth are exposed to consistent displays of positive character traits, they will develop a healthy self esteem and a willingness to help others.
  • We believe by supporting the local school, children will experience success.
  • We believe building strong kids and strong families will strengthen the foundation of our communities.

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PARENT FACTS

94% of parents believe the Y has a positive impact on their child’s social development

96% of parents feel their child is safe when they are at the Y

95% of parents would recommend the Y to their friends and family

Source: 2018-19 school year YMCA participant surveys.

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