The registration deadline is nearing for the Before & After School Program held at the YMCA during the 2019-2020 school year. Students in the Clarion-Limestone School District need to be registered by July 29 and students in the Clarion Area School District need to be registered by mid-August.
Parents of children entering kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to receive care through the YMCA Younger Years Child Care program. The program is fully licensed and operates from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the YMCA.
Children in the program will receive a healthy snack, physical activity, gym time, homework assistance, swimming, a values and character program, and use of the YMCA while supervised by licensed and certified staff.
Before & After School Care will be held at the Clarion County YMCA all 180 days of school, during school days off, snow days and vacation days.
Registration for the program is available through July 29 for Clarion-Limestone students and through Mid-August for Clarion Area students. Limited space is available for up to age 12.
“This is a great opportunity for older children to receive care before and after school,” said Michelle Miller, YMCA Child Care Director. “We currently have two schools providing bus transportation to and from the YMCA in the morning and afternoon, but those spots are very limited and arrangements must be made by the deadlines.”
Clarion Area School District and Clarion-Limestone School District have agreed to provide bus transportation for the program. Seats on those buses are limited. Registration must be complete to arrange guaranteed transportation with the school districts.
YMCA Child Care Staff provide activities focused on academic enhancement, character, social growth, and physical activity. Children connect with others to build lasting relationships, develop a sense of belonging, and cultivate a strong character.
“There is a great need for school-age child care in Clarion County,” said Jesse Kelley, Clarion YMCA Branch Director. “We can fill that need and provide valuable activities that will allow kids to stay active and have fun.”
The YMCA is planning for a full Before and After School Program.
“The community showed us there was a need for quality child care,” said Kelley. “We provide so much more than child care. It warms my heart to see the children receiving such an enriching program that allows them to utilize our gymnasium and pool throughout the week.”
The YMCA Younger Years Child Care Center provides more than child care. YMCA teachers care about children and provide a nurturing environment centered in Christian values. The center, which includes care for infants to preschoolers has been full since opening the new YMCA facility in February.
“We anticipate the same need for Before and After School Care,” Kelley noted.