For Immediate Release - July 18, 2018
A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the YMCA of Central Virginia is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Appomattox County, and Nelson County to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s pro-gram offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.
“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6 pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Teena Williams, Child Care Director, YMCA of Central Virginia. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”
In addition to before school and after-school care, the Y offers vacation camp, and school days out care. In the event of a snow day, or teacher works day, the YMCA may offer full day care to before and after school participants at no additional cost to the family. Kids that participate in the program will receive healthy snacks, art and craft time, outdoor games and play, inside gym time, opportunities for homework time, and the chance to build lasting friendships while making memories. Vacation and snow days can include swimming at the Y and fun field trips throughout the community.
Through a unique partnership with Lynchburg City Schools, the YMCA can offer dinner to kids at Lynchburg City School sites this year. Each afternoon children participating in the program at Lynchburg City Schools will receive a meal at no additional cost to the families.
The YMCA of Central Virginia accepts DSS and donor supported financial assistance is available to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career.
For more information about the YMCA of Central Virginia afterschool program, please contact the YMCA’s Child Care Administrative Office at 434.847.8750 or visit www.ymcacva.org.