After School Care

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Parent Handbook

2017-18 Registration Packet

48 hours' notice is required before your child begins the program in order to ensure timely communication for transportation. Please register as early as possible. Spaces are limited.

The YMCA is more than just a child care center. When you join the YMCA, you are part of a community that provides positive experiences for a lifetime.

YMCA SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE

Program Features:

  • Homework assistance

  • Healthy snacks provided

  • C.A.T.C.H. nutrition and physical education

  • Enrichment activities

  • Science fair

  • Art and literature expos

  • Special events and holiday celebrations

  • Family events

  • Vacation camp during school closures

  • Literacy program

SERVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF:

EAST BRUNSWICK

MILLTOWN

SOUTH RIVER

HATIKVAH CHARTER SCHOOL

ST. BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL


WHAT IS THE YMCA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ALL ABOUT?

YMCA Facility Features

  • Enrichment Program Space
  • Gymnasium
  • Environmental Nature Center
  • Aerobics studio
  • Reading room
  • Outdoor playground
  • Seasonal Aquatics Facility
  • Tennis court
  • Basketball court
  • Outdoor Camp Grounds
  • Arts and Cooking Room
  • Gaga Court
  • Archery (10 years & Up)
  • Table Tennis Courts
  • Birthday Party Room
  • Outdoor Wellness Stations

The YMCA's After school program provides children with a safe and fun environment full of new experiences and activities to keep everyone engaged, enriched, and inspired to try new things. The YMCA serves multiple communities and is designed to build self-esteem, teach life skills, provide homework assistance and give children the chance to play both in structured activities and in supervised free play. The YMCA program provides children with a chance to increase physical activity, improve nutrition knowledge, reduce screen time, and build positive character values.

School age kids in the Raritan Valley Y childcare program will also benefit from the advantages of being at a YMCA facility dedicated to an active lifestyle. Our facility features provide opportunities for children to experience educational, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth to help them achieve their goals and dreams.


WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO IN THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM?

Children in the YMCA program participate in sports, fitness, games, cooking, dance, crafts, nature, science, reading and many more great age appropriate activities. Weekly activities are designed around each month's theme.

2016-17 MONTHLY THEMES

Children in the Y’s After School Program also:

Organized a Health Fair

Displayed their work in an Art Show

Raised Funds in a Student Run Pretzel Sale

Volunteered their time to help others in need

Made discoveries at their own Science Fair

Participated in Healthy U/CATCH program

Contributed to the YMCA's Diversity Dinner

Learned about themselves and others around them

Discovered their interests and dreams

and much, much more...


MORE DETAILS

Parent Handbook Our Child Care Handbook, detailing all our policies and procedures is required reading before registering. Please click here to review.

Ages and Grades

The YMCA After School Care Program serves students from grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, and serves elementary age students up to 6th in our Kids Club. Our Middle and Junior School program for students in 6th-8th grade adds extra enrichment in the areas of Physical Health and Fitness, Volunteerism and Leadership Development.

Transportation

The YMCA provides transportation from all East Brunswick, Milltown, and South River Schools and select charter schools. We strive to provide the best experience and make the greatest impact with quality programming while also including transportation time. As such, the list of schools below may change, pending registration requests. Other arrangements may be made on a case-by-case basis. Also, you may be able to request transportation from your child’s school district to the Y to participate in our program.

Bowne-Monro Elementary School, East Brunswick

Central Elementary School, East Brunswick

Churchill Junior High School, East Brunswick

Hatikvah Charter School, East Brunswick

Irwin Elementary School, East Brunswick

Robert Frost Elementary School, East Brunswick

Hammarskjold Middle School, East Brunswick

Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, Milltown

Lawrence Brook Elementary School, East Brunswick
Memorial Elementary School, East Brunswick

Murray A. Chittick Elementary School, East Brunswick

Parkview Elementary School, Milltown

South River Elementary School, South River

South River Primary School, South River

Warnsdorfer Elementary School, East Brunswick

Hours

After School care runs from school dismissal until 7:00pm. The Y also makes arrangements for pick-up at each school on early dismissal days. Late fees apply to those picking up after 7:00pm.

Registration: To register, please download the Registration Packet or stop by the YMCA. We will be happy to give you a tour and assist you with the registration process. You can contact us by calling 732-257-4114. Our Child Care Handbook, detailing all our policies and procedures is required reading before registering. Priority Registration is given to returning families until August 1st. Spaces will be filled in the order they are received. All paperwork must be returned no later than August 25th to start the program on the first day of school, pending space availability. Two(2) business days’ notice is required after the first week of school to ensure timely communication for transportation. Please register early.

Financial Assistance is available with funds raised through our annual campaign efforts to those who qualify. You may apply by completing an application for assistance, following all instructions to apply for other opportunities, and submit the required documents with a completed registration packet. At least 2 weeks is required for review and notification of scholarship awards. Please apply early or choose to register with fees dues at time of registration until a decision is made. Spaces will not be held without an award letter or payment in full, including deposits and membership fees.


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT?

The YMCA offers Vacation Camp and Summer Day Camp during the times when school is out. You must have a current YMCA Membership and pre-register for this program at least two business days prior to each specific program. Spaces are limited, so please register early.