At the Y, we create a nurturing environment where children can develop socially and participate in activities that complement their learning and academic achievement. Please see below for details about a typical day in our program:
21st Century Skills
Project-based learning aligned with the school-day curriculum that involves teamwork, time management, STEM, etc.
Projects with clear learning objectives that engage youth in planning, implementation, and debriefing
Family and Parent Engagement
Multiple ways for parents and families to engage including monthly events, interactions with staff, and volunteer opportunities
Global Learning and Inclusion
Cultural events and projects that explore diverse perspectives, ideas, beliefs, and customs
Wellness and Nutrition
Nutrition education and other activities related to well-being aligned with the Y’s HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. This initiative fosters the best possibly nutrition and physical activity outcomes for K-12 Before and After Care participants. The program incorporates the Healthy U program utilizing the CATCH Curriculum and Character Development, and Social/Emotional Learning.
Indoor or outdoor activities that align with the Y’s HEPA Standards and are structured through the Healthy U curriculum.
A time for small groups or partners to by grade to work on homework in the presence of an adult staff member.
Math or Literacy
Broad-based conceptual/cognitive learning that may or may not directly relate to school content beyond homework.
Sanford Harmony Social & Emotional Learning activities for children to learn how to express their emotions
Leadership Development and Service Learning
Experiences that intentionally allow participants to plan, develop, and lead program components with staff support. Projects with clear learning objectives that engage youth in planning, implementation, and debriefing.
Each site will receive a snack provided through either the YMCA program or the school district.