Frost Valley YMCA is happy to announce that they are now offering the School-age Child Care program being held at the Tri-Valley Elementary School for students in grades pre K, in addition to grades K-6. The program runs on school days until 5:45 pm and is designed to provide parents with the reassurance that their child will spend after-school time in a safe and supportive environment.
Why is this new after-school program important? According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC), two-thirds of parents say they have trouble finding local programs after the school day ends — the time when most juvenile crimes and risky youth behaviors take place. NYVPRC found that children who do not spend any time in after-school activities are 49 percent more likely to experiment with drugs, and are also at the highest risk of becoming a victim of violence, especially between the hours of 2-6 pm.
Children who participate in the Frost Valley School-age Child Care will enjoy a healthy snack, time for homework or reading, age-specific activities, and structured programs such as physical activities, sports, crafts, games, and more. The cost of the program is $13 per day. Limited bussing is available for a small additional fee (the bus leaves at 5 p.m.).
“School-age Child Care is so important for our community. While there are already great local child care centers, there are simply not enough to meet the need,” says Frost Valley’s Community Programs Director Katia Martin. “Our program will help bridge the gap and provide quality programming. Parents will be able to complete their workday without the stress of wondering, ‘Who will be watching my kids?’ ” Parents can contact Katia Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-985-2291 for information.
If the after school program is of interest to you, don’t forget that Frost Valley’s Winter Break Day Camp takes place December 27, 2016- January 2, 2017. Campers spend their days enjoying activities including Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Sleigh Riding, Snow Adventures, Broomball and Arts & Crafts. Weather permitting; campers will also have the opportunity to take an offsite trip to a local indoor pool. Winter Break Day Camp is for ages 4-16 and includes daily transportation and lunch at no additional fee. Visit FrostValley.org to learn more or call 845-985-2291 to register in advance.