EXTENDED LEARNING

As the landscape of learning continues to change, the YMCA of the Golden Crescent remains committed to serving you and your child through extended learning opportunities.

As a leader in youth development, the Y Extended Learning Programs serve hundreds of local children on a daily basis providing safe, quality, affordable educational childcare. School age children are welcome to enroll in any of our programs during the school year.

Enrollment is open to any student. This includes in-school learning, remote learning or homeschool students. Ages vary per branch. Y Members receive a discount. Both members and the community are welcome to enroll.

 

Y EXTENDED LEARNING IS:

  • CCS (Child Care Services) Vendor (After School Program only)
  • Licensed by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
  • Different programs to fit your needs
  • Low staff-to-child ratios
  • Highly qualified staff who receive ongoing education
  • All staff undergo pre-employment drug tests & background checks


WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Small Groups to ensure distancing rules

  • Fun, engaging curriculum to include but not limited to: 

    Arts & Crafts, Health, Wellness & Fitness, Math & Literacy
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Virtual learning and homework assistance
  • Social interaction
  • Physical activity daily
  • Positive, values-based environment
 

ASSESSING YOUTH OUTCOMES

The YMCA utilizes the Hello Insight to assess youth outcomes in school age child care programs: Social and Emotional Learning Youth Survey to measure six SEL capacities: self-management, social skills, contribution, positive identity, academic self-efficacy and social capital.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing the “soft skills” young people need to get along as they grow up: to manage themselves as they engage with the world; build and maintain relationships; and treat setbacks and challenges as learning experiences to prompt growth. SEL capacities have been proven to contribute to longer-term gains such as thriving, decreased risk-taking behaviors and increased academics.

To monitor overall program quality, the YMCA uses the nationally recognized, validated instrument, the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool, which is designed to measure the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. The tool is used to assess in the following areas:

  • Safe and supportive environment
  • Staff and youth interaction and engagement
  • Youth- centered policies and practices
Results from each assessment are used to identify areas of success and identify opportunities for improvement through a continuous improvement plan. Follow up training is available to staff based their individual professional skills and competencies.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

We believe every child deserves access to high-quality care. For more information about our financial assistance program and documents needed upon application, visit your branch page.

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