News and Tribune

August 8, 2013

YMCA Child Care Program addresses academic, social needs

Greater Clark County and New Albany-Floyd County district students eligible

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the beginning and end of the school day can boost their academic success.

To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the YMCA of Southern Indiana is offering a Child Care Enrichment Program [formally known as Before and After School Care] to school-aged children throughout Greater Clark County and New Albany-Floyd County schools. This program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.

During the school year, 15.1 million U.S. children are left unsupervised after 3 p.m., according to the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness advocacy organization. In Indiana, 30 percent of children are left alone and responsible for taking care of themselves. With the start of the new school year, the YMCA of Southern Indiana encourages parents to make sure that children are involved in safe, educational experiences after school.

“At the YMCA of Southern Indiana we believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve,” said Meredith Clipp-Rodriquez, School Age Child Care director at the YMCA of Southern Indiana. “In the Y’s Child Care Enrichment Program, youth are cultivating values, skills and relationships and have an extra support system that encourages them to achieve success.”

Studies show participation in afterschool programs helps boost school attendance and academic performance and reduces gaps in academic achievement among children from disadvantaged households.

The YMCA of Southern Indiana’s Child Care Enrichment Program promotes a love for learning, social and emotional development, and character and creativity. In this program youth receive assistance with their homework and can also explore arts, physical fitness, nutrition, science, math and more. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.

For more information about the YMCA of Southern Indiana’s Child Care Enrichment Program, contact Clipp-Rodriquez at 812-206-4895 or email her at mclipp@ymcasi.org. You can also visit the Y’s website at ymcasi.org