Y ACADEMY – South Sound YMCA

Y ACADEMY

2020-21 school aged programs are open for enrollment!

CARE FOR ALL SCHEDULES

The Y is here for you! As school districts phase into Hybrid instruction models, the YMCA understands the increased need for childcare. We are committed to continuing to provide a safe and supportive space for your children to thrive emotionally and physically.

If you have any questions, please reach out to childcare@ssymca.net for assistance.

Y Excel Academy

OUTDOOR PLAY & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Outdoor play is more important now than ever! In addition to keeping kids physically active and healthy, spending time outdoors limits opportunities to spread airborne illness. At Excel Academy, kids will spend a large portion of each day outdoors with fresh air and plenty of room to thrive.

REMOTE LEARNING & ACADEMIC HELP
We are committed to supporting children with all required distance learning. Simply send them with their computer, and we’ll make sure they join their classes and complete school work as assigned.

CREATIVE PROJECTS
Our curriculum is designed to include a variety of activities so children have a well-rounded experience. Each month, parents can expect to see activities from the following categories:

• Science • Engineering • Arts • College & Career Readiness • Global Learning • Wellness and Nutrition • Group Games • Math & Literacy • Service Learning

NUTRITION MEALS
We know that kid’s brains and bodies need fuel to excel and thrive. In partnership with local school districts, all Y Academy participants receive breakfast and lunch each day.

All Day Childcare

We have been operating all-day childcare at a select number of schools since children were transitioned to remote learning back in March. We will continue to provide all-day childcare for those who need it on days that they are not attending in-person instruction, and for those who are continuing to participate in 100% remote learning. Prices will remain the same as our previous program offerings, but schedules will be accommodating to your hybrid instruction needs.

5 DAYS PER WEEK

All-day childcare at school based locations

$875/month $835/month*
3 DAYS PER WEEK

All-day childcare at school based locations

$630/month $615/month*
2 DAY PER WEEK

All-day childcare at school based locations

$450/month $440/month*

♦ PROGRAM MEMBER RATE  |  * FACILITY MEMBER RATE  | All schedule options allow for payments on either the 1st, or 1st & 15th of each month.

After School Childcare

Due to lower enrollment, we will only be able to offer after-school childcare at a limited number of locations, based on demand, for the two days of the week that children are attending in-person instruction.

2 DAYS PER WEEK

All-day childcare at school based locations

$150/month

$145/month*

♦ PROGRAM MEMBER RATE  |  * FACILITY MEMBER RATE  | All schedule options allow for payments on either the 1st, or 1st & 15th of each month.

AFTER SCHOOL WAITLIST

To show interest in after-school care returning to your school, we have opened waitlists on our program registration page for all schools. We highly encourage all in need of care at their school to sign up on their respective waitlist as soon as possible, and not to wait until children return to in-person instruction. This will ensure that we are prepared, and can have site open when school starts. There will be no charges made until care is open at site.

Please Note – We do not intend to offer before-school care at any location until schools have returned to normal operations.

ALL DAY CARE LOCATIONS

  • Peter G Schmidt Elementary
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • McKenny Elementary
  • Horizons Elementary
  • Mountain View Elementary (Shelton)

YMCA ACADEMY HOURS

  • Y Academy operates from 7:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Y Academy at Mountain View Elementary operates from 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
  • All programs will be closed on major holidays, including the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Our goal is to make high-quality, state licensed childcare accessible to anyone. All of our school-based locations are state licensed and are proud to accept DSHS subsidies. Additionally, thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses around our community, the Y offers financial assistance to ensure all kids and families have access to our programs. Please email childcare@ssymca.net to learn more.

MILITARY FAMILIES
The South Sound YMCA partners with Child Care Aware of America to provide an Army fee-assistance program to families. For more information, please visit their website at childcareaware.org.

SIBLING DISCOUNT
If you register more than one child for Y Care, ALL children on your account will receive a 5% discount on monthly charges for the year. Use discount code: 2021SACC2CD

PROGRAM VS FACILITY MEMBERSHIP
Consider adding a family facility membership! In addition to facility access, members receive discounts on childcare, swim lessons, youth sports, and more! Learn More Here!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORM  REGISTER HERE

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

Since mid-March, the South Sound YMCA has led our region in safely implementing childcare programs that enable children to thrive, parents to work, and our community to stay safe.

Please know that the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is our highest priority. That said, we believe that more than ever, there is a need for kids to develop social skills, make new friends, nurture their creative side, and be physically active.

To ensure the safety and wellness of our students and staff we are implementing social distancing, extra sanitation procedures, and reduced capacity and group sizes according to recommendations from the CDC and Department of Health. Each child will have to complete a wellness check, have their temperature taken, and not be showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before checking in for the day.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of the school districts, YMCA of the USA, and those of our state and federal government agencies.

As the situation continues to change, we will stay in touch with any updates, program changes, and closures.

MITIGATION PROCEDURES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Daily health screenings for staff and participants
  • Requiring masks at all time
  • Implementing a curriculum that specifically encourages social distancing
  • A reconfigured small-group format
  • Limited capacity at each site

Schedule Change / Cancelation Polices

Families are required to give two weeks’ notice prior to draft date to make cancellation of or decrease/increase care. Schedule Change forms will need to be emailed to childcare@ssymca.net.

All refund requests must be approved by the Youth and Community Department. Refunds will be reviewed and processed within 7-11 business days and are available in the form of system credits in the computer, check, or debit/credit card. A debit/credit card refund is only available if the original payment was made with the debit/credit card. Please allow 7 business days for refunds to show back into account. A $5 processing fee will be applied to all check refunds. System credits expire one year from date issued and unclaimed amounts will be considered a donation to the South Sound YMCA.

Child Care Information Request Form