If you turn on the TV or listen in to the radio, chances are you’ve already noticed the influx of back to school ads. Although it seems like the summertime is just getting started, before you know it, backpacks will be packed and kiddos will be on their way to the first day of school. While it’s wonderful that children will once again be back in the classroom and spending their days in a supportive, enriching environment, difficulties often arise when after-school resources are not accessible. Especially for single-parent households or households with two working parents, it can be difficult to coordinate schedules and assure that students can continue to prosper once the last bell of the school day has rung. Thankfully, the Capital Area YMCA is stepping up to the plate with an after-school program to help your little one thrive all semester long.

Registration is officially open for the Capital Area YMCA’s 2023-2024 after-school program. Programming for the year will begin on Monday, September 11th from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. Students from the following schools are eligible to apply: Village Charter, Foundation Academy, Joyce Kilmer School, Jefferson School, Stokes, Gregory Elementary, and Monument Elementary. Bussing will also be provided, although please note there must be at least 5 participants per location in order to be included on the route.

At the after-school program, children will have the opportunity to continue learning long after the school day has finished. Students will have access to homework help, STEM projects, health education, and more to help keep young minds engaged all throughout the day. Kiddos can also look forward to abundance of after-school fun, including physical activity, arts and crafts, multi-cultural exploration, board games, dance, and indoor/outdoor free play. All this, alongside the provided transportation and dinner, help to assure that the physical, emotional, and mental needs of children remain met even after the school day is through.

Through their after-school offerings and other community programs, the Capital Area YMCA has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of Trenton’s youngest residents. Through meaningful programming and a nurturing staff on-site, children in our community can now receive the affordable, accessible care that they need. If you are interested in enrolling your child for the after-school program but are in need of financial assistance, more details on assistance programs can be accessed here: Financial Assistance – YMCA.┬áParent can also call Child Care Connections at 609-989-7770 for more information on how to access childcare assistance in the region.

The school year is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss the chance to take advantage of this fantastic programming. If you would like to learn more prior to applying, please contact Program Director, Victoria Gist, at vgist@capitalymca.org for further details. The Capital Area YMCA is the place to be this upcoming school year, so be sure to register today!

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