Every new school year – whether it’s kindergarten or junior high – brings with it aspirations and dreams for both parents and children. But back to school can also be a time of stress, as families adopt new routines; students adjust to new teachers, new schools and new classes; and parents juggle increasingly complex schedules.
“Parents can help their kids and themselves by setting bedtime and wake-up routines in advance,” said Jennifer Hubbard, Regional Director, Afterschool and Camp at the C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA. “If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school,” she said. If bedtimes have gotten out of control during the summer, start to get them back in line now by moving bedtime routines up by 15-minutes every night or two.
To help with keeping everyone on the same page at the same time, Hubbard recommends parents use a wall calendar or personal planner to record when assignments are due, tests will be given, and when practices, games, rehearsals, and performances will occur. Writing these things down on a calendar where everyone can see them can be a great stress reliever.
Both Hubbard and Dominique Beard, Regional Director, Afterschool and Camp for the YMCA of Central Kentucky, recommend parents pay attention to breakfast. “Feed your kids a nutritious and filling breakfast before sending them to school,” Beard suggested, as children learn best when they have a nutritious breakfast onboard. If breakfast just isn’t going to happen in your home, investigate breakfast programs at school and take advantage of them.
Don’t forget before and after school
Kids are constantly learning – at home, at school and at all times in between. At the YMCA of Central Kentucky, we specialize in helping kids learn during those “in between” times.
The Y’s before and after school programs help kids develop self-confidence; practice existing skills and learn new ones; and build networks of mentors and friends who will be with them throughout childhood and beyond. Even better, the Y’s programs are affordable prices and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Y child care is family-centered, value-based and designed to nurture healthy physical, intellectual and emotional development. YMCA child care providers work together with parents to help children grow up to be strong, healthy and happy.
Constant discovery is central to a child’s development. At the YMCA, every activity is carefully designed to foster curiosity and learning in a safe environment. Y programs help kids exercise their imaginations, build character and develop the skills they need to be lifelong learners.
Y activities emphasize enrichment, literacy, social competency, physical activity, self-confidence, critical thinking and problem solving and healthy behaviors. Y before/after school programs are open to students in grades kindergarten through eighth-grade.
The YMCA of Central Kentucky provides child care service in six licensed locations, one enrichment program and three branch locations.
The Y’s before school program begins at 7:15 a.m (Leestown Middle School starts at 7 a.m.); afterschool programs go from school dismissal to 6 p.m. (High Street enrichment program runs dismissal of school to 5 p.m.) In some cases, transportation to and from school is available; details are available at ymcacky.org/afterschool.
Y Child care benefits
• Licensed by the state of Kentucky (High Street YMCA is an enrichment program only)
• Full and part-week child care options available
• Healthy snacks
• Creative curriculum
• Active play and outdoor experiences
• On-site swim lessons for programs held at a Y location
• Family engagement activities
• Financial assistance for those who qualify
Out of School Days
During the school year, there are many occasions during which school may close, including holidays, teacher in-service days and inclement weather days.
On these days, the Y offers full-day child care, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all YMCA of Central Kentucky locations. Children receive a nutritious morning and afternoon snack and participate in a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, swimming, large and small group games, games and gym activities. Parents are responsible for sending a non-refrigerated, nut-free sack lunch, child’s swimsuit and a towel.
Out of school days are $30 per child. Fees are the same for members and non-members. Scheduled out-of-school days (subject to change), for the 2017-2018 school year:
C.M. GATTON BEAUMONT YMCA, NORTH LEXINGTON FAMILY YMCA AND WHITAKER FAMILY YMCA
• Aug. 14-15
• Oct. 5-6, 27
• Nov. 22
• Dec. 20-22, 26-29
• Jan. 2, 15
• Feb. 19
• March 16
• April 2-6
• May 22
HIGH STREET YMCA
• Dec. 20-22, 26, 29
• April 2-6
For more information
For more information about Y before, after and out of school child care programs, visit the YMCA of
Central Kentucky website at ymcacky.org/afterschool. Registration forms can be dropped off at your local Y; mailed to YMCA of Central Kentucky, School Age Child Care, 381 W. Loudon Ave., Lexington, KY 40508; or scanned and emailed to: email@example.com.
YMCA of Central Kentucky Locations:
C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA
3251 Beaumont Centre Circle
Lexington, KY 40513
High Street YMCA
239 East High Street
Lexington, KY 40507
North Lexington Family YMCA
381 West Loudon Avenue
Lexington, KY 40508
Whitaker Family YMCA
2681 Old Rosebud Road
Lexington, KY 40509