The Sussex County YMCA plans to partner with the Hamburg Public School District to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time.
“We are thrilled to be able to extend our after-school program to Hamburg and offer children in the community a safe place to continue learning, stay active, and become motivated to reach their potential,” said Rob Wiggins, district executive director at the Sussex County YMCA.
“Hamburg School is excited to partner with the Sussex County YMCA to assist families that need a safe, supervised environment for their children during the hours outside of school,” the school district said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the YMCA to support our local parent and student community.”
The program will be open to students in Hamburg School in grades pre-K to 8. The Y offers convenient scheduling and affordable care for working parents, with after school care ending at 6 p.m. Families can choose between three and five days a week. Discounts are offered for families with more than one child in the program, as well as school district employees. The Y also offers financial assistance to qualifying students and accepts child care subsidy programs administered by Norwescap CFRS in Sussex County.
As part of the Y’s effort to encourage healthy habits, the Y incorporates the nationally recognized Coordinated Approach to Child Health curriculum into its before and after school program by providing nutritious snacks and physical activities each day.
Because the safety of children is the YMCA’s number one priority, all of the Sussex County YMCA’s School Age Child Care sites are licensed by the state and meet and exceed their standards, including maintaining lower staff-to-child ratios. All staff receive on-going training throughout the year that includes CPR and first aid certifications. YMCA staff undergo thorough background screening and reference checks prior to employment. Staff are also required to obtain over 30 hours of training in child development and safety.