YMCA Child Care Annual Campaign
As the nation’s leading child care program and largest licensed school-age care provider in Washington State, we foster each child’s cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development through opportunities and experiences which focus on achievement, relationships, and belonging. This year, we served more than 1,700 children in 7 school districts at 38 locations in Pierce and Kitsap Counties.
One in three participants in YMCA Before and After School Care receive financial assistance.
The Y’s partnerships with local schools and community organizations allow us to create a higher quality of experience that kids deserve. We’re able to do this work because of donors like you. No child is excluded based on ability to pay, ensuring all children have access to high quality before and after school programming.
To ensure everyone in our community has access to balanced health, the Y raises funds through our Annual Campaign. Every dollar donated goes directly to financial assistance and subsidized programs. We invite you to join us and give today.
In the spring, Kimberly and her husband took in their 12-year-old nephew Domanick, who had been struggling with anger and aggressive behavior. It wasn’t easy bringing him in to a family with two kids already, and even harder for Domanick to adjust to a different family.
When he started day camp at the beginning of summer, he was disrespectful to his peers and counselors. But through positive role models, and encouraging staff, Domanick developed into the sweet, helpful, and respectful kid his family knew he was capable of.
“It’s because of people like you that make me know that Domanick and many other children will have a positive and fun experience at camp that they will talk about for years to come,” said Kimberly.
Last summer at day camp, Y staff noticed that Parker had a difficult time fitting in. As he transitioned back into the Y’s Before and After School program, staff took time to engage with him. He began to serve in leadership positions, reading to younger kids and helping out at the site. Parker began to enjoy spending time at the Y and would be reluctant to go home because he wanted to stay longer.
Parker returned to summer camp this year. It has been a struggle for him at times, but mom, Cynthia, keeps him in the program because Parker has trouble making friends and camp is a great opportunity for him to socialize and learn to build relationships.
“I am so grateful to the YMCA team, especially his site director Emily, for their patience and ongoing support,” said Cynthia. “They work with Parker to encourage his participation, and help him take space when he needs individual activities.”
Michelle is a mother of two kids with special needs, so finding before and after school care that met their needs was challenging. When she found out the Y had a before and after school child care program, she signed up her kids with confidence.
“I was very impressed with their care and it makes me feel so comforted knowing the staff is able to support them in the way they need to be supported,” said Michelle.
A team of Y staff provide healthy choices in a loving environment, making strong connections with families to ensure the best form of support.
“The Y staff take the time to give individual attention to every family member and each of their kids,” said Michelle. “The Y feels like a second home to us, where we are received with open arms, and given time and attention.”