Kim C.

YMCA Child Care

We have a child in our program who lost her mom a little over a year ago, and dad was struggling with how to cope with it; how to help her move forward by not diminish that time to grieve. And so, this school year, we focused on just being there for her and being there for her dad and help get her caught up on her reading and her math. We were kind of filling a gap that was there because dad had to keep working and he was dealing with his own grief. And so we were able to step in and really help out.

Parents come to rely on our staff to fill that gap so that, when they get off work and get their kids, they can have good, quality time after being in school all day. I think that when considering working in child care, there’s nothing wrong with coming in and trying it out and seeing if it’s a good fit for you. We’ve given people a shot that just have a desire to make a difference in a child’s life and they’ve been some of the best fits. So, if you’re a little hesitant, kind of look past that, because you may find that it’s the place where you belong.

I love the chance to mentor other people. The YMCA is probably one of the best I’ve ever worked with as far as training and helping people develop as a professional.