Kids Discover Their Potential After School
A new school year is filled with all kinds of potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised from 3:00 to 6:00 pm according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As children transition from summer to fall, The Granite YMCA is offering programs to school-aged children to keep them active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during these critical hours when school is not in session. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.
“One in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Stacy Neville, Child Care Director, YMCA of Greater Londonderry. “YMCA schools out programs are an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.”
The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. In The Granite YMCA’s schools out programs, youth receive homework support, 30+ minutes of physical activity, outdoor time, fresh fruits/veggies and healthy grain snacks, participate in the Character Rock Star program (recurring recognition with certificates and t-shirts), and also explore creative arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow.
The Granite YMCA Schools Out Programs include:
YMCA of Downtown Manchester offers care at the Y and on-site at Green Acres, Webster, Weston School, and Polaris Charter School. For more information and pricing, please contact Sammi Webb, School Age Program Coordinator at 603.232.8654 or visit www.graniteymca.org/child-care/downtown-manchester
YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown offers care at the Y from Bartlett, Maple Ave, New Boston and Weare School. Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program for Glen Lake School is held at the Y. For more information and pricing, please contact Nicci Larochelle, Child Care Director, 603.232.8638 or visit www.graniteymca.org/child-care/allard-center-of-goffstown
YMCA of Greater Londonderry offers care on-site at North School, South School, Mathew Thornton, and Chester Academy. Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program is held at the Y. For more information and pricing, please contact Gabby Parent, After School Director at 603.437.9622 or visit www.graniteymca.org/child-care/greater-londonderry
YMCA of the Seacoast, Camp Gundalow (Portsmouth) offers care at Camp Gundalow for Greenland Central School Students. For more information and pricing, please contact Alyssa Campbell, Child Care Director at 603.431.2334 ext 2556 or visit www.graniteymca.org/child-care/seacoast
YMCA of Strafford County (Rochester) offers care at the Y for Chamberlain, East Rochester, Gonic, Maple Street Magnet, McClelland, Nancy Loud, William Allen, and Rochester Middle School. On-site locations include Garrison, Horne Street, Woodman Park and Dover Middle School. For more information and pricing, please contact Jessica George, Child Care Registrar at 603.994.4130 or visit www.graniteymca.org/child-care/strafford-county
About The Granite YMCA
As one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. Across the state, its six branches engage 30,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve their health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In 2016, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at over $1.63 million to 19,872 individuals. To learn more, please visit www.graniteymca.org.