Welcome to the YMCA Children Services. At the YMCA, we are experts in adapting ourselves to the community needs, and so naturally there are many varieties of YMCA child care programs. Our goals are to:
Help children develop to their fullest potential
Support and strengthen the family unit
Deliver child care in a safe and positive environment
Teach, model, celebrate, practice, praise, and reinforce the five values of character development: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith; and confront inconsistencies
Foster health and well-being for children and families
Today, children in the United States face some serious issues. They struggle to develop positive values, civic responsibility, and educational skills. In a climate of unhealthy lifestyles, they are at risk of being overweight and having other related health challenges. Furthermore, families are under increasing stress and often need help balancing work, family, and civic responsibilities.
As the goals listed above demonstrate, our YMCA child care programs are purposeful and asset-based, demonstrating high quality, as part of our mission the YMCA is looking forward to engaging children and adults so that:
every child and youth deepens positive values, their commitment to service, and their motivation to learn;
every family builds stronger bonds, achieves greater work/life balance, and becomes more engaged with their communities;
every individual strengthens his or her spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
With so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get. That’s why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It’s also about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.
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Find this program at your local Rock River Valley Y.