[Warren County, OH] – While the new school year may look different than before, one thing remains the same: Countryside YMCA’s before and after school programs continue to be a place where children can remain active, learning and engaged during their time out of school – a critical time for all school-age children, especially as they continue to adjust to the many changes related to COVID-19. Each year, the Y works to provide engaging activities in a caring and safe environment both before and after school, and this year will be no different.
“Countryside YMCA has served the Warren County community for more than 40 years, during which we have made it through many challenging times together, none perhaps as impactful as COVID-19,” said CEO Chris Johnson. “As an organization dedicated to youth development, we know how important it is that our children have a safe and enriching environment for learning, both in and out of school. We are pleased to be able to provide this space to the children in our community, allowing their invaluable social, emotional, physical and academic growth to continue before and after the school day ends.”
Countryside YMCA offers before and after school programs for families enrolled in four local school districts including Lebanon City Schools, Kings Local School District, Little Miami School District, and Clinton Massie Schools. The Y has been providing before and after school care since the early 1980's and provided care for over 400 children during the 2019-2020 school year. Through a balanced approach to youth development, the program offers activities, mentorship and academic support, nurturing the potential of all participants throughout the school year. Financial assistance is available to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.
Each site is also preparing options to better support families when their children are learning virtually. Participants already enrolled in the before and after school program can attend the Y’s program when classes are held virtually. Parents should call Executive Director of Child Care Jenny Poling at 513 932 1424 ext. 127 for more information.
In order to help keep kids and staff healthy and safe throughout the school year, Countryside YMCA, following CDC, state and local requirements and guidelines, has adapted several changes to its day-to-day operations, including:
Staff and school age children who are kindergarten and older are required to wear masks in all indoor areas, and in outdoor areas when social distancing is not possible.
Health screenings and temperature checks will be done on all students and staff upon arrival. Kids and staff must have a temperature below 100.4 to participate that day.
Drop off and pick up will be located outside or in the lobby to limit the amount of traffic within the buildings.
Ratios and group sizes have been determined based on the ability to properly social distance.
Staff practices social distancing and plans age appropriate social distanced activities.
Staff and children follow rigorous handwashing throughout the day.
There is frequent cleaning and sanitizing of high traffic areas throughout the day.
Registration is still open for the 2020 - 2021 school year! Enroll now!