A new school year gives kids and parents alike 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, one in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization.
As families begin to transition from summer to fall, many local organizations including the South Shore YMCA offer programs to school-aged children in a variety of locations across the South Shore 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 the critical hours after school. Whether through sports and recreation, mentorship, cultural enrichment, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.
“Our Before & Afterschool programs are designed to create an enthusiasm for learning while promoting physical, intellectual, emotional, and social well-being and growth through play and enriching activities,” said Jamie Farrell, Director of Afterschool Programs at the South Shore YMCA’s Emilson branch. “We provide a quality childcare program in which children play and learn in a supportive, inclusive environment. Activities are structured to create a safe, nurturing, and challenging environment that encompass developmentally appropriate practices, establish foundations for future growth, and engage children in new and exciting opportunities.”
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 South Shore YMCA’s Afterschool programs, youths receive help with homework and can also explore arts, music, literacy, STEM, science, sports, specialty activities such as yoga, and more.
The South Shore YMCA also employs Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in its afterschool programs that help build a healthier future for our nation’s children by encouraging healthy eating habits, limiting screen time and providing physical activity to keep every child healthy. While in these before and afterschool programs, students also receive healthy snacks and meals in addition to mental and physical exercise, as well.
Across the South Shore, the SSYMCA’s before and afterschool programs have more than 450 participants, a number that grows each year as school gets underway. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y.
To learn more about the South Shore YMCA’s before and afterschool programs, contact Jamie Farrell, Director of Afterschool Programs (Emilson Y, Hanover), at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 829-8585 ext. 8262 or Kate Morrison, Director of Aftershool Programs (Quincy) at email@example.com or 617-481-4477.
About the South Shore YMCA
The South Shore YMCA is a not-for-profit association of individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life for all through programs that promote healthy spirit, mind, and body. Serving the communities of Quincy, Randolph, Holbrook, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hanover and beyond, the South Shore Y provides the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive through its services and programs. Financial Assistance is a Y community benefit available to all families in need, applicable to all Y programs and services. To learn more about the South Shore YMCA, visit www.ssymca.org. The South Shore YMCA. The Better You Belongs Here.