ALTON — YWCA of Alton offers several options for before and after school care through its Childhood Enrichment program, registering children now for 2020-21.
The program serves the Alton, Wood River-Hartford and Roxana school districts with sites at YWCA Center in Alton, a full day care, Lewis and Clark Elementary, in Wood River, with before and after care options, and Ivy Heights Church of God, in Wood River, which serves the Roxana School District with before and after care options.
YWCA Childhood Enrichment Program is a state of Illinois license-exempt program that provides before and after school care and full day care, with a remote learning option for the Alton School District, for students in kindergarten through age 12. In addition, should other school districts shift to remote learning option, YWCA of Alton is prepared to provide support to working families with their child care needs.
During this pandemic, YWCA is complying with state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for childcare facilities. The Y’s Parent Handbook has been updated to include specific guidance while in the midst of the pandemic.
“Our Alton staff will be trained on Google Classroom and we will support students as they stay on task for their allotted times during the day,” said Kathy Holder, Child Enrichment Program director.
“We are ready for the additional device usage at our facility. We find ourselves in a solid position to assist students during this critical time, as we have high caliber site coordinators. Several of our staff have degrees, as well as two site coordinators who will be finishing their degrees in elementary education in December.”
Holder also noted that along with the YWCA’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum, students will gain exposure to racial justice, cultural diversity and service in the community strengthening their education experience in Child Enrichment program.
“Parents looking to provide a strong well-rounded experience for their students, including daily homework help, will find that in the YWCA program,” Holder said.
YWCA accepts Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois (CHASI) and U.S. Department of Children and Family Services funding and assist parents with filling out CHASI paperwork. According to Dorothy Hummel, Executive Director of the YWCA of Alton, “It is part of our mission to ensure that everyone has access to quality child care, and we are happy to help eligible parents receive the assistance that is available.” Fees vary depending on the services provided. Families interested are urged to check out www.altonywca.com or contact us at 618-465-7774.
“I am very pleased with the care and the activities that have been provided for my granddaughter. She comes home every day wanting to tell us what they did that day and she is always excited to go,” said Jeff Oetken.
Another parent, Sarah Hankins, said “It has been a great experience overall in both the after-school and summer programs. My son really enjoys all of the leaders and activities.”
If you would like to register your child for the 2020-21 school year, you may do so in person at the YWCA at 304 E. Third St., Alton, or download the forms at www.ywcaalton.com and scan and return them to [email protected] Any parents wishing to register “on site” will need to have a copy of their child’s birth certificate and physical. If you have further questions or need additional information, call the YWCA at 618-465-7774.