YMCA Afterschool Care Program Helps Students with Homework and Fitness

YMCA Afterschool Care Program Helps Students with Homework and Fitness

As of August 1, the Bob Freesen YMCA is taking registration for Afterschool Care. The Y offers a safe, nurturing environment for children where they can have healthy snacks, assistance with homework and have plenty of room to get physical activity. According to the website youth.gov, “Effective afterschool programs can improve classroom behavior (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2010), school attendance, academic aspirations, and can reduce the likelihood that a student will drop out (Huang, Leon, La Torre, Mostafavi, 2008).”

The YMCA offers transportation from District 117 grade schools Monday through Friday. When kids arrive they can expect an opportunity to let off steam with physical activity including outdoor activities in good weather and fun in the gym during the colder or wet weather. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays the students also have the opportunity to swim in the Y’s 25-yard pool.

The Y (www.ymca.net) and the AAP’s Institute (www.ihcw.aap.org) recommend families follow the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards for after school which emphasize the importance of fruits, veggies, water and low- or non-fat beverages, as well as limiting screen time and being physically active. According to the website www.school.familyeducation.com, a U.S. Department of Education and the U.S Department of Justice report shows that students in after-school programs have fewer behavioral problems, more self-confidence, and can handle conflicts better than students who are not involved with these programs.

The Bob Freesen YMCA after school program is $12 per day for members, $14 per day for non-members. Non-school days (all-day care) is $20 per day for members, and $24 per day for non-members.

For more information on the Y’s after school care program, please call Judy at the Bob Freesen YMCA, 217-245-2141, or stop by and see all that is availble for yourself at 1000 Sherwood Eddy Lane in Jacksonville. Also visit www.jacksonvilleymca.org. And follow us at Bob FreesenY on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net

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