YMCA power point - Norwalk Public Schools

School Age Child Care (SACC)
Presented by
Michael S Case
YMCA of Norwalk, Inc.
June 14, 2010
Table of Contents
Our Mission
Childcare Staff Credentials
SACC licensed site locations
SACC daily schedule
Best Practices for the SACC program
Explanation of structured activities
The YMCA SACC model focus
Why Choose a YMCA SACC program?
Primary Developmental Assets
Proposed new SACC programs for the fall of 2010
Recent CEO Assessment overview
YES- YMCA Enrichment Specials
The YMCA of Norwalk is a community organization,
welcome to all which enhances the lives of its members
through programs and services that focus on the values of
, Responsibility and Honesty.
Our mission is to reflect and serve our diverse community,
so that we may strengthen our members in spirit, mind and
Overview : YMCA Teacher Credentials
• CT
DPH Certified Head Teacher
• CPR/First Aid
• Administration of Medication
• Child Abuse Prevention
• CT State Child Care Licensure Training
• 30 + Total Hours of Training
Overview : SACC Licensed Locations
Elementary Schools:
Columbus Magnet
• Cranbury School
• Fox Run School
• Silvermine School
• Tracey School
Hours Of Operation:
Before School Care :
7:00am- Start of School
After School Care:
Dismissal- 6:00pm
Middle Schools:
Ponus Ridge
After School Care:
Overview : SACC Daily Schedule
Attendance/Check In
Wash Hands/ Bathroom Break
Clean up Time
Academic Enrichment
Structured Recreational Activities
Student Choice (i.e. reading)
• Ongoing opportunities are provided to enhance the following:
a. quiet activities
b. socializing
c. active play
d. cultural awareness
e. individual, small group, and large group activities.
• Staff members extend children’s interest by introducing new
concepts and activities designed to strengthen community
involvement and empathy.
• More experienced children are encouraged to take on leadership
roles, teaching new games and activities.
• Appropriate activities and environments are provided for:
a. homework as an activity choice
b. reading for pleasure
c. new skill development
d. completion of school projects
• Eating time is planned as an activity choice; this includes health
and nutrition as well as discussion and learning time:
a. engages small groups
b. allows positive social interaction
c. encourages conversation and good table manners.
• Enrichment activities promote basic skills and higher-level
thinking and stimulate an interest in science, nature,
environment, music, creativity, and support academics.
Structured Activities
• Socialization and team building exercises focused on the YMCA core
values: Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty.
• Quiet activities such as board, card, and trivia games, Legos, and
puzzles designed to enhance strategic problem-solving skills and
foster academic development.
• Large group activities (both indoor and outdoor) such as kickball,
soccer, basketball to develop the whole child in terms of fitness,
health, maturity, fairness, and social skills .
• Small group activities such as reading, school work, arts & crafts, and
science and math challenges designed to better complement class
work and support homework.
The YMCA SACC Model Focus
• Recreation
• Education
• Enrichment
• Physical activity, healthy eating, healthy lifestyles
• Youth development (assets)
• Socialization
• Spirit, mind, and body integration
• A sense of belonging and connectedness
• Fun
Current SACC Programs Include:
•Seasonal YMCA Youth Membership
•Swim Lessons
•Homework Help
•Recreation/Sports Activities
•Arts and Crafts
Why Choose a Y SACC Program?
• YMCA studies show that children who participate in
after school programs are more successful in school
(e.g., in terms of attendance, behavior, and academics).
• Children who participate in after school programs show growth
in at least six (or more) of the 40 developmental assets as
detailed by the National Search Institute.
• Children who participate in after school programs are healthier
than their counterparts who do not participate in programs. The
YMCA defines health in a holistic way: integration of spirit, mind,
body, and well-being.
• Effective after school programs strengthen community by
developing work-force skills, promoting civic engagement and
youth volunteerism, and strengthening character values.
External Assets:
Boundaries and Expectations
Constructive Use of Time
Internal Assets:
Commitment to Learning
Positive Values
Social Competencies
Positive Identity
Proposed SACC Programs Fall 2010
• Tutoring – aligned with teacher curriculum.
• Computer Lab
• Dance Classes – YMCA of Norwalk’s Cynthia Izoldi
was awarded the NDI (National Dance Institute)
certification and approval to roll out the NDI curriculum
in Fall 2010. She is the only recipient in CT.
• Intramural Sports
• Archery (ages 8 and up)
• Yoga
Fit Kids Program (Health and Nutrition)
• Background
• YMCA CEO active in Norwalk ACTs and OST (Outside School Time) subcommittee
•Committed to making the YMCA SACC and Pre-school programs the model
of excellence; tie enrichment/curriculum to better classroom performance
• Assessment commissioned in May 2010
• Surveys designed for Principals, Parents and children participants
• Results
• Strong desire from Principals and parents in each school to have access to
additional enrichment programs
• Content of desired programs varied by school
• YMCA of Norwalk is committed to improving the overall
programming experience and “raising the bar”:
• Seeking enhancements and measureable/”actionable” data through
the OST sub-committee efforts in collaboration with the NPS, BOE,
GE, NCF and other providers;
• Bringing in additional senior-level expertise on the management
• Establishing and maintaining a more frequent communication
channel with parents and Principals to better enhance the programs;
• Offer more variable enrichment programming tailored to
complement what the YMCA can already provide – this review and
program costs is currently underway and will be formally introduced
in August.
Proposed YMCA Enrichment Services*
Foreign Languages
*Determined by surveys with parents, students, and principals. Separate enrollment fee.
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