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SUPPORTING SCHOOLS, CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITY As your school district finalizes plans for the upcoming school year, we know that parents have concerns regarding new school day structures while meeting the demands of work and home. The Channel Islands YMCA is here to support you and the families you serve. As a thoughtful leader and best-in-class provider of education, wellness, youth development, and community building, the Channel Islands YMCA is one of the oldest, most nimble and essential nonprofits in the Central Coast region. The history of our organization has been one of adapting to community needs and supporting our neighbors when they need us most. The last several months have been no exception. In the middle of March, we began providing child care to essential workers in a safe, caring, and responsible way. Since then, we have served hundreds of children in child care and summer camp, taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of children, their families, our staff, and the community at large. Throughout the spring, our programs helped students continue their remote learning while being part of a child care program that allowed parents to return to work. As part of an international movement, the YMCA has developed systems to keep kids safe. In this booklet you will see what steps we have taken and what we are able to provide this fall and beyond to school district families.
At the YMCA your child’s safety is our top concern. We operate under strict safety guidelines. Since March 2020, we have had hundreds of children in our care during the pandemic. As we look to the school year, we will keep these practices in place and continue to adapt. • Regulation Compliance: The YMCA will meet or exceed guidelines for children provided by local Health Departments, the Centers For Disease Control, and Community Care Licensing for child care operations. • Stay Home Policy: We require children and staff to stay at home if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to other sick individuals. • Health Screening: All children and staff are require to go through a health screening daily. This includes health screening questions and temperature checks. • Contact Free Check In: Parents are required to drop off and pick-up students using touch free processes. Enrollment paperwork and daily sign-in are completed electronically. • Limiting Exposure: Parents and nonessential guests are not allowed past the pickup/drop off area to limit exposure in the facility. • Masks: Staff are required to wear masks at all times. Mask requirements for children will follow school district or local health authority mandates. • Trained Staff: Staff have training specific to COVID-19 illness prevention. Staff are prepared to provide children with direction on coughing etiquette, avoiding touching their face, and more for safety. • Individual Supplies: Families provide all basic essentials for the day in a backpack to limit sharing. This includes filled water bottles, snacks, lunch, and basic school work supplies. • Stable Care Groups: Children stay in their designated groups, with the same staff, all day. Groups do not interact with each other to limit any potential spread of illnesses. • Encouraging Social Distancing: Staff will encourage social distancing and will provide structure and encouragement to assist children. • Hand Washing: Children will be required wash hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day at regular intervals. • Enhanced Disinfecting: Employees will clean surfaces using EPA approved cleaning products, then use disinfectant. • Routine Cleaning:Cleaning schedules are based on routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, plus regular on-going cleaning, mid-day and end of day cleaning of high touch surfaces. • Isolation Measures: Should a staff or child exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 during the day, they will be moved to an isolation space away from others. Protocols are in place for their return.
School Age Childcare Overview YMCA child care provides opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports & recreation, homework and distance learning support to assist students in meeting teacher-assigned requirements; all while socializing with friends in a safe and healthy environment.
• Our Philosophy: The YMCA child care program goals are to provide an environment of safety, support, caring and fun. The program is there to develop the inner strength and character of the children involved. We want to help increase your child’s physical fitness and self-awareness. We want to demonstrate the importance of the 4 Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. The Y childcare program will foster an appreciation for diversity and complement the child’s educational experience with a well-rounded curriculum. At the Y, we believe building strong kids and strong families will strengthen the foundation of our communities. • Oversight: Our programs are either licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the State of California, Department of Social Services or are governed by After School Education & Safety Program by the California Department of Education in conjunction with local school districts. Our programs must comply with outlined regulations in the areas of the physical environment and safety, staff qualifications, supervision and staff/child ratios, administrative record keep requirements, programs and activities, food and nutrition, and more. • Distance Learning: With the changing landscape of education, we understand the need parents and students have for additional support. In our distance learning lab time, we offer educational support for children K – 8th grade. Parents will be surveyed about their child’s distance learning requirements and our team of teachers will work with the children from one-hour to multiple hours to support learning, complete classwork and/or homework. Families should provide devices and headphones (unless provided by the school district). • Quality Staff: Each location is supervised by a Site Director who is responsible for the overall operations of the program and is supported by additional staff based on the needs and size of the program. All staff meet or exceed education and experience requirements outlined by their governing body (i.e. Community Care Licensing). Each staff has completed background screening, including fingerprints and has over 40 hours of specific health and safety training (i.e. CPR, Child Abuse Prevention, and Supervision) at their time of hire. • Enrollment & Registration: After registration at the YMCA or online, enrollment forms are completed on ePACT Network, a digital platform for collecting children’s emergency and medical information. Fees are based on enrollment rather than attendance. All payments are due weekly and made through electronic funds transfer on Fridays for the upcoming week. • Financial Assistance: Annually, we receive support from hundreds of members, community leaders, and businesses who believe in our purpose and contribute generously to our Annual Campaign, investing in youth and families. Funds are distributed to families with a financial need in our community.
School Age Childcare Program Youth experience curricula through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, service learning projects, and enrichment centers. YMCA curriculum is flexible and fun and children are included in the planning process. Children engage in hands-on activities that develop critical-thinking skills, problem solving, working within a team and more.
Core Areas Academic Support: Time is dedicated to grade-level distance learning support, where students will be able to log in to access remote classes or complete assignments. Healthy Eating & Physical Activity: The YMCA, together with the YMCA of the USA are aligned with the Healthy Out of School Time Coalition standards for reducing childhood obesity. There are 5 areas supporting Healthy Eating & Physical Activities Standards including parent engagement, physical activity, screen time, and nutrition standards. We work to keep kids healthy and active while at the YMCA. Art, Literacy, and Social Competence Centers: Program format that encourages groups to choose from a wide range of daily stations and/or activities to create youth-by-in, ownership, and leadership. STEAM: Lessons are hands-on and project-based. We encourage students to solve problems by using concepts and skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math. This program allows students to participate in this fast growing trend and introduces students to STEAM careers. Staff lead students through a process of investigating concepts and identifying project units such as planting a sustainable garden, develop a campaign to promote environmental sustainability, or developing a new invention. Character Development: Character is a key element of the Yâ€™s approach to working with youth to develop into ethical, caring, and successful adults. The Y will provide enrichment activities that will support social and academic benefits to develop long term and lasting change.
Sample Schedule Schedules will vary depending on program times, locations, and school district. Below is a sample of what a full day program might look like. 7:00am - 8:00am Arrival & Opening Activities 8:00am -12:00pm Distance Learning, Academic Support & Morning Snack Break 12:00pm -1:00pm Lunch & Outdoor Recreation 1:00pm -1:30pm Character Education 1:30pm - 2:30pm STEAM Activity 2:30pm - 4:00pm Physical Activity Program & Afternoon Snack 4:00pm - 5:00pm Health Mind Time & Additional Academic Support 5:00pm - 6:30pm Activity Centers
Locations Camarillo Family YMCA 3111 Village at the Park Drive Camarillo, CA 93012 • 805.484.0423 • CA.Info@ciymca.org Available Locations:
• Camarillo Community Center, Camarillo Family YMCA,
Las Colinas Middle School, and Rio Elementary School
Lompoc Family YMCA 201 West College Avenue Lompoc, CA 93436 • 805.736.3483 • LO.Info@ciymca.org Available locations: • Lompoc Family YMCA, La Honda Elementary, La Canada Elementary, and Clarence Ruth Elementary
Montecito Family YMCA 591 Santa Rosa Lane Montecito, CA 93108 • 805.969.3288 • MO.Info@ciymca.org Available Locations:
• Montecito Union
Santa Barbara Family YMCA 36 Hitchock Way Santa Barbara, CA 93105 • 805.687.7727 • SB.Info@ciymca.org Available Locations:
• Hope Elementary and Monte Vista Elementary
Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA 900 North Refugio Road Santa Ynez, CA 93460 • 805.686.2037 • SG.Info@ciymca.org Available Locations:
• Santa Ynez Elementary and Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA
Ventura Family YMCA 3760 Telegraph Road Ventura, CA 93003 • 805.642.2131 • VE.Info@ciymca.org Available Locations:
• Poinsettia Elementary, Loma Vista Elementary and Elmhurst Elementary