Kari and her son Max have been members of the Towpath YMCA ever since she registered him for the preschool program several years ago. Since joining, Kari has noticed her son’s improvement in many aspects of development. She now distinguishes the difference in child care that is essentially babysitting or day car, versus the preschool program offered at the YMCA. She points out that the YMCA preschool program is “Committed to preparing kids for kindergarten…and for life.”
The YMCA’s child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, their need to connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. Children can participate in child care programs appropriate for their age level: Infant & Toddler, Preschool, school year care that includes before & after school programs and Fun Club, Summer Day Camp and specialty camps that include Kindercamp, Sports, Art and Science focuses.
Another notable aspect of the YMCA is that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. “They have different options for financial assistance so that everyone can go, and I think that’s really awesome,” Kari explains. This makes individuals and families feel welcome at the YMCA no matter what. “Being a single mommy, I do work a lot and I cannot tell you the value of knowing that Max is not only learning and growing in a place, but he is genuinely card about.” No one is turned away from the YMCA due to an inability to pay.
All of the local YMCAs are funded partners with United Way of Greater Stark County, because many of their programs align with United Way’s BOLD GOALS of Education, Income and Health. Like United Way, the generosity of others is at the core of the YMCA’s existence as a nonprofit. It is only through the support of our volunteers and donors that United Way is able to support this organization and help the Stark County communities in which they are located.