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York YMCA announces Childcare program is open to enrollment for families

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July 07, 2020
The York YMCA has announced enrollment for its Child Development program for kids ages 1-5, located at 543 N. Newberry St. York, PA 17402. 
“For the past couple months, we have been actively preparing to safely offer childcare in light of COVID-19. Many new protocols and procedures have been put in place in accordance with the latest directives from the CDC as well as ensuring staff members have had extensive training on these changes”, stated Child Development Director Ashley Zurawski.
Procedures include:
·         Curbside drop off and pick up
·         Health screenings prior to entering the building
·         Masks for anyone 2 and older
·         Social distancing when possible
·         Cleaning high touch surfaces at least once an hour 
·         Cleaning toys between each use
·         All hard to clean toys have been put away
·         All nap items are being washed onsite daily
·         Nothing going back and forth between home and the facility (no outside food, drink, or toys)
The Child Development program is licensed by the PA Department of Human Services. We are currently enrolling in our toddler room where exploration, social skills and language development are key focus areas.
In addition, the York Branch YMCA has two preschool classrooms for children ages 3-5. Using Creative Curriculum and learning centers, lesson plans are developed around the observed interests of the children. We strive to develop unique and enriching activities that encompass creative thinking, exploration of science and mathematics, inquiry, discovering, beginning literacy and community involvement.
The preschool classrooms implement the P.A.T.H.S. (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Curriculum to enhance social emotional development. Within this curriculum, children learn to recognize their feelings and appropriate ways to express them.
For more information regarding the program, please visit: www.yorkcoymca.org.
About the Y
The YMCA of York and York County is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Serving over 66,000 people in the greater York region with over 13,000 annual active members, the Y engages men, women, and children, regardless of age, income, or background, to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the York community for over 164 years, the Y has long-standing relationships and a physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Ashley Zurawski
Child Development Director
717-843-7884, Ext. 223

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