Frequently Asked Questions
Fall Child Care 2020: eLearning Academy
Below, you'll find answers to frequently asked questions that have come up as YMCA have worked to design the fall eLearning Academy child care program. If you still have questions, please contact your location's child care director (listed at the bottom of the Safety Measures page)
Academic Coaches will provide assistance to students to assure they are on task and completing their assignments on time. The Coach will communicate with parents/guardians on the child’s progress. Coaches will:
As with all of our child care programs, our staff meet state licensing standards, are 18 years and older, have experience working with children, possess excellent character and obtain 30-40 hours of training prior to starting their role. Many of our employees are on an educational track to work with children as their career path, but a teaching license is not required.
Yes, the YMCA will provide free WiFi to all students and staff.
Most school divisions are providing students with laptops/tablets while learning virtually; however, the Y will have a few electronic devices on-hand just in case.
The Y will create quiet learning environments for students, ensuring they have work space, charging stations for electronic devices and reliable internet access. Because our Ys vary in design, each location will customize the environment based on available space. If gyms are used for the academy, it will be closed to members during the program hours.
The Y’s program schedule will be based on the school system’s curriculum to ensure children are able to follow the virtual school routine.
Outside of the school’s daily virtual schedule, the Y will offer supplemental programming and daily enrichment activities. Each academy will offer STEM, music, art, active games and more!
For students that will not have physical education as a part of their school’s virtual curriculum, the Y will provide physical education through the Y’s Homeschool YMCA Physical Education (HYPE) program.
Please contact your YMCA location for specific times as it varies by family center, or use the location finder for detailed information about each location.
Financial assistance is available through the Y's Open Doors program. Click here to apply for assistance.
In some locations, school divisions and other organizations will provide meals via the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Please contact your YMCA location for more details.
The Y will follow group size limits as ordered by state guidelines, as long as social distancing of six feet can be maintained and children do not mix groups.
We have developed extensive cleaning protocols our staff will follow throughout the day.
This protocol also meets our state licensing requirements and we are following cleaning recommendations by the CDC.
In the event families need to cancel due to COVID-19, the Y is happy to refund any and all deposits, registration fees and weekly tuition paid.
If there is a report of a positive COVID-19 case at a care location, the Y will launch our safety protocol in partnership with the state Department of Health, including: