Elementary School Programs

CLOSING THE ACADEMIC WAGE GAP

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OVER 800 FAMILIES
receive financial assistance each semester

THE CHALLENGE

Many working and single parents struggle to find a safe and productive environment for their children after school.

Some children face limited educational opportunities even while they are in school due to budget restrictions within their district—a situation that fosters an academic achievement gap between children of different communities and income levels.

THE SOLUTION

Working directly with the local school system, the Y developed high-quality, learning-focused after school programs for elementary school students.

Programs are conveniently offered on site at schools so families don’t have to arrange additional transportation. The YMCA programs provide children with the support, activities and nurturing environment they need to keep learning, growing and thriving. Our programs offer hands-on learning experiences that support every facet of a child’s development. Children receive help with their homework; a passion for reading and learning that promotes academic success. Our trained staff works closely with teachers and school staff to promote open communication and become an extension of the school day both in academics and student expectations.

PROGRAM DETAILS

ESTABLISHED

Offering programs since 2003

SERVES

Elementary school students

LOCATION

40 Elementary schools across Orange County

HOURS

Operates from the time school ends until 6 pm daily

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NEARLY 200,000
students have participated since
program inception

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OVER 3,600
elementary students participate in
after school programs each day

CURRICULUM

Developed in partnership with the National Institute of Out-of-School Time, our Elementary School curriculum offers comprehensive, engaging and age-appropriate learning experiences. Programming focuses on eight core content areas: Arts and Humanities, Character Development, Health and Wellness, Homework Support, Literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math),

Service Learning, and Social Competence and Conflict Resolution. By combining academic learning, physical activity and values development, the program teaches students the skills they need to thrive in a school and social environment.

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ACTIVITIES

With help from professional teachers on staff, students can study, do homework, and strengthen their academic skills. They can also engage in activities that indirectly promote academic success. For instance, children can practice music, proven to help strengthen math skills, and explore the arts, which are no longer part of the regular school curriculum in many communities. And since the Y is keenly aware of health issues affecting young children, including the rise of childhood obesity, we make sure students stay active through sports and other healthy activities.

Most importantly, since students at this age are developing a stronger sense of control, we allow them to exercise their freedom of choice. They can spend the day being tutored in a subject they are struggling with or read independently. And the next day they have the option to play a group game or exercising outdoors. By combining structured activities with independent exploration, students learn to make careful decisions and use their time constructively.

SUPERVISION

The program staff consists of college-age students who satisfy the following requirements:

• 1-3 Years experience teaching in a childcare or school setting

• Completion of the Y of Central Florida Elementary Education training curriculum

To ensure that each student receives the individual attention and support they need, we maintain a ratio of 1 educator per 18 children.

AVAILABILITY

Offered to all Orange County Public Schools elementary school students.

AFFORDABILITY

Offered as an affordable fee-based program paid by parents bi-weekly. We provide $840,000 in scholarships each year.

OUR MISSION

The purpose of this association is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen Spirit, Mind and Body.

OUR CAUSE

The YMCA is committed to strengthen communities. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, is provided with opportunities to learn, to grow and to thrive.

Contact us

Phone: 407- 204-2338
E-mail: [email protected]