Y Minute: School Age Kid Program

Y Minute: School Age Kid Program

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ)

School is back in session in Wichita Falls and that means morning and afternoon car lines.
For some parents, it's hard to balance their job while getting their child to and from school.
The YMCA in Wichita Falls would like to help with that.
They offer a school age program that aims to keep your kids safe while also getting them where they need to be on time.

The purpose of the program is to help the parents first, but more than to get the kids involved in healthy activities, nutritious foods, a safe place to go after school until their parents can come and pick them up, says School Age Program Director Shelly Donaldson.

The program starts at around 6 am before school and ends around 6 pm after school Monday through Friday.
Donaldson says the kids like coming to the Y because it doesn't feel like another school.

They like coming to the Y because it is the YMCA and there are different activities they can do while they're here. They have outside, they have the gym, we have the racquetball courts; we just have different activities that they can do. Pretty much most of the kids know the Y so they feel pretty welcome when they come, Donaldson said.

The YMCA also offers an early childhood program that gives children who are too young to attend a school a place to go during the day while their parents are at work.
Donaldson says she sees a lot of children start out in the nursery and grow their way up to the school age program.

The school age program is available to any school age kid from the ages of 5-12, even if you're not a YMCA member. For more information, call the YMCA at (940)761-1000.