The Westfield Area YMCA is opening up registration to new families interested in a School Age Child Care programs located at the Main Y facility and at most Westfield schools.  Open registration will take place on Saturday, March 4from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Main Y facility, 220 Clark Street.   
 
The School Age Child Care program is a fun, active and nurturing learning environment for elementary school students before and after school. For parents, the convenient, safe, supervised and structured program provides peace-of-mind during the before and after school hours. Research shows children who participate in afterschool programs are healthier, more successful in school and more likely to engage in positive behaviors. When kids attend afterschool programs at the Y, they improve their study and reading skills, develop character and build healthy eating and physical activity habits.  
 
The program day includes free choice, homework time, group and individual activities, project time, indoor/outdoor activity and a healthy snack.  Learning areas include: Arts & humanities, character development, health, wellness & fitness, homework assistance, literacy, science & technology, service learning and social competence & conflict resolution. 
 
 
Programs are available 2-5 days a week at the Y, with transportation included, and at many local schools.  Before Care and After Care give working parents the extra coverage they need.  Before Care meets at the Main Y as early at 7:00 am and provides early morning structured programming and transportation to school.  Extended care is also available that allows for a 6:30 p.m. pick up to children enrolled in School Age Child Care. 
 
Working parents especially appreciate the availability of a convenient inclement weather plan and school holiday vacation fun club.  Y staff is caring and dedicated to meet or exceed state licensing requirements to meet Y standards for certifications and professional development. 
 
To learn more about the programs available, please contact the Director, Carolyn White at (908) 233-2700 x248 or email cwhite@westfieldynj.org.  Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.