YMCA of Greater Rochester creating new enrichment program

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: May 21, 2020 05:16 PM
Created: May 21, 2020 04:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The YMCA of Greater Rochester is adding a new enrichment program aimed at meeting your child's social, emotional and academic needs.

The program is described as a new form of school-aged child care as parents start transitioning back to work in the next several weeks. YMCA's Vice President of Youth Development Todd Waite says the newly created enrichment program is called "Quest 2020."

"This is one way we can do that by providing full-day school-aged care," Waite said. "Once schools announced that they were closed through the end of the school year we stepped up, and we bought together our teams to figure out a really awesome program."  

The program has room for 600 children between the ages of 5 and 12. Its part-day camp, and part educational. 

"We are using a variety of curriculum to help them maintain their skills that they've learned so far throughout the academic year," Jessica Kingsley, Director of Urban Based Programs, said. "So that there's not a loss, or less of a loss for them when they return to schools hopefully in the fall."

The program will be offered at all four YMCA locations. Before and After School Program Executive Director Chris Dudley explained how this program will provide a safe space for the children.

First he says besides daily cleanings, parents are also not allowed in the safe space.

"By having a consistent group of staff, and a consistent group of students, we're able to create that safe atmosphere, that safe environment," Dudley said.

The 4 YMCA locations are:

  • Carlson MetroCenter YMCA: 444 E. Main St. in Rochester
  • Eastside Family YMCA: 1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Rd. in Penfield
  • Northwest Family YMCA: 730 Long Pond Rd. in Greece
  • Schottland Family YMCA: 2300 W. Jefferson Rd. in Pittsford

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