The Washington County Family YMCA will be hosting the Before and After School Program (BASP) again this school year, and plan to have it start on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014. “We are very excited for this program this year, and look forward to offering a new and improved format,” said Rosie Morehous, Youth First Director of the Washington County Family YMCA. “This year, we will have a lot of fun, hands on activities to build character, team work skills, and other important life skills that help our youth succeed inside and out of the classroom!”
In the previous year, BASP was very fortunate to have a grant from the Salem Community School's 21st CCLC partnership allowing them to subsidize prices for participants. Unfortunately, the Salem Community Schools were not awarded this year, and as a result, are unable to subsidize the cost of attendance. With this revenue change, it will be necessary for the Y to raise cost to the public in order to maintain the program.
“Previously, we were able to charge a weekly rate that was very low because the grant guaranteed that we had funds to pay for staffing and other overhead—regardless of numbers attending,” Rosie explains, “now that we are making the transition from a subsidized program to a cost recovery program, we are having to institute full-time and part-time rate system, in order to allow for some predictability on staffing needs.” Families will have the option to utilize a variety of program options to best suite their before and after school needs. Full-time rates will be offered for participants utilizing 4-5 days of programming per week, with part-time rates offered for 1-3 days per week. Families can choose either before or after school enrollment, or take advantage of both at a discounted rate. Members of the Washington County Family YMCA will receive a reduced cost for the program as well. “While the rates might cause a little sticker shock in comparison to the $10-$15 per week we were able to offer as a subsidized program, our cost is still very competitive for this community, and our program offers many benefits that others cannot,” says Morehous. “We will have professional staff with experience working in the school system, homework help from those who understand the methods and techniques utilized in today's classroom, enriching curriculum that will extend the school day with FUN and functionality, and we will be HEPA focused. Since we are on site, transportation barriers are eliminated for families, and our greatest offering is the close knit relationship that we have with the school systems. We have the ability to work with your child(ren)'s teachers and administration to ensure their experiences in and out of the classroom are positive, and go hand in hand to meet your child(ren)'s needs.”
Another exciting change to BASP this year involves the students served. The program will be expanding its age group to include students K-8 this year. When asked about the change, Morehous stated “we did a trial run with our Summer Camp this year with expanding the age group, and it was such a success we knew we had to do the same for BASP. Just because a student hits middle school does not make them instantly ready to stay home alone, and some students need that extra homework help and structure in their day. We are happy to be a safe place for before and after school that is more than just child care--we are enrichment for mind, body, and spirit!”
The program will operate during the school year, alongside of the Salem Community School Corporation’s calendar. Monday through Friday there will be morning hours available from 6:00 am-7:30 am, with afternoon hours operating from 3:00 pm-6:00 pm.