The purpose of our Summer Day Care Program is to give every boy and girl a meaningful, exciting, memorable and fun-filled summer experience. The children learn to function in a diverse group setting while gaining an appreciation of day camping.
The Somerville YMCA Summer Day Care is a structured co-ed day care, meeting Monday through Friday. Our schedule consists of 9 single week sessions. It is open to boys and girls, 5 to 13 years of age (must be 6 by 9/1/17). Each day, beginning at 8:00 am, the children are engaged in a carefully planned and diligently supervised program until 4:00 pm. Extended Care until 5:30 pm is available for each group.
The youth will be grouped according to their ages. Each session, they will participate in two or three all-day field trips. Trips are taken to state parks, beaches, museums, historical sites, sporting events and various educational sites. Swimming, bowling, hiking, and various sports games are only a few of the fun-filled activities.. The children also receive swim lessons (by the YMCA Aquatic Dept staff), arts & crafts classes, and scheduled gym time.
SUMMER LEARNING LOSS CURRICULUM
The purpose of SLLC is to help reduce summer learning loss. The SLLC is focused on grades K-3 and is a curriculum we use in collaboration with the United Way and BOSTnet. Literacy is infused into our everyday activities and we also have a dedicated 45 minute block each day that is strictly focused on literacy through fun activities created by our SLLC literacy champion, a licensed, professional school teacher.
Our carefully chosen experienced staff will be aiming to make this summer an enjoyable time for your child. Many of the staff are certified in CPR, Lifesaving and First Aid. As always, we will employ staff members who have special training in working with children of varying cultures, as well as special needs youngsters.
Each child, prior to participating in the Somerville YMCA Summer Day Care Program, must have an up-to-date physical examination according to State Law. School health records, if up-to-date, will fulfill this requirement.
Each child will receive a T-shirt during their first week of day care. We suggest that they wear their T-shirts on all field trip days. Additional T-shirts can be purchased.
DAILY ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL POLICY
Each day runs from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For the safety of all children, it is YMCA policy that no youth be left unattended outside the building prior to or after day’s end. All children must be signed in and out with our day care staff each day. If your child has permission to walk home, please indicate so on the registration form.
· Somerville High School Field House at 8:00 am.
· YMCA on Rainy Days at 8:00 am.
· No child will be accepted before 8:00 am.
· Somerville High School Field House at 4:00 pm.
· YMCA on YMCA Days and Rainy Days at 4:00 pm.
· YMCA for Extended Care 5:30 pm (additional fee).
What to Bring / What to Wear
Sun block must be brought to camp each day. It is recommended that shorts, jerseys, and a comfortable pair of shoes or sneakers be the dress of the day. Sandals and Flip Flops are not allowed at Camp. It is wise to bring a sweater or light jacket, and please write names on all children’s belongings. Swim suits and towels are needed on designated days. Jerseys and hats should be sent for beach days to protect children from the sun. When swimming in the YMCA pool, bathing caps must be worn by all children with shoulder length hair. The following are not allowed: large amounts of cash, cell phones, ipods, all electronic devices, toys or anything valuable that your child does not want to lose. The YMCA and summer staff are not responsible for lost, stolen, or broken items.
5-8 years old (must be 6 by 9/1/16)
9-13 years old
RAINY DAY PROGRAM
Inclement weather is always a problem for children and staff alike. Due to the high cost of rainy day indoor activities, we ask that on rainy days when children are scheduled to take an outdoor trip, parents send $5. along with each child.
BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM
We are a Peanut free facility. In sessions 3 to 8, the Summer Day Care Program will be participating in the Federal Summer Lunch Program which will provide each child with a well-balanced breakfast & lunch consisting of an entree, fruit, milk and a snack. Please be sure to provide your child with breakfast and lunch on weeks 1, 2 & 9. Parents have the option of providing their children with a bag lunch. However, when packing a bag lunch, please do not include glass bottles or items that may easily spoil. Parents should not rely on snack bars for lunches at the trip locations. Children are not permitted to share food.
PROGRAM FEES COST: $160.00 per week
HOURS: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
X-Care Cost: $190.00 per week
X-Care Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Extended Care is available from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. The cost is $30. per session. Children are supervised in the YMCA Youth Center and/or Gymnasium during this time.
Tuition assistance funds are available from the YMCA on a limited basis for families who demonstrate a need. Financial assistance/info is available from Child Care Choices of Boston at 617-542-5437
REGISTRATION FORM / DEPOSIT
In recent years our day care has been filled up weeks in advance. In order to insure a space, a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $25.00 per child per session will reserve a place for the youngster. This deposit will be applied toward the day care fee. If you would like a registration form, please call us at 617-625-5050 or come by to pick one up at 101 Highland Avenue, Somerville, from Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 8:00 pm and Sat. 8:30 am – 1:00 pm