YMCA Summer Fun Club provides daycare for working parents

By NATHAN HOWELL | Special to the Reporter

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is now offering the “Summer Fun Club” service, which will provide high quality daycare for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The clubs are designed for parents of children who need childcare during the day, and will be following all safety guidelines relating to COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control and Alabama Department of Public Health.

“Children will be placed into small clubs each week following state guidelines not to exceed 12 participants,” according to YMCA of Greater Birmingham Director of Marketing Jennifer Neil. “During the day, activities will be centered around four main components: Academic enrichment, social and emotional learning, skill development and enrichment.”

The academic enrichment portion will include instruction in math and literacy using fun and engaging activities that meet each student where they are academically.

According to Neil, the social and emotional learning portion will teach students how to “understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

Skill development and enrichment will allow the children to participate safely in physical activities as well as fostering positive critical thinking with STEM and art activities.

YMCA is encouraging people to keep their children at home if possible, but wants to make this service available for those who have to go to work.

Summer Fun Club is available at most YMCA of Greater Birmingham locations and booked weekly with prices ranging from $120-$150. There are several spots available for each week.

Booking and more information about the clubs can be found at Ymcabham.org/summer-fun-club.