A Partner to Parents

With the unconventional start to the new school year, parents are trying to figure out: 1) how are they going to work, 2) how are they going to support their child's virtual school program, and 3) how are they going to do both effectively?

The Y in Central Maryland has worked closely with local school systems to develop a safe program that meets the needs of parents and students. We tested this program with school administrators and thousands of parents to confirm it will meet the diverse needs of families and educators.

The Y is extremely well-versed in keeping children and families safe during these times. Since March 2020, we have safely served thousands of children and families in Y Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers, Y Preschool, Y Camp, and in Y Centers.

INTRODUCING Y ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTERS.

 

Y Academic Support Centers are safe and convenient locations, in over 20 schools and some Y centers across the region (with more expected to be added), where parents can confidently drop their children off to log in and participate in their school's virtual learning program and receive in-person academic support from Y associates specially trained in virtual learning support, many directly trained by your child's school system -- all while parents work and get their jobs done. 

Additionally, we also offer 16 Y Before & After School Enrichment locations in Harford County schools to supplement that region's in-school program. LEARN MORE & REGISTER.   

KEY BENEFITS

  • Children receive a safe, structured environment where they can focus on their schoolwork, complete their assignments, and get help from well-trained Y associates as needed.
  • Parents can re-focus on their work with the peace of mind that their children are safely cared for and their virtual education is being supported.
  • Students can participate at any Y Academic Support Center, regardless of where they live or where they attend school.
  • Affordable and flexible options: single full days, weekly full days, weekly half days.
  • Weekly full day registration includes a complimentary Y family membership for as long as you are fully enrolled in the program. Not valid for existing Y members.
  • 10% Y member discount, 2% sibling discount (use code SIBLINGASC at checkout)
  • Conveniently located in over 20 schools and Y centers across the region, with more locations expected to be added.
  • Children regain a sense of normalcy and balance by safely interacting with other children, participating in age-appropriate enrichment activities, and getting their bodies moving again with physical activity.
  • After initial registration, you have the flexibility to register for future sessions at least 24 hours in advance of your desired date.
  • All Y Academic Support Center locations and spaces are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Childcare.
     


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Students ages 5-12
  • Monday - Friday: weekly sessions or single full days
  • Full-day: 7am - 6pm
    Half-day: 7am - 12pm, 1 pm - 6pm
  • Students must wear a mask and bring their laptop, headphones, school supplies, a water bottle, and lunch (if needed). Note: If you are participating at a school location, you have the option of buying a school lunch.
  • Wi-fi will be provided at every location to support video chats and other online learning needs.
  • Students will be in small groups of 10-12 in quiet spaces for study and remote learning time.
  • Your child's school teacher(s) will lead all instruction, directions and assignments as they normally do. Y associates are specially trained in virtual learning support, many directly trained by your child's school system on the various online school platforms and how best to support the school's virtual learning program. Y associates help students stay on task, help with schoolwork and homework as needed, and provide fun enrichment opportunities to supplement the school day.

     

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

The sample schedule below is intended to give a general idea of the flow of the program. Exact schedules may vary based on your child's school system.

Daypart Description
BEFORE SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (begins at 7am) Student drop-off, activity stations, Y Fit N' Fun, morning round-up, set up for virtual learning
MORNING VIRTUAL LEARNING SESSION Students actively participate in their online classes, Y associates help as needed
 
MIDDAY BREAK Physical activity, lunch, set up for virtual learning
 
AFTERNOON VIRTUAL LEARNING SESSION Students actively participate in their online classes, Y associates help as needed
 
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (ends at 6pm) Snack, homework help, Y Fit N' Fun, activity stations, iDiscover, student pick-up
 

Activity Station Choices

  • Literacy Lounge: reading, quiet games, journaling, reflection time, extended homework assistance
  • Construction Junction: creative play using manipulatives like Legos, blocks, construction toys, etc. This area also has a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and science related materials and projects.
  • Games Galore: puzzles, strategy games, board games, etc.
  • Creative Station: supplies for children to express their creativity

iDiscover

iDiscover is a series of fun, age-appropriate enrichment choices that are centered around 21st Century Skills and College & Career Readiness. Hands-on activities are fun and unique and based on themes designed to promote discovery through STEAM.

 

 

The Y is extremely well-versed in keeping children and families safe during these times. Since March 2020, thousands of families have trusted us to put their health and safety first and have confidently participated in Y Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers, Y Preschool, Y Camp, and our Y Centers.

We strictly follow all health and safety guidelines set forth by the Maryland Department of Health, the CDC, and state and local officials, including:

  • Maintaining small groups of no more than 13. Students will remain in their groups all day. Groups are not able to mix.
  • Y associates and students are required to wear a mask at all times. Y associates also use gloves when necessary (in food handling and first aid).
  • Daily temperature checks and health screenings for Y associates and students.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will be curbside where available. Y associates will come to your vehicle, complete the health screening questions and check temperatures. Masks are required for Y associates and everyone in the car during drop-off and pick-up. If curbside is not available, this process will take place at the school doors. Follow the social distance markers when waiting your turn. (Parents must sign children in and out every day during drop-off and pick-up.)
  • Frequent hand washing by Y associates and students throughout the day, between activities and use of equipment.
  • Social distancing - floor markers, signage, and more will be used to designate safe distance.
  • Limiting shared supplies and disinfecting all supplies after each use.
  • Propping interior doors open where appropriate to reduce contact points.
  • Continuous cleaning and sanitizing of high touch points using CDC approved disinfectant and practices.

These enhanced safety measures are designed to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus and have already proven successful in Y programs over the last five months. However, exposure may still occur. If a suspected case arises, it will be reported to the health department immediately and reviewed on a case by case basis. We will communicate with families who may be impacted via email and/or phone with clear information and instructions from the health department.

 

 

Flexible Options

Y Academic Support Centers are available in weekly sessions. Your selection can change each week as your needs change. You may register for:

  • Weekly full days: 7am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
  • Weekly 1/2 day mornings: 7am - 12pm, Monday - Friday
  • Weekly 1/2 day afternoons: 1pm - 6pm, Monday - Friday
  • Single full days: 7am - 6pm, one, two, three, or four days per week

A one-time $25 non-refundable registration fee per child is required. The registration fee and your first weekly payment is due at the time of registration. After your initial registration, you have the flexibility to register for future sessions at least 24 hours in advance of your desired date.

We do accept Child Care Scholarship (CCS) vouchers. If you are using vouchers, please contact customerservice@ymaryland.org. To see if you qualify for vouchers, CLICK HERE.

Ways to Save

  • Active Y members receive a 10% discount. 
  • A 2% sibling discount can be applied when two or more siblings are registered for the same days/weeks/location. Use the code SIBLINGASC at checkout.
  • Weekly full day registration includes a complimentary Y family membership for as long as you are fully enrolled in the program. Not valid for existing Y members.
WEEKLY FULL DAYS
Member Rate - $225/week
Open Rate - $250/week
WEEKLY HALF DAYS
Member Rate - $161.10/week
Open Rate - $179/week
1-4 SINGLE FULL DAYS
Member Rate - $71.10/day
Open Rate - $79/day


Cancellations

All cancellations must be made in writing and include the child's full name, location, dates to be cancelled, and a description of the request. All requests must be submitted to the Customer Service office either by fax at 410-779-9426 or email to customerservice@ymaryland.org. The registration fee is non-refundable.

Cancellations must be made two business days in advance.

If cancellations arise due to COVID-19:

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive a full refund for any future registered days/weeks that you are unable to attend.
  • If the health department requires a location to close:
    - Single full day registrations: your Y account will be credited for the dates affected
    - Weekly sessions: 2-4 day closure, your Y account will be credited for the dates affected
    - Weekly sessions: 5+ day closure, a refund may be requested for the dates affected


Licensed Program

All Y Academic Support Center locations and spaces are licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Childcare.

 

 

Y Academic Support Centers are available in over 20 schools and some Y centers in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, with additional locations expected to be added, so please check back often.

Students can participate at any Y Academic Support Center, regardless of where they live or where they attend school. Space is limited at each location ranging from approximately 26-52 students per day.

Once you have completed your initial registration, you will receive an email from PlayerSpace, our paperwork management system. You will use the link in that email to create your PlayerSpace account and complete all required health and medical forms (required by the MSDE Office of Child Care, which license our program). All forms must be submitted in PlayerSpace in order for your child to begin the program. PlayerSpace is also used as our primary form of communication via email and text.

Once all of your forms have been submitted, you can register for future sessions at least 24 hours in advance of your desired date, provided space is available. When registering, all dates are preselected. Deselect the dates you don't need.

TO REGISTER, FIND YOUR DESIRED LOCATION AND CLICK THE REGISTER LINK. 

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ADDRESS
Monarch Academy Annapolis 2000 Capital Dr., Annapolis, MD 21401
Monarch Global Academy 430 Brock Bridge Rd, Laurel, MD 20724
Southgate Elementary 191 Shetlands Ln., Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Jessup Elementary 2900 Elementary School Ln., Jessup, MD 20794
Rolling Knolls Elementary 1985 Valley Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401
Richard Henry Lee Elementary 400 A Street at 4th Ave., Glen Burnie, MD 21061
George Cromwell Elementary 525 Wellham Ave., Glen Burnie, MD 21061
The Y in Pasadena 26 Magothy Beach Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

Register - Anne Arundel County

 

BALTIMORE CITY ADDRESS
The Y in Druid Hill 1609 Druid Hill Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Register - Baltimore City

 

BALTIMORE COUNTY ADDRESS
The Orokawa Y in Towson 600 W Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD 21204
Y Preschool in Catonsville (school-age extension) 850 South Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228
Y Preschool at UMBC (school-age extension) 1000 Hilltop Cr, Baltimore, MD 21250
Y Preschool at Towson (school-age extension) 301 West Chesapeake Ave, Towson, MD 21204
Catonsville Elementary 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228
Cedarmere Elementary 17 Nicodemus Rd., Owings Mills, MD 21136
Johnnycake Elementary 5910 Craigmont Rd., Baltimore, MD 21228
Westowne Elementary 401 Harlem Ln., Baltimore, MD 21228
Woodmoor Elementary 3200 Elba Drive  Gwynn Oak, MD  21207

Register - Baltimore County

 

CARROLL COUNTY ADDRESS
The Hill Y in Westminster 1719 Sykesville Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
Y Chipmunks Preschool (school-age extension) 2101 Old Westminster Pk, Finksburg, MD 21048

Register - Carroll County

 

HARFORD COUNTY ADDRESS
The Ward Y in Abingdon 101 Walter Ward Blvd, Abingdon, MD 21009
Y Preschool in Riverside (school-age extension) 1200 Creamery Ln, Belcamp, MD 21017

Register - Harford County

We also have 16 Y Before & After School Enrichment locations in Harford County schools to supplement that region's in-school program. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

 

HOWARD COUNTY ADDRESS
The Dancel Y in Ellicott City 4331 Montgomery Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Register - Howard County