Y Academic Support Centers
In-person educational support for students. Quiet time to work for 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.
Y Academic Support Centers are safe and convenient locations 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.
Five Y Preschools also serve as Academic Support Centers for school-age children. They operate exactly as our other locations; with age-appropriate activities, materials, and opportunities for students when they are not logged into their school’s online learning program. The academic support program is located in a dedicated space, apart from the regular preschool.
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.
|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
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:
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.
Y Academic Support Centers are available in weekly sessions. Your selection can change each week as your needs change. You may register for:
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.
|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|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration fee is non-refundable.
Cancellations must be made two business days in advance.
If cancellations arise due to COVID-19:
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|
|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|
|The Y in Druid Hill||1609 Druid Hill Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217|
|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|
|The Hill Y in Westminster||1719 Sykesville Rd, Westminster, MD 21157|
|Y Chipmunks Preschool (school-age extension)||2101 Old Westminster Pk, Finksburg, MD 21048|
|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|
|The Dancel Y in Ellicott City||4331 Montgomery Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043|