YMCA School's Out Program
YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc.’s School’s Out Program provides a safe and fun environment led by active, adult role models who promote positive youth development. Serving children and youth from kindergarten through eighth grade at Tabernacle Elementary School, the programs provide families with quality, consistent care before and after school hours.
Based on a program developed by the YMCA, the nation’s largest provider of child care, the School’s Out Program is flexible and affordable.
The School’s Out experience is based on a set of seven objectives that characterize all YMCA school age programs:
- Promote positive youth development
- Develop strong relationships
- Build strong partnerships with young people, families, schools and communities
- Create a fun and safe environment
- Support working families
- Foster opportunities for learning
- Have fun!
Our School’s Out staff members are a diverse group of mature and caring individuals who truly love working with children. Before we send any staff member into our School’s Out before- and after-school child care program, they are rigorously interviewed, background-checked, fingerprinted and participate in a thorough orientation which addresses safety, youth development, counseling techniques, bullying resolution and required State of New Jersey policies.
These professional staff members provide children with a positive environment, as well as fun, safe and age-appropriate activities that aim to foster healthy development, new relationships, self-confidence and new skills. Inclusion, sportsmanship and learning to treat others with the four core Y values (Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility) are key values that we model for our students.
Be sure to check out www.ycamp.org for more information about our School’s Out Program and all the other programs we offer at YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc.!