What are your kids doing this summer?

What are your kids doing  this summerWith spring just sprung, it may be hard to believe, but it’s nearly time to make arrangements for your child’s summer!

Make no mistake – what kids do in the summer matters! Some research indicates that kids lose a full month or more of achievement over the lazy, hazy days of summer. Researchers also found that achievement loss was greater in the sciences – math in particular – and became more acute the higher the grade level. That’s something to really think about when you’re making those summer plans, especially if your child is already behind or struggling to stay even.

Summer programs at the Ashland Area YMCA can make a difference, providing high-quality, reliable, safe care for kids while parents to go to work knowing their children will continue to grow and learn, develop new friendships and master new skills.

Summer Day Camp
Summer Day Camp is available to students age 5 though 12, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning May 28. Activities include swimming, structured games, free play and arts and crafts. Students are to bring a packed lunch, towel and swim suit every day. Kids will be evaluated for swimming ability. Cost is $15/members; $20/non-members.

Children Under 5
Children age 1-5 may attend the Y’s Child Care facility. Y Child Care is prepaid and full time. Rates vary based on the age of the child:
• Children age 12 to 24 months are $110 week/members; $125 week/non-members
• 2-year-olds are $95/week members; $110/week non-members
• 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds are $85/week for members; $100/week for non-members

Please call child care director Kelly Hunley at (606) 329-6784 for availability.

The Ashland Y’s program is a year-round, state-certified preschool that offers age-specific (1 through 5 years) class curriculum and includes swim lessons by our certified lifeguards year-round Monday through Thursday for children age 2 and up who are potty trained.

YMCA child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other.

“At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early in life are vital building blocks for living a quality life, contributing to the community and achieving success,” said Bob Green, executive director of the Ashland Y. “We know children are like sponges, absorbing knowledge, skills and values from everyone around them. At the Y, we strive to exemplify the highest in Christian ideals and behavior.”

Most importantly, Green said, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

For more information about summer or year-round child care programs, contact Kelly Hunley, Child Care Director, at (606) 329-6784.

Lifeguard Training Course
April 4 – May 2

Coming up at the Y The Ashland Area YMCA is offering a Lifeguard Training Course, beginning April 4 and running through May 2. Classes are held 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Registration began March 22.

Cost for the class is $200 for new lifeguards; $150 for recertifications. Participants will be certified in American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid. Certification is good for two years. In addition, students will be responsible for cost of their Red Cross certificate ($38) and pocket masks, approximately $10 available online.

Students must be 15 years of age or older on or before the last scheduled session; must be able to swim; and must pass all of the following to become an American Red Cross Lifeguard:
• All swimming skills
• All first aid skills
• All CPR for the Professional Rescuer skills
• Two multiple-choice tests (CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and First Aid, also Lifeguard) with a score of 80 percent or above on both tests.

Total time for completion of the Lifeguard Training Course is 35 to 40 hours; attendance at all classes is mandatory. For more information, please call or stop by the Membership Desk.

High Performance Freestyle, Starts and Turns
May 4

There will be three sessions during this high-performance swim camp. The first will focus on elite freestyle technique (9 a.m.) The second session (12:30 p.m.) will help swimmers improve their starts and underwater dolphin kick. Finally, the third session (4 p.m.) will work on technique for faster flip turns and open turns.

You may sign up for one, two or all three sessions. Cost per session is $99 plus taxes. Sign up for all three classes for $259. Prices will increase after April 4.

Olympian Christopher Reid will teach. For more details or to register, visit fitterandfaster.com.

And don’t forget …

Group Fitness Classes
• Aqua Fit
• Aqua Fusion
• Aqua Toning
• Aqua Zumba
• Water Works Wonders
• Belly-Butts-Thighs
• Body Sculpting
• Boot Camp
• Cardio Kickboxing
• Cross Training
• Cycle & Sculpt
• Dance Fitness
• Extreme Core & Fat Blaster
• Fit Barre
• Hip-Hop Dance
• LIFE Toning
• Pilates
• Pilates Fusion
• Rise & Shine Spin
• Silver Cardio
• Silver Sneakers
• Silver Toning
• Spin
• Step & Tone
• Toning
• Total Body Challenge
• Yoga
• Zumba

Stop by the membership desk for the complete schedule of group fitness classes and to sign up today!

Ashland Area YMCA
3232 Old 13th St, Ashland, KY 41102
(606) 324-6191

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