2020 has already been filled with so many challenges for families across the country. The Charlotte Mecklenburg School system recently announced that remote learning will replace in-person classes for the 2020/21 school year after a two-week introductory period.
This puts a lot of parents in a difficult position. We are responsible for making sure our children are safe, ensuring they continue to get a solid education and are tasked with finding activities that keep brains and bodies engaged throughout the day – all while working and handling household responsibilities.
During the summer months, I frequently rely on the YMCA of Greater Charlotteto check off these boxes. Even with everything going on this summer, the Y made some important operational changesand did an amazing job running their overnight camps safely. With the school year approaching, I wasn't sure what I was going to do.
Imagine my relief when I saw that the YMCA will offer programs for students doing part-time or full-time virtual learning. These programs will help complement what kids will be learning through CMS.
The Y's School Days+ Program Combines Care & Enrichment
School Days+ gives parents the opportunity to send their child to a safe place to play, learn and grow while they aren't in their traditional school environment. They offer full-day options on a weekly schedule in order to give students and families customizability to complement their changing needs and schedules.
They Have Experience Helping Parents Homeschool
Even before the pandemic, the YMCA ran a very successful homeschool program that helped parents give their children a well-rounded education. During the school year, they will continue to partner with parents as they offer enriching programs to engage minds and grow kids' skillsets.
The Y has 2 Locations for Environmental Education
Kids don't have to be stuck at home to learn something new. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte helps kids learn more about the natural world through hands-on experiences in their environmental education program at YMCA Camp Harrison and YMCA Camp Thunderbird.
They Have a Homework Hub to Help With Schoolwork
We're not sure how teacher to student communication will work yet, but individual attention may not be as readily available from your child's school. That means the potential for more tough questions for parents. Luckily the YMCA offers a Homework Hub service that can help provide the academic support your student needs.
Find More Helpful Programs at the Y
This school year is filled with plenty of opportunities for kids to learn and thrive at the Y. In addition to the programs mentioned above, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte also offers swim lessons, teen programs, virtual learning, youth sports at home and more! You can find all of their helpful programs and services on their Back to School page.
The Y is Hiring Parents & Teens to Fill Back to School Needs
The YMCA is helping reignite the Charlotte economy after the impact of COVID-19 on our local job market. They are actively seeking qualified parents to fill Lead School-Age Counselor and Lead Afterschool Counselor positions across the county. Teens and young adults are encouraged to apply for School-Age Counselorand Afterschool Counselor positionsas well. Check back at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte job center as new positions become available.