Prescott YMCA has been serving the childcare needs of our community since 1978 and is continuing to serve during these unprecedented times. When most business were shut down, the Y stepped up to provide emergency childcare for our essential workers. This transitioned into Summer Day Camp and now School Age Care.
Day Camp was a little different this year with fewer groups and less transition times. The kids did get to experience some fun aspects of Camp by learning gymnastics with our very own renowned coach Jon Sebastian as well as a variety of sports with Jaime DeJoseph, Sports Director and her incredibly giving volunteer Michael Harless. Camp continued until August 14 since all schools delayed opening.
When school began and things were constantly changing, YMCA Childcare was there to change along with the school and community needs. The Childcare staff has also had to change their way of care and become “teachers” and assisting with online and hybrid learning. The year began with online learning progressing to hybrid learning. Lacey Carlock, PUSD Character Coach was a great help through the learning curve. She assisted students getting online at their required time, finding their lessons, and helping with their work. This was a challenging task as each school and teacher have different requirements. Being a Character Coach, Lacey listens to the individual students, gets them refocused and helps our Kindergartners be successful in their first school year experience. “It has been incredible watching the community support each other and come together to make sure the kids get the best learning experience during this school year.” said Lacey.
Rachelle Skvarek, YMCA Associate Director has been hands on and assisting with the everyday changes in childcare. As a state licensed and DES approved site, we follow all state guidelines including limiting capacity and doing daily temperature checks. The kids come from all over the community including PUSD, HUSD and local charter schools based on their school and childcare needs. The YMCA also installed Wi-Fi in the childcare locations to make it easier for the kids to do their schoolwork online. “Without the generous financial support of some community members and local and state organizations, including The United Way, DES, Department of Education, Arizona Community Foundation, Annette Williams Foundation, Jersey Mike’s, OneAZ and Wells Fargo we would not have been able to continue to care for the children in our community,” and “We also want to thank PUSD for the free breakfast/lunch program during summer camp and now during the school year,” said Rachelle.
“I’m so proud of our staff and our community partners dedication,” said Damon Olsen Prescott YMCA CEO. “Their unselfishness and ability to adapt to the new environment has helped our kids and community in immeasurable ways. Essential workers got to continue to do their vital work while we provided a wonderful service to their kids.” “Community teamwork is a beautiful thing!”
Did you know that collectively, YMCAs are the largest providers of childcare in the nation? Prescott YMCA Preschool began in 1978 and After School Care and Summer Day Camp followed in 1986. In the Prescott area communities, the Y provides a wide range of activities to nurture kids and teens potential, including childcare, summer day camps, swim lessons, sports leagues, gymnastics, dance, and special events serving over 5,289 youth annually.
For more information about the James Family Prescott YMCA and their mission, visit https://www.prescottymca.org or call Rachelle Skvarek, Associate Director at 928-445-7221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.