Curriculum

 

YMCA Curriculum is hands-on and developmental

Youth experience the curriculum through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, clubs, service learning and enrichment centers.  YMCA Curriculum is flexible and fun.  YMCA staff members include the children in the curriculum planning process and pursue children’s ideas for activities.

The Y is proud to be a member of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition. All programs offered by the YMCA of Orange County focus on building character through the Coalition’s "Six Pillars of Character”: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Core Components of the Curriculum:

  • Homework Support
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Art & Culture
  • Science

Core Elements of the Curriculum:

  • Social Competence and Personal Development
  • Character Education
  • Literacy
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness

Y Kids are Club Kids:

Y-Clubs™ will engage your child and encourage them to explore their talents, interests, and abilities in a safe & supportive environment.  Y-Clubs™ include:

•  Art
•  Cooking
•  Fitness
•  Photography
•  Science

Clubs offer the chance for kids to develop new hobbies and help in the activity planning process.  Clubs vary by location.

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Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

It is a safe place to have my child go to after school. The director is very experienced. I am very lucky to have her stay the entire time my child has been at the YMCA. I think it was great to hae the older children help organize the sports for the younger kids. They still come up to my son and give him pictures and call him coach. It was a great way to develop leadership in the older kids.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I am always impressed by the courteous demeanor and professionalism of the staff.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The staff is friendly to parents and kids alike. They are consistent with expectations and rules. They provide an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. I am confident my child is happy and safe at the Y. I am particularly pleased with the facility and staff at this location.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Tyler - Camp Oakes

   
 

Camp is one of my favorite places to go. Here are some of the many reasons why. First of all when you're up at camp you are able to express yourself without being judged. I like that you're able to dance and sing all you want. I have been able to learn so much about myself and make new friends. Camp Oakes is like my home away from home. Thank you for letting me visit it year after year. It's my favorite thing to do every summer and hopefully every winter now too.

Tyler
Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care

Mr and Mrs Duellia - MARINERS FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son would come home do his homework, play, eat dinner and go to sleep. This all was a routine for awhile. We would assist him with his homework, play with him and give him all the attention he needed, but there was something missing. Being the only son is not easy. I heard about the YMCA from a parent at Mariners who told me about the great staff assistance and plans for the kids that were provided. I encouraged my son to attend out of curiosity, and a week into the program there was a sparkle in his eyes that was missing. I finally realized that he needed that companionship that only friendship can deliver. He would get sad when he left, but excited for what tomorrow will bring. He now goes to middle school with his YMCA friends, so I'm glad I decided to enroll him and thank you to all the teachers and everyone at the YMCA for your help!!!

Mr. and Mrs. Duellia
MARINERS FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

All the teachers have been really nice and helpful. Thanks to Ms Destiny, Ms Teresa, Ms Chante, Ms Amanda, Ms "Panda Amanda" (the other Amanda) and Ms Danielle. My son just adores all of them:) and they will be missed when we transfer to Peterson next year. They're really great with kids!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Everyone is welcoming. My son loves Sarah, SeTasha, Claudia, and Tristan. He asks everyday if he can stay late. If he didn't feel comfortable there, he wouldn't go.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - SEACLIFF FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My child loves Seacliff YMCA. She participates in Friday Fun nights, loves all activities like Track and Field and outside play time. She doesnít mind doing homework when asked and loves going in the morning on days when I have to go to work early. She has about 6 friends she now sees outside of school because of the YMCA. The teachers always correct a child in the most constructive way. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact we have a bathroom inside the bldg!!!!! My daughter often brushes her teeth at the Y when we have a really rushed morning. She also changes for dance class when I pick her up in the afternoon. LOVE Ms. Theresa!!!!! Such a great attitude!!!!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Katya - Afterschool Care

   
 

The YMCA is so fun. I'm talking about the middle school YMCA. We go to the beach and talk and do stuff. We are cool and we can have the Wii and Xbox 360. The leaders are the best because they listen to you. You can do projects, watch movies, play games and come up with funny stuff. I think the YMCA is so fun!!

Katya
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Jocelyn Ho - PETERSON FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The Philosopher John Locke once wrote, "Education begins the gentleman (child), but reading, good company and reflection must finish him." In honor of this famous quote, we want to share that Eader & Peterson YMCA programs have been instrumental in the growth of our daughter, Jocelyn. Each program has helped take her to another level of social development that we feel would not have happened if she had not been involved in these outstanding and well run programs. The leadership and staff at each location are warm, caring and truly help the children become better people. The YMCA teaches and supplements many of the missing elements that are lacking in today's educational curriculum, such as art, physical fitness, cooking, and a deeper understanding of science and discovery. All of these areas are vital in helping the children reach their potential. In addition, the YMCA is an affordable child care solution for the dual-income family. It is money well spent and the staff certainly gives a family their money's worth in love and attention to the kids. We wish to extend a personal thank you to Tomia Hicks and her team for making Jocelyn feel welcomed and appreciated at Peterson after her transfer from Eader.

Jocelyn Ho
PETERSON FAMILY YMCA