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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Afterschool Care YMCA Stories

Alannah Meijia - Afterschool Care

   
 

My favorite thing I've ever done at the Y is when we had the Monster Inc. movie night because we (me and my friend Layla) got to bake things and sell them at the movie night. It was really fun to bake things and sell them. It was also pretty cool because I got to keep the left over goods.

Alannah Meijia
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

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

Faith Ford - ESTOCK FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Hi, I'm Faith. I have been a part of the YMCA for about 8 or 9 years. I have had so many great memories with the YMCA but I really only have two or three that comes to mind right now. I actually met my best friend at the YMCA when I was in kindergarten; we are still best friends to this day. Another great memory I had was when I went on my first field trip. I was really scared to go on any rides and the staff helped me and made me feel better. I love the YMCA and the qualities it has. Thanks guys!

Faith Ford
ESTOCK 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 - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I am really happy with the staff at the YMCA and the center is always clean and organized.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Alicia Brower - SMITH/EADER FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I have worked for the Y for over 3 years and just joined the YMCA of OC a couple of months ago. The Y is a place for kids and their families to make new friends and create strong relationships with staff. As an afterschool care teacher I have had the opportunity to help mentor and get to know so many amazing children. I'm hoping to be someone the children can look up to. I have also learned from each child and his/her unique family. The Y is a place to learn, grow, discover, share, and socialize.

Alicia Brower
SMITH/EADER 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

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The staff treats my child with care and love. They are patient and watch after her to my child.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

James - CONCORDIA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I love the Y because I love playing football with my friends and I love how fun the Y is. I love the half nighters and clubs. I like how much they care about us and how they take care of us afterschool.

James
CONCORDIA FAMILY YMCA

Jimmi Jett - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I've worked here for almost 15 years, having had the opportunity to work throughout the various communities that we serve. Along the way my son has became a participant in the Y, both at child care and resident camp. My son looks forward to his camp experience each year and achieving the goals that he set while he was up there the previous year. He always feel accepted when he is there.

Jimmi Jett
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - LAGUNA NIGUEL FAMILY YMCA