Parent Involvement

Join the Parent Advisory Council!

Parents are encouraged to participate in the Parent Advisory Council as a way to keep abreast of current issues and concerns at each YMCA Child Care and Afterschool Program Center. Parents and YMCA staff members come together to share ideas and suggestions regarding program content and quality, family activities, enrichment programs, and other items of interest.

Become a Volunteer!

Parents are welcome to attend field trips as a volunteer or to help at the program center with family events, daily activities and service projects. Parents are also invited to become a part of the YMCA Annual PARTNERS Campaign, where money is raised to provide scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to participate in Y programs.

"The staff is excellent with the kids. My son really enjoys coming. He even gets upset if I pick him up early. That is very comforting for a parent."

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Afterschool Care YMCA Stories

Caprice Kavanaugh - Resident Camp

   
 

I became part of the Y when I was 10 yrs old, going to day camp and resident camp. I've been going to Camp Oakes each summer since then and would never miss it. When I got old enough, I started working with the Y in afternoon childcare. I love being around the kids and being able to help guide them to make the right choices.

I've continued to be part of the Y so I can make a different with the youths I come in contact with and the communities that surround them.

Caprice Kavanaugh
Resident Camp & Afterschool Care

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son loves attending the Y. The staff is great and they follow the procedures. I feel at ease with my son being there. It is a safe environment. The summer program is really fun. So many great activities to break up a long day.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Our greatest exeperience so far was raising money for families who cant afford the YMCA. My child wanted to go door to door so she taped 2 corn cans together with blue duck tape and put flyers in one can and lollipops in the other. She begged me each day if we got home before it was dark to go knocking doors in our gated community. I HATED IT!!!!!! I stalled at every opportunity! I told her only 5 doors, then we were going home. Everyday she collected cash or check from our neighborhood and even got a $100. check from someone who was so impressed she had the courage to do this. If the home looked quiet or dark she would not knock because she didnt want to use up one of her 5 opportunities. By the end of the event she had raised over $200. more than any other child who was collecting donations on their own. She had built alot of character, pressentation skills, salesmanship and was so proud or herself and of course so was I.

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

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 - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son looks forward to the days he is at the Y for longer periods of time, including asking if he can go to "early" Y. This makes me feel comfortable having him in childcare while I pursue a degree.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - MOFFET FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Years ago I had a little boy in the program named Garrett Ewald, now called Garrett Ryan. He was a bright and funny child. He was caring and very respectful; he also really loved the YMCA. He ended up moving to the Peterson program where he grew to enjoy the YMCA even more through the years. He occasionally acted in small roles, commercials, and photo shoots, and he would always tell Tomia and me about these great opportunities. He is now going into the 7th grade, and came to visit Peterson and Moffett YMCA today to announce that he has a leading role playing Judy's best friend in the new Judy Moody move coming out tomorrow. He wanted to thank the Y and tell us how much he enjoyed his time here...refusing to say who was his favorite, Moffett or Peterson, ëcause you know I asked. :) Although he wanted to come and say thanks for all the support, he was kind enough to bring a movie booklet and sign autographs for all the kids at both sites.

Anonymous
MOFFET FAMILY YMCA

Susan Herrera - ESTOCK FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I am a kindergarten teacher at Estock YMCA in the city of Tustin, California. I feel so lucky to work with my team staff members, Elizabeth Medina, Jessica and Vickey. They make me feel so welcome, show me patience and teach me new things every day. I feel I have been at the "Y" for years even though I've only been there for 6 months. This is my first time working with school age children and so far I learn from them every day. I'm thankful everyday for my job. I am happy and enjoy everything.

Susan Herrera
ESTOCK FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The staff, the staff, the staff. Oh yeah, did I mention the staff! Jamie, Diana and the rest staff are FANTASTIC!!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Cindy Mirsky - Summer Day Camp in 1968

   
 

From August 1967 to May 1968 it had been a huge struggle for me. About four years earlier, my father had been killed in an automobile accident leaving his wife at age 25 and four year old daughter with little money as my parents hadn't had enough money to buy life insurance. My mother was an attractive woman and within a relatively short time, she was dating and remarried. Our new happy family moved to Anaheim in August 1967 from Long Beach. But life in Anaheim was far different than the one I knew in Long Beach, where I had numerous friends and was involved in the student council. In Anaheim, I had no friends and forget even thinking about student council as it was enough to just get through the day at a new school with a new "dad" too. There must have been an advertisement at my elementary school about the Y-day Camp for the upcoming summer break. I remember I asked my parents if I could go, thinking they would say no, but to my surprise they said "yes" for one week. I have to say,that week in August 1968 was the best week of my entire summer. I had a blast and I made two friends, that later, when I was in Junior High and High school, attended the same school that I did. Our week at the Y-Day Camp became our common bond and even today, 44 years later, I am still friends with one of the girls I met at that summer day camp way back in 1968. I don't think my words convey how wonderful that week was for me. After having a year at school where I had been unsuccessful at making any friends and then having a week at the Y Day Camp and making two friends, it gave me the confidence to begin fifth grade with a new attitude and confidence that I would make new friends--and in fact, I did. I also have to say, because of my experience, I have always supported the Y. And when my children were young and needed after school care, I had no doubt the Y was the place for my kids to go for after-school care. The Y truly is a great place to learn new things and make new friends...and in some instances...even friends for a lifetime!p>

Cindy Mirsky
Summer Day Camp at the Y: The Year 1968