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

Julia Cesana - SEACLIFF FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Dear YMCA Staff, what I like about the YMCA is that we can do all sorts of things, especially coloring because I love it so much. When the YMCA staff is here cleaning we are at home playing, especially Ms. Dana she has to buy everything for us. Even though the YMCA has a lot of rules it's the best place to be.

Julia Cesana
SEACLIFF FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

What I love best about the Y is that Jamie the director is an amazing person, great with the kids, and my daughter loves and respects Jamie.. Jamie truly cares about each and every child and is always aware of everything that happens at the Y... She always comes to me to let me know how Kylie is doing it if there are Any issues I need ti know about.. I love the communication with the staff.. I appreciate them and am grateful for them. My daughter thrives because of the YMCA.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I feel the people make the difference. Tasha, Claudia, Sarah and Tristen have made our family feel very welcome and they are very helpful. They all are very aware of the kids needs and wants but not just our kids but all the children. They believe in shaping the kids and helping them grow which I find as a plus.

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

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

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

Cheyla McLellan - SMITH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I came to the Y as a child and really enjoyed it and had great relationships with some of the teachers. I really looked up to them, so now as an adult while going to school to become a teacher, I thought what a great way to give back and also become a mentor to children. I love working with children and enjoy working for the Y.

Cheyla McLellan
SMITH FAMILY YMCA

Delaine Anderson - Camp

   
 

Ever since I was old enough to understand things, my mom couldn't let my brother do things without me. From forcing my way into an all-boy's T-ball team when I was 5 or 6, to getting my way and having my mom tell the director I was my brother Garrett's twin, when I was a year younger we stayed together. Ever since I was enrolled in camp a year earlier, it changed my life. No longer can I focus on trivial things like, "Ew my hair looks bad!" or "oh my god, he doesn't like me!" Your eyes are open at camp to the fact that those things don't matter. Life is a lot bigger than cell phones or Facebook. Each person around you is so different that you can't afford to ignore them any longer. I'm 13 now, and for the 6 years I've gone to camp, 8 different times, no experience is ever the same. Every year I can feel myself becoming a better person because that's what camp does to you. I don't know whether it's the clear air or the good food, but camp does change you. It teaches you, if nothing else, to be yourself.

Delaine Anderson
Camp & Afterschool Care

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

   
 

We are beyond happy with the Peterson YMCA! The entire staff is fun and friendly while maintaining AMAZING control of the students. The YMCA room is very clean and well maintained. The staff goes to great lengths to engage the students in constructive, fun and age appropriate activities. We feel truly blessed to get to be a part of this program! (And their Valentine's Day dance was pretty fantastic!)

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA