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

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The environment is very positive, safe and welcoming for my child. She enjoys her time at the Y. She also looks forward to the planned activities.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like that the staff's attitude is the same whether parents are present or not. I also like that when a problem arises the staff feel confident in how to address the issue.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Andrea Vigil - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - MISSION VIEJO FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The YMCA is a great place to work because my daughter is welcomed in the Kid Zone. It's a big family and everyone is so nice to me and Loren. I normally have trouble making friends; I haven't made a true good friend in several years but after a month of working at the Y, I have made more friends than ever. They are just not friends, they're family!!!!

Andrea Vigil
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - MISSION VIEJO FAMILY YMCA

Rainey - Camp Oakes

   
 

The YMCA has helped me be a better person. I am better at mind, exercises, heights, and making friends., I've had the best time in my life! The most challenging thing was definitely the Rock Wall but the YMCA Camp Oakes program has helped me with my fears. The Y has helped me so much!

Rainey
Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The summer before Kindergarten, my son was a very introverted, shy child who was reluctant to join in group activities. We enrolled him in the Y Summer Camp program and he totally blossomed into a confident, friendly outgoing child with leadership skills!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH 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

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

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

Mary - YMCA Employee - Afterschool Care

   
 

I have been with the "Y" for exactly 1 year now. It has been my second family. Although I commute almost 2 hours and fight horrible traffic every morning, I wake up in the morning looking forward to a new and challenging day at work. I love being the Assistant Director because I get the best of both worlds. It's a balance of administrative work and time with the kids which is why we are all here right?

Mary - YMCA Employee
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