After School, Kids Discover Their Potential at the Y

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests.  It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 11.3 million kids head to homes where they are unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m. according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. 

As children transition from summer to fall, the YMCA of Rock River Valley offers Kids’ Time before and after school programming at schools in Rockford Public Schools 205, Harlem School District and Pecatonica. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, Kids’ Time offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year. 

“One in five children do not have someone to care for them after school, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Bif Buchan, District Executive, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.”

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career. During Kids’ Time youth receive help with homework, can participate in arts and crafts, are engaged in active play and more.  

Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. For more information about Kids’ Time after school program, click here.