YWCA Westfield celebrates Month of the Young Child

WESTFIELD – Month after month, the YWCA Westfield Child Services Program notes the following accomplishments:

serves more than 100 children each school day ranging in age from 2 to 18;

employs 20 childcare professionals including those with more than 20 years experience and has an excellent staff retention rate within the child care environment;

is licensed through The Office of Children and Family Services. Meets all the requirements of New York State and has recorded many compliments on staff engagement with the children, a bright and safe environment, plus the implementation of a NYSAN self assessment system of continuous improvement;

staff clearances through the State Central Child Abuse Registry, Federal Criminal Background checks and also have medical clearances. Staff is trained in CPR and First Aid;

YWCA staff are mandated reporters trained to identify potential physical and sexual abuse or neglect. Staff work with the children on good safety practices and the children have been visited by law enforcement and educational professionals to reinforce the importance of keeping themselves safe; and

partnerships with agencies throughout Chautauqua County to bring professional services to children and communities.

Here are some upcoming opportunities to enroll children in a safe, child friendly, caring and professional environment.

UPK sign ups, May 8 and May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, will be the final opportunity to sign children up for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten lottery in the Westfield Academy and Central School lobby. For those who have a child turning 4 by Dec. 1 and live in the Westfield school district, this no-cost pre-school option provides great benefits.

Preschool and Day Care Center open house, Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The YWCA Pre-School and Day Care open house and registration will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Westfield. This is an opportunity to sign up 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children for pre-school and the wrap around pre-school day care center. The day care center participates with the Depart-ment of Social Services for childcare subsidies and offers a scholarship scale for fees. This program is also supported by The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County.

Summer Program Sign ups, Tuesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Summer sign ups will be held at Welch Field for the YWCA Girls Summer Program, Free Summer Feeding Program and YWCA Summer Camp.

Girls Program is for girls going into fourth through eighth grades and will run Monday, July 8 through Thursday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. This year’s theme is “Healthy Bodies.” Financial aid is available if needed.

School Age Summer Camp is a full day childcare program open to all children kindergarten to age 12. Children fully participate in the Welch Field Swimming and Recreation Program as well as the Patterson Library reading program with supervision from YWCA qualified staff. This program runs from Monday, June 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participant fees can be paid through the Department of Social Services for childcare subsidies or a scholarship scale. This is a United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Program.

Free Summer Feeding Program. The YWCA Westfield partners with the Westfield Recreation Department and COI to offer a free summer lunch and snack program at Welch Field July 8 through the summer. Children age 1 to 18 are eligible just by signing up. Food must be eaten at the Welch Field site.

For more information on child care services and the support offered through the YWCA Westfield, contact child services director Brenda Backus at 326-4012.