Fun, and structure, at Y Children’s Learning Center

The Waynesboro Y Children’s Learning Center has been busy this summer and is looking forward to an equally busy fall.

The 10-week summer program for children ages kindergarten through age 12 has given young Y members the opportunity to not only take walking field trips to the park pool, but they have also gone to Kline’s for ice cream, gone bowling, gone to the library, visited a peach orchard and ventured to the Safari Park. The staff also held an ’80s week for the kids.

The leaders of the summer camp have their hands full with about 70 children at the YMCA location and 25 kids at the satellite location at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School. For Rebecca Patton, the childcare director at the Y, who has been working with the program for 10 years, “it’s a lot of work, but the kids love the field trips.”

The youngsters are in for a treat when they go on their finale field trip to Massanutten Water Park. The younger kids will be heading to Pump It Up in Harrisonburg to play on the inflatables. There will also be a summer block party to end the summer that is open to the community.

The program does not stop when the summer ends. There is an afterschool program that will pick up students from all Waynesboro city schools, plus Ladd Elementary, Stump Elementary, Stuarts Draft Elementary, Hugh K. Cassell Elementary and Faith Primary.

The students will be picked up and brought back to the Waynesboro Y, where they will have time for homework, playing on the playground or in the gym, and snacks. Twice a week, the kids will be able to swim, and on days the school are closed, the program is open all day long for kids to come and hang out.

Tuition for the after school program is $41 per week if you are a member and your child will be attending full-time (4-5 days per week), and $47 if you are not a member and your child is attending full time. Part-time tuition (1-3 days per week) for members is $35 per week for members and $45 per week for those who are not members.


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