YMCA Heritage Youth Center Provides Spring Break Care Helping Wo - KOAM TV 7

YMCA Heritage Youth Center Provides Spring Break Care Helping Working Parents

   Schools are closed for spring break so some parents are forced for to find care for their kids.

Local YMCA programs are coming to the rescue.

Kids including  five year old Zoey Berger run around in a game of  bean bag dodge ball with a mission of knocking down  bowling pins at the end of a room  at the Heritage Youth Development Center.

The Y's spring break camp is home away from home for more than thirty-five kids whose parents work, like Zoey's mom.

Child care specialist Erica du Rossette says  the program helps, "So that  parents don't have to miss work  and that the kids  have a safe place to come and get a meal. We serve breakfast, lunch and snacks  and so we provide a safe  nurturing environment..  while parents are at work and they don't have to worry about them." 

Zoey's mom, Ariane Berger says it's a value for twenty-five dollars a day, "For  the care they give,  what they teach them and all the activities, I think it's definitely  fair and   within my budget as a single mom so  that's pretty good."

 DodgDodge balljust  one of many activities the kids will enjoy during spring break week and parents and organizers say it's better than them sitting at home on the couch.

du Rosette says,"I think it's better to come and  be active than sitting on a couch or watching tv and playing video games all day. They're  constantly doing something. We change our activity every thirty minutes so they  don t get bored. They're constantly on the go when they're here."  

Kids board a bus to go on a  field trip.  This time to Range Line miniature golf.

Zoey's mom says, "They don't just let them sit there and you know just hang out. They have a lot of activities especially this week, spring break, everyday they're doing something fun."

   Mini golf is a first time experience for some of the kids. And while it isn't out of town, they'll go skating or bowling and swim in the Y pool to put a little vacation into their spring break.

 The YMCA also offers day long activities on snow days which Berger says are also extremely helpful for working parents.

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