YMCA school age site receives merit award

Students, parents and River Valley Regional YMCA staff recently celebrated their Keystone STAR 2 rating at the YMCA School Age Child Care Program at Stevens Primary School.

Keystone STARS, a Pennsylvania Department of Education program, stand for Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources and Supports, and is a rating system that promotes quality improvement in early learning and development programs and school-age child care.

A STARS designation informs parents that their children are in a safe, respectful environment and are learning new things every day to support their current and future successes in school and in life.

“We asked the kids what they wanted and they put together a list,” said site supervisor, Edward Bazemore. “We ordered board games, footballs, basketballs and hoops and even an air hockey table.”

The children, in kindergarten to third grade invited their parents to help open and put together the new items and enjoy a pizza party. Michael Cargile’s and son, McKel, who attends the program, put together a basketball game.

The site opened in August and achieved a STAR 2 within six months. The site received a Merit Award that gives the program funding for new materials.

The program has been serving approximately 20 kids daily before and after school.

For more information on the Williamsport Branch YMCA School Age Child Care program contact director, Noah Mantione, at 570-323-7134 ext. 148 or by email at NoahM@rvrymca.org.

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