Flexibility for the working parent

. August 2, 2012.

A long day at work can feel like punishment without the right childcare to ease a busy mom or dad’s mind, and for parents who juggle late-night shifts or multiple occupations it can be even tougher. The YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo hope to alleviate these challenges with child care options that cater to parents’ and their often frenzied work schedules. The Y’s Early Education Care and Afterschool Adventure programs have recently expanded into more area centers, and offer a stable, consistent environment for children; parents can meet with staff to create a care schedule that meets their needs, with some centers open as early as 5:15 am and providing care up to 11 pm. “We have a high demand for early opening and extended hours,” says Ann Newton, a child development specialist at the Y. “As Toledo’s economy continues to improve, the hours parents are going back to work are more non-traditional than the nine to five job.” And the stability of using one child care center (rather than shuttle between different providers) can boost children’s academic performance and reduce behavior
problems, Newton says. Second-shift care for parents who work late nights puts kids on an afternoon schedule of academics, athletics (like swimming lessons) and educational field trips. Its morning counterpart, the Y Early Education program, focuses on preparation for kindergarten (and the bonus of seven weeks of swim lessons added on for preschoolers!). The Y serves children from infants to 12-year-olds through their eight early education and care centers and 18 school-age centers.

For more information, contact the Y child development department at 419-474-3995 or visit www.ymcatoledo.org. —AO