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Main Street, YMCA team up for day care program

Community members take in a Bubble Mania show at an open house at Main Street School in North Syracuse. The open house was held to promote a new wrap-around daycare program the school is launching in conjunction with the North Area YMCA.

Community members take in a Bubble Mania show at an open house at Main Street School in North Syracuse. The open house was held to promote a new wrap-around daycare program the school is launching in conjunction with the North Area YMCA. Cheryl Seligman

— Families electing to participate in the wrap-around care will pay a separate fee to the Y for the before- and after-school programming than they will pay to Main Street School for preschool programming.

The before-school wrap-around fee is $115 per month, and the after-school fee is $300 per month. Full-day students participating in both before- and after-school childcare programs will pay the sum of the fees.

The Y will also provide care on days off — “snow days and scheduled days off, to offer that consistent care for parents,” Hussein said.

“The Y program is available to our families with special needs and also to our families that are typical, because we’re a full-inclusion preschool program,” Hussein added. She also noted that wrap-around childcare participants will receive a free youth membership to the Y.

As of a few weeks ago, only five students total had registered for the program — three in the morning and two in the afternoon. Main Street School is encouraging parents to register “sooner rather than later, so that we have a more accurate picture,” Hussein said.

The school would like to see at least six to eight students registered in each of the morning and afternoon wrap-around childcare sessions.

While there is no firm deadline for registration, Aug. 1 is the Y’s deadline “to get a good feel of how many kids are enrolled and how many 3-year-olds, how many 4-year olds, because New York state does have different ratio requirements,” said Stephanie Rhodes, program coordinator for before- and after-school programs and summer camps at the Y. “We’re hoping that we will be maintaining mostly 4-year-olds, and that puts us at a ratio of one to eight. So depending on how many kids enroll, we will staff based on that.”

Rhodes said students participating in the program will do “a lot of gross motor activity so that they’re able to get some of that energy out and play before they’re in school,” and will also work on teamwork, cooperation and sharing in small-group activities.

“We're really excited — it’s kind of a new endeavor for us because typically we’ve focused on school-age children, so age 5, so we’re expanding the program to include 3- and 4-year-olds now,” she said. “So we’re looking to hire our staff that has special education background and experience with the younger kids. I think it’ll be a great program — something that the families here have been asking about and looking for.”

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