YWCA Westfield celebrated April as the Month of the Young Child
Month after month, the YWCA Westfield Child Services Program notes the following accomplishments:
serves more than 100 children each school day ranging in age from 2 to 18;
From left to right, Brittany Harriger and Hailey Cruz practice their leadership and communication skills. These young ladies are enrolled in the YWCA Westfield After School Advantage Program and have been working with the Jamestown YWCA Adult Identity Mentoring Project.
employs 20 childcare professionals including those with more than 20 years experience and has an excellent staff retention rate within the child care environment;
is licensed through The Office of Children and Family Services. Meets all the requirements of New York State and has recorded many compliments on staff engagement with the children, a bright and safe environment, plus the implementation of a NYSAN self assessment system of continuous improvement;
staff clearances through the State Central Child Abuse Registry, Federal Criminal Background checks and also have medical clearances. Staff is trained in CPR and First Aid;
YWCA staff are mandated reporters trained to identify potential physical and sexual abuse or neglect. Staff work with the children on good safety practices and the children have been visited by law enforcement and educational professionals to reinforce the importance of keeping themselves safe; and
partnerships with agencies throughout Chautauqua County to bring professional services to children and communities.
Here are some upcoming opportunities to enroll children in a safe, child friendly, caring and professional environment.
UPK sign ups, Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to noon will be the final opportunity to sign children up for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten lottery in the Westfield Academy and Central School lobby. Those who have a child turning 4 by Dec. 1 and live in the Westfield school district this no-cost pre-school option provides great benefits.
Preschool and Day Care Center open house, Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. The YWCA Pre-School and Day Care open house and registration will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Westfield. This is an opportunity to sign up 2-, 3- and 4-year-old children for pre-school and the wrap around pre-school day care center. The day care center participates with the Department of Social Services for childcare subsidies and offers a scholarship scale for fees. This program is also supported by The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County.
Summer Program Sign ups, Tuesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. Summer sign ups will be held at Welch Field for the YWCA Girls Summer Program, Free Summer Feeding Program and YWCA Summer Camp.
Girls Program is for girls going into fourth through eighth grades and will run Monday, July 8 through Thursday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. This year's theme is "Healthy Bodies." Financial aid is available if needed.
School Age Summer Camp is a full day childcare program open to all children kindergarten to age 12. Children fully participate in the Welch Field Swimming and Recreation Program as well as the Patterson Library reading program with supervision from YWCA qualified staff. This program runs from Monday, June 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participant fees can be paid through the Department of Social Services for childcare subsidies or a scholarship scale. This is a United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Program.
Free Summer Feeding Program. The YWCA Westfield partners with the Westfield Recreation Department and COI to offer a free summer lunch and snack program at Welch Field July, 8 through the summer. Children age 1 to 18 are eligible just by signing up. Food must be eaten at the Welch Field site.
For more information on child care services and the support offered through the YWCA Westfield, contact child services director Brenda Backus at 326-4012.
Father Daughter Dance
Young ladies in kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to save the evening of Saturday, June 15 for the annual YWCA Father Daughter Dance.
"We have a great night planned for everyone," board member Dana Corwin said. "Ticket prices remain at $20 per couple, and we encourage not only dads, but grandfathers, uncles, brothers and cousins to accompany the young ladies."
A limited number of tickets will go on sale soon.
Adult Identity Mentoring
The YWCA Westfield After School Advantage Program has been working with the Jamestown YWCA Project Adult Identity Mentoring.
"The goal with these activities is to help the students learn how to communicate and share their ideals in a positive manner, how to lead others and have fun at the same time." YWCA After School Program Coordinator Julie Devlin said.
Project AIM is part of the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program provided in Westfield through a partnership with the YWCA Jamestown.
Taekwondo offers free month
The Tuesday Taekwondo classes have expanded and will include instruction on Thursdays as well. Beginning Tuesday, May 7, the classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, following the schedule that has been in place. Classes for students 8 to 15 will begin at 5:30 p.m., each night with the 16 through adults meeting at 6:30 p.m., both evenings as well. Instructor Alberto Ramirez is a native of Spain and has a background in military training, extensive experience in private security and several advanced degrees in the marital arts field. New students receive their first month free. The class fee is $40 per month payable at the beginning of each month. To register for the class, inquire about family discounts or learn more details, contact the YWCA at 326-2011.
Self-defense for women
The self-defense classes for women are scheduled to continue each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The class is designed for ladies over the age of 14 and is focused on awareness, avoidance tactics and the development of techniques that can be used for protection. Students are asked to wear loose comfortable clothing and be prepared to engage in physical activity and contact. The monthly fee is $35 per student with new students being offered their initial month free. To register for the class, call the YWCA.
Once again the YWCA has benefited from the efforts of a crew from Lakeview Correctional Institution.
"During the recent week our foundation beds have been cleaned and mulched, the lawn has been raked and mowed," YWCA Executive Director Katie Smith said. "The Village of Westfield provided the mulch, the labor was a free service, and we're very pleased with the way our grounds look. The crews have been here several times over the past years, and after each visit our grounds look better and better. We are most appreciative of the community service provided."
The collection of email address for YWCA members is continuing.
"Email will make it quicker and easier to communicate with our members and let them know as soon as the new cardio equipment is installed and operational," administrative assistant Michelle Warner said. "We will also roll out some new pricing structure related to memberships and fitness visits that we want to share."
Members are encouraged to call the YWCA or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with their name included.