Kindergarten through fifth-grade children come for after school care and all day on school release and vacation days during the school year at YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Midtown or at YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Instructional practices in a high-quality, school-age program foster strong relationships and learning among the children.
In addition to year-round school-age care, YWCA Minneapolis also provides Summer Camps for children ages 4 – 17.
School-age children need a safe, interesting afterschool environment where they can develop skills and relationships in a positive manner. We encourage this development with age-appropriate activities that include social, physical, creative and emotional opportunities for growth.
Leadership skills and conflict resolution are focuses for this age group. Individual interests are honored. Decisions about classroom materials and the environment are made jointly with the children. School-age children are encouraged to work in teams and share in decision making and problem solving.
Enrichment activities include field trips and interactions with community people who visit the classroom. The program promotes fun through games, project-based experiences and hands-on, experiential learning.