At the Y we believe all children deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. By participating in values-based YMCA programs nearly 900,000 California youth and teens are advancing their learning, making smarter choices, getting healthy, and developing lifelong values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
YMCAs collectively are the nation’s largest provider of childcare. In California the Y works with 205 school districts and serves thousands of children every day in 992 childcare program sites located in schools, churches, YMCAs and other community based facilities. The Y offers families affordable, high quality and safe care for children in preschool through elementary school. Through scholarships, program subsidies, partnerships and community outreach the Y provides critical assistance to thousands of low-income families in the state.
California Y's are one of the largest providers of the State's After School Education & Safety (ASES) program, providing quality school-site afterschool academic programming for more than 30,000 K-8 students at 475 sites around the state. More than 75% of students participating in Y ASES programs qualify for free and reduced price lunches.
Many of California's Y offer youth development programming through the Y's signature Achievement Gap™ program. To learn about this program and our youth development work, in general, please take a look at the video below: