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Neighborhood School Open House Set: YMCA Offers Daycare

The Board of Education announced Monday night that it would have an Open House for residents to see their new schools as part of the new Neighborhood Schools Program on June 4. All those going to new schools are invited to go to the school to see what it is all about from 6-7:30 p.m. HALS and New Britain High School are excluded.

“The principals will be there to give a brief talk to the parents,” said Paul Salina, assistant superintendent. “This will give them the opportunity to meet them and see the school. There will be a program planned and refreshments. It will be a first taste to see what the school is like.”

A back to school breakfast is also planned for Thursday, August 29. Crossing guards and walkers to walk routes will be available. Buses will be working to resolve any issues that might take place.

“The school will be fully staffed and there will be a program at the school for students, parents and teachers,” said Salina. “Students will be able to go to their classes and meet their teachers.”

The event will go for two hours.

The New Britain YMCA has announced that it will make daycare before and after school available for students at a cost. It will be before school from 7-8:45 a.m. and after school until 6 p.m. Half days will also be included.

“Parents can have just before school or after school or both,” said Salina. “This is a great way to extend that neighborhood feeling. This is going to be a great asset to us.”

Rich McCarty, executive director of the YMCA, said the YMCA has been in this community for 130 years and has always been youth oriented.

“This is just another step in the evolution in our relationship with our City,” said McCarty. “We are really pleased to be able to do this at an affordable price. We’ve done it for so many kids for so many years and this is a great way to do it locally. People love to come to the Y, but they want to do it on their terms.”

He said every teacher will have first aid training and there will be options for snow days. Parents need to apply for that ahead of the season and be able to drop off and pick up their child from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We always talk about educating the whole person,” said McCarty. “We are excited to be able to offer this to more students.”

The program will provide homework time, arts and music enrichment and recreation activities. Morning care will be offered as early as 7 a.m. on school days. After-care runs as late as 6 p.m. The program is priced at $20 per week per child for morning care, $40 per week per child for after-school care and $55 for both programs, per child. There is a discount for multiple children in the same family. Parents will sign up for this program directly with the YMCA.

Presently Northend and Chamberlain Schools have student programs at the YMCA.

YMCA representatives are planning to attend the neighborhood schools open houses on June 4 to answer any questions. Parents and caregivers interested in this program can call the YMCA at 860-229-3787.

Salina also said the schools sent out letters to parents on April 22 in four languages concerning what schools they would be going to as part of Neighborhood Schools. The school district has a website where parents can find what schools their children will be going to from now on through high school.