by Lisa Tome
While a host of students and parents waited outside Bay View Elementary for the first day of school to begin on Thursday, others were already inside having breakfast and playing games.
The YMCA's before and after school care programs are back in business.
According to Amy Sexton, who coordinates the before and after care programs, the YMCA now serves at eight schools in addition to Bay View Elementary. Those elementary schools are Rising Sun, Calvert, Perryville, Conowingo, Gilpin Manor, Thomson Estates, Leeds (held at the YMCA), and Holly Hall. Conowingo and Bay View are at capacity, 30 children. Perryville has recently been expanded to accommodate 15 more children.
The program, which started about seven years ago, has opened at a new location each year. The program serving Leeds Elementary has been in existence about a decade. Children arrive at the site as early as 6:30 a.m. They are picked up by parents by 6 p.m. The children may bring breakfast to the site (school except for Leeds). After school, there is snack, homework time, and free play.
Kathy McEvoy has worked for the program for four years.
She said the need for before and after care is growing. "It's always increasing. We have 30 and we also have a waiting list," said McEvoy. "They've all been coming here. They are pretty excited."
Second grader Izzy Womack was in the before care program last week and anxious for school to start. "I am excited for everything, except getting in trouble. But I don't get in trouble," said Womack.
Cost for this program is $195 per month for YMCA members and $255 per month for non members. Cost for Leeds Elementary students is greater. For more information call Amy Sexton at 410-398-2333.