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Fitting in 'Me Time' - How the Y Can Help

Have you ever thought about escaping for a bit to do something on your own, but felt guilty about it? It’s often a dilemma parents and caregivers face: trying to fit in some “me time” while making sure the kids are happy and healthy. Here are ways the YMCA can help you feel recharged.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 17, 2019

Child Care

6 Tips to Keep Kids Safe in the Sun

More than 600 people die every year from extreme heat in the U.S., and children are one of the groups most at risk for heat-related illnesses like dehydration and heatstroke. The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges offers these tips for keeping kids safe in the heat.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 11, 2019

Child Care

How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten - Over Summer

Your summer doesn’t have to be spent like a second school year, and children aren’t expected to be academic geniuses when they enter the classroom. There are some things families can do, however, to help make the transition easier.  

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 05, 2019

Child Care

Prepare Your Family For Severe Weather

While thunderstorms are most common in the spring and summer, severe weather can happen at any time of the year. The CDC offers these tips for keeping your family safe. 

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 04, 2019

Child Care

10 Ways Kids Benefit From Being Active

It’s recommended that kids ages 6 and older get at least an hour of physical activity a day. One hour isn’t a lot when you add up the time spent walking to school, playing at recess, in gym class, or after school. Here are 10 reasons why being active is essential for kids’ health.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 31, 2019

Child Care

Tips for Enjoying Summer Movies with Kids

Movie viewing can be a great family bonding experience, whether it’s in a theater or through a streaming service on your TV. Here are some ways to ensure the whole family can enjoy it. 

By: Mollie Shauger | May 31, 2019

Child Care

5 Ways to Lower Your Child Care Costs

A recent Care.com survey found that one in three U.S. families spends 20 percent or more of their annual household income on child care. Here are resources that could help you or caregivers you know to afford the extra expenses.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 24, 2019

Child Care

Why an Early Childhood Education Matters

Whether in the form of child care, preschool, pre-kindergarten or nursery school, early learning programs help nurture a child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, while preparing them for elementary school.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 24, 2019

Child Care

Choosing Child Care: Here's What to Ask

To help guide you through deciding on child care, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has created a list of questions to ask potential caregivers when comparing programs.

By: Mollie Shauger | May 23, 2019