Currently we are facing a challenge at the North Oakland YMCA. There are not enough toys for the children in child watch to play with and there is no room in the current budget for new toys. Instead of being excited for running around and interacting during gym time, the children are sitting and talking. They are showing signs of becoming disenchanted and are no longer excited for gym time. During their time in Child Watch, children should have opportunities to play and develop their gross motor skills. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.
At the Y, we believe that values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. We offer Child Watch because we know that now, more than ever, busy parents need support. When parents come to the Y for a class, group activity or workout, their kids need a safe, enriching environment where they can build healthy, trusting relationships with other kids and adults. At Child Watch, children play under the supervision of caring, trained Y staff. At the same time, their parents are able to relax, connect with other Y members and enjoy healthy activities at the Y.
Our Child Watch program at North Oakland is huge. We watch up to 30 children at one time, and generally cycle through 60-80 children in one 5 hour shift. Monique, a child care employee, noticed the lack of toys and wants to make a difference. Because of Monique’s amazing passion and caring we are reaching out to our community to raise $1,500 to buy new and stimulating toys for the children in childcare. Because we want children to be the best that they can be, and because play is so essential to development. we are asking for your support.