Mission: An association of persons of all ages who are united through a common effort to put christian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen the family, develop leadership in youth, build international understanding, and assist in community development in frederick, maryland.
Programs: Family services and child care:. The ymca is the largest child care provider in frederick county and has a strong relationship with fcps, frederick county government and the frederick county housing authority in a partnership approach providing service to nearly 3,000 unduplicated children. Over the last year, the ymca successfully provided quality child care services at multiple locations, addressing a variety of age /target populations year round. Such programs included the following: two (2) licensed child care development centers, before & afterschool activities hosted in twenty seven (27) locations and summer day camp at seven (7) offsite locations. The ymca is committed to providing the child with a multitude of experiences and activities and each of the programs mentioned offer a combination of the following enrichment based offerings: dance, youth sports, arts & crafts, gymnastics, science & technology, homework/tutoring, comprehensive state approved pre-school curriculum, specialty field trips & guest speakers.
membership services:the ymca provides an opportunity for anyone in frederick county who desires to participate in an activity offered by the ymca to enroll regardless of their ability to pay. Financial assistance is made possible through strong efforts on behalf of the ymca board of directors and numerous businesses to support the initiatives of the ymca. By focusing on the strategic plan, the ymca continues to be successful in positioning itself as a leader in the community that can provide services and activities to community members where other agencies and/or organizations might not be in a position to do so. Over the last year, the ymca partnered with a variety of agencies and organizations to provide quality activities to the community at large, allowing for the opportunity to leverage resources, as it relates to both financial and physical support as well as eliminating the need to duplicate services throughout the community. Partnerships include, but are not limited to the following: city of frederick, frederick county government, american diabetes foundation, housing authority, rotary club of carroll creek, walkersville childrens center, the shields foundation, city of brunswick, american legion and thorpewood. The ymca of frederick county continued to implement the strategic plan. The association continues to upgrade and improve its facilities and use of space in order to meet the demand of the more than 30,000 unduplicated members that participate in the ymca services. The most important asset the ymca has is its people. The association continues to reach out to both its membership and staff and conducts a formal survey to encourage feedback in order to continue to meet the needs of the community.
head start program:the ymca continues to manage the federal head start program servicing approximately 282 children in seven (7) facilities throughout frederick county. Although this is the fifth year that the ymca has facilitated the program, the head start program has been active in the frederick county community for over 40 years. The ymca head start program promotes the school readiness of children age three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. Head start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher. In order to be successful in the implementation of this comprehensive program, the ymca was successful in identifying community partners to assist with securing physical locations to host the services and provide additional funding to offset start up costs. The funding for the head start program is supported by an 80% federal grant and requires 20% local/association matching funds in the form of cash, or in-kind space and services.
youth and community programs:the ymca offers youth programs in sports, dance, gymnastics, karate, and the humanities. Youth sports focus on teamwork, respect, and fair play. These programs are progressive with multiple levels of play. Positive competition and family involvement is encouraged. All programs incorporate values of the character counts! Program. Programs in youth and government, teen leadership, and sea scouts are also offered.