GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

KEY ACADEMY BEFORE / AFTER SCHOOL CARE

The Greater Wichita YMCA’s KEY Academy is an updated, and improved before and after school program that unlocks each participating child's potential in a safe, welcoming environment where they can spend time adjacent to the school day in a school environment learning, having fun, and exploring with a goal of: Knowledge, Enrichment, and Youth Development - KEY.

KEY Academy nurtures self-confidence, encourages exploration of the world around them, and builds relationships between students. KEY Academy's academic support, mixture of supervised physical and quiet activities, nutritious breakfast and afternoon snack, and celebration of growth and achievement helps remove barriers allowing kids a greater level of health and wellness, stronger and more positive social relationships, and better-balanced emotional health. Kids from 5-12 years old in Kindergarten through fifth grade gain the keys to success - for today and for life. KEY Academy is:

  • Owned, staffed, and operated by the Greater Wichita YMCA with licensed, trained child care providers leading programs and helping with homework
  • A partnership with six area school districts (see list below) and 20+ elementary schools (see list below) to offer child care to young students
  • Available to children ages 5-12, enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth grade at participating schools
  • Open, daily, from 6:30AM until the start of the school day and/or from the end of the school day until 6PM
  • Available to all - FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is available to those who qualify and third-party payments are welcome
  • Complimented by FUN CLUB day camps during scheduled school breaks of a day, a few days, or a week

KEY Academy, priced based on participation level and YMCA member status, offers all participants:

  • Nutritious breakfast and/or after-school snacks
  • An extended day in the school environment with homework assistance
  • Time for structured, physical activities are quiet, individual activities
  • Seasonal themes, topics, and big ideas that ensure robust, dynamic opportunities

2019-2020 KEY ACADEMY PARTNER DISTRICT / SCHOOL SITES

ANDOVER SCHOOLS / USD 385

Before (AM) and after (PM) service at all sites including:

  • Cottonwood Elementary
  • Martin Elementary
  • Meadowlark Elementary 
  • Prairie Creek Elementary
  • Sunflower Elementary
  • Wheatland Elementary

GODDARD SCHOOLS / USD 265

Before (AM) and after (PM) service at all sites including:

  • Amelia Earhart Elementary
  • Apollo Elementary
  • Clark Davidson Elementary
  • Explorer Elementary
  • Oak Street Elementary (at Amelia Earhart)

MAIZE SCHOOLS / USD 266

Before (AM) and after (PM) service at all sites including:

  • Maize Central Elementary
  • Maize Elementary
  • Maize Pray Woodman Elementary
  • Maize South Elementary
  • Maize Vermillion (at Maize Elementary)

RENWICK SCHOOLS / USD 267

Site service options vary at sites including:

  • Garden Plain Elementary (PM Only)
  • St. Mark’s Elementary (AM and PM)

VALLEY CENTER SCHOOLS / USD 262

Before (AM) and after (PM) service at all sites including:

  • Abilene Elementary
  • West Elementary (at Wheatland Elementary)
  • Wheatland Elementary

WICHITA SCHOOLS / USD 259

Site service options vary at sites including:

  • Beech Elementary (AM and PM)
  • Caldwell Elementary (PM Only)
  • Mueller Elementary (AM Only)
  • Ortiz Elementary (AM Only)

KEY ACADEMY ENROLLMENT PROCESS

2019-2020 KEY Academy enrollment opens on Monday, July 8, 2019 and continues throughout the school year.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Review the KEY Academy Program Overview brochure and Policies and Parent Information materials - available below, at any KEY Academy site, any Greater Wichita YMCA branch location, and from our administrative office
  2. Complete a) The KEY Academy Enrollment Form b) Required KDHE paperwork (must be completed online (link below)) and c) A signed policies and parental information agreement.
  3. Calculate weekly fees (based on membership status and indicated session participation) and review payment options/policies including FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE considerations.
  4. Submit your completed materials AND enrollment fee IN PERSON at any Greater Wichita YMCA branch location or MAIL materials (as instructed in Overview Brochure) to our administrative offices.
  5. Do NOT try to enroll in KEY Academy on our website or at any KEY Academy service site. You must apply as stated above.
  6. Allow for up-to five business days for response from KEY Academy leadership. You will be invited to finalize enrollment and pricing and establish payment methods.
  7. KEY Academy staff MUST confirm enrollment before children can enter the program, without exception.

ENROLLMENT NOTES

  1. Enrollment is based on available space, child developmental readiness, licensing guidelines, and prioritization (as outlined above).
  2. Children with special needs will be accepted only if enrollment is in the best interest of the child.
  3. Costs for participation are based on service schedule. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is available and third-party payment is accepted. See policies document for full overview of cost/billing/payment requirements.
  4. ALL required paperwork (enrollment form, KDHE paperwork and support documents, and signed policies/parental information agreement) must be submitted BEFORE any child will be considered for enrollment.
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NEW TO ONLINE ENROLLMENT?

While current Greater Wichita YMCA members or those who have used our website for online enrollment before should have an online account - first time program participants and online enrollment may require you to create an online account. It takes a few minutes and will make future enrollment faster and easier. Click the link below to get started.

Have questions or concerns? Use our FAQ page, or our online CONTACT US form, or use the information below to contact our Child Care and Camp branch/program leadership and staff:

  • CHILD CARE ACCOUNTS - EMAIL or PHONE (316.776.8842)
  • SITE CONTACTS - KEY Academy site phone numbers are available in the Policies and Parent Information document.
  • Jon McReynolds (Senior Program Director) - EMAIL or PHONE (316.776.8243)
  • Andrea Eliot (Branch Director) - EMAIL or PHONE (316.776.8241)
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SCHEDULED SCHOOL CLOSURES MADE EASIER

A compliment to KEY Academy - but not just for participants - FUN CLUBS offer parents and students a fun, engaging environment for scheduled school closings. The Greater Wichita YMCA offers two types of Fun Clubs:

  • SCHOOL DAYS OUT - Available during nearly all single, and multi-day scheduled school closures for participating school districts - these day camps are held at schools or our branches and are open to all students (grades K-5, ages 5-12) from site schools, not just KEY Academy participants. Daily fees are financial assistance eligible.
  • BREAK CLUBS - Held at our branch locations during week-look scheduled school closures including Winter Break and Spring Break Camp - these week-long day camps allow one- or multi-day participation for any student, age 5-12, enrolled in grades K-5 regardless of school or KEY Academy participation. Fees are based on participation and are eligible for financial assistance consideration.

For more information about participation - including locations, dates, costs, and requirements - use the tile below to visit our FUN CLUBS program page.

OUR OTHER CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

In addition to KEY ACADEMY and FUN CLUBS - we offer additional Child Care options for infants-through-fifth graders including:

ANOTHER REASON Y

The Greater Wichita YMCA offers myriad Child Care options and hundreds of other offerings to support pursuit of a health spirit, mind, and body including:

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