Salinas, CA, July 14, 2020 - Summer Camp is crucial for our youth and community. The Central Coast YMCA is providing safe, reliable childcare while following all current local, state and CDC guidelines to be safe during the pandemic.
All branches are now open and operating Summer Day Camp, offering a summer experience that will last a lifetime. More than 2800 children are registered for Summer Day Camp and over 1050 have attended since June 1.
Detailed guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the YMCA recommend extensive cleaning protocols and safety measures to protect kids.
The Y will separate campers into small groups, require social distancing and wash hands frequently. The camp’s common areas and equipment will undergo frequent cleaning.
Experts agree that kids need summer camp for their mental health. They need to be around children their own age to play and be kids again. They need a routine and something familiar. They need to feel normal again.
“Play is essential,” Dr. Jeffrey Hutchinson, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told CNN. “Unstructured time is vital for development, stress reduction, and physical and mental health [for children].”
Central Coast YMCA has moved its administrative offices from Salinas to Monterey in order to increase capacity for summer day camp while incorporating social distancing and complying with CDC guidelines.
The camp runs Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and space is limited. Parents should reserve their child’s spot now. Financial assistance is available. For more details, call your local branch or visit www.centralcoastymca.org.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901