Celebrating Mother's Day and Supporting Working Mothers

Last updated: May 10, 2024, at 11:09 a.m. PT

Originally published: May 10, 2024, at 7:51 a.m. PT

Mother's Day

By Courtney Whitaker, Vice President of Youth Development 

As we approach Mother's Day, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the challenges that mothers face in balancing their personal and professional lives. As a young mother, I knew if my kid was well cared for, I could thrive in all aspects of my life. Unfortunately, the burden of child care often falls disproportionately on mothers, leading many women to leave the workforce due to the lack of affordable, high-quality, and accessible child care options. Child care is a crucial aspect of motherhood, allowing women to pursue their careers while also providing for their families. However, the availability of affordable and quality child care options continues to be a pressing issue for many mothers.  

At the Y, we understand the vital role that child care plays in supporting mothers, caregivers, and their families. That is why we are committed to providing a range of child care options, from early education programs to summer day and overnight camps and outdoor leadership camps for older children. Our early education programs at the YMCA are designed to provide a nurturing environment for children from birth through pre-school. We focus on academic skills, social-emotional development, physical health, and creative expression, helping children become lifelong learners.  

For older children, summer overnight camps offer a fun and enriching experience where kids can immerse themselves in outdoor activities while developing leadership skills. Our outdoor leadership camps are also great opportunities for youth to engage in team-building exercises, learn new skills, build social connections, and gain confidence in a safe and supportive environment. In our mission to support all caregivers, the Y also offers summer swim camps. With summer being the perfect time to learn to swim, moms can relax knowing their kids are having fun while learning critical water safety skills. 

When mothers can balance their personal and professional lives effectively, they can continue to thrive as individuals while also supporting their families and communities. This Mother's Day, let us be intentional about showing our appreciation for all the hardworking moms and caregivers by advocating for better child care options so they can continue shining bright in every aspect of their lives. 

If your passion is working with children, please join us as a Y staff member to help ensure quality child care remains available to working families. We offer amazing benefits including camp discounts and a complimentary  Y membership. 

The YMCA of Greater Seattle believes that everyone should have access to quality child care and summer programs. Please visit our website to learn more about the financial assistance available. 

Happy Mother's Day from your Y family.