Learning, Enrichment, and Play (LEAP)

The Y is pleased to introduce Y LEAP Academy, a full-day program designed in partnership with individual school districts to support kids and families with distance learning and school-day care along with the enrichment activities, social emotional learning, and play that the Y is known for. 

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Affordable for All

The Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching youth programs. We accept Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy at many locations. In addition, the Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule. Please complete this form to learn more about scholarships or financial assistance.

Prices are reflective of the hours that kids are in Y LEAP Academy and vary by school schedule or cohort assignment. Please see individual registration links bellow for pricing. A deposit of $10 per week is due upon registration.

If the $10 weekly registration deposit presents a challenge to your family, please contact us via email at registration@seattleymca.org or call us at 206-382-4927. 

Registration

Registration is offered on a weekly basis. Registration closes at the end of day each Wednesday for the following week. 

To register, please choose a location within your school district listed below. Each Y LEAP Academy is designed around the instructional model for your specific school district. Please do not register for a program outside of your home school district area or you will be unenrolled. If you are unclear what program to register for, please contact us.

Capacity is limited and we may not be able to offer space to every family interested in our programs, so please sign up promptly to secure your spot. If your chosen program or location is full, please add your child(ren) to the wait list and consider an alternative location within your school district.

Auburn School District

Please register with your school schedule or cohort assignment. If you don’t know this yet, please register with your preference or request. We are happy to move registration after you have received confirmation of your school schedule or cohort assignment from the school district.

The Y cannot offer transportation. If your child does not attend Lea Hill Elementary or Lakeland Hills Elementary, please check with your school about programs to support your family before and after the in-person school day, or plan to transport your child between your home elementary school and the Y LEAP program site.

Bellevue School District

This program runs a full-day model of Y LEAP Academy for those who wish to stay in 100% remote learning. 

Edmonds School District

Please register by grade choosing program options that fit your needs below. 

Kindergarten & 1st grade families that attend Chase Lake: 

  • Choose a before and after school program that matches your cohort assignment at your school here
  • Choose a three full-day option at former Woodway to complement your cohort assignment here.
  • Before your in-person hybrid programs start, choose five full-day programming here
  • If you are choosing to stay in distance learning and want to enroll in five full-day option, please register here

Second grade families that attend Chase Lake: 

  • Choose a before and after school program that matches your cohort assignment at your school here.
  • Choose a three full-day option at former Woodway to complement your cohort assignment here.
  • If you are choosing to stay in distance learning and want to enroll in five full-day option, please register here.

Third to sixth grade families that attend Chase Lake: 

  • Choose a before and after school program that matches your cohort assignment at your school here
  • Choose a three full-day option at former Woodway to complement your cohort assignment here.
  • Before your in-person hybrid programs start, choose five full-day programming here
  • If you are choosing to stay in distance learning and want to enroll in five full-day option, please register here

Families that don’t attend Chase Lake: 

  • Before your in-person hybrid programs start, choose five full-day programming here.
  • Choose a three full-day option at former Woodway to complement your cohort assignment here.
  • If you are choosing to stay in distance learning and want to enroll in five full-day option, please register here.

If you are interested in before or after school programs at Meadowdale or Lynndale Elementary Schools, please contact registration@seattleymca.org.

Highline School District

Please register with your school schedule or cohort assignment. If you don’t know this yet, please register with your preference or request. We are happy to move registration after you have received confirmation of your school schedule or cohort assignment from the school district.

The Highline School District will provide transportation between your home elementary school and our Y LEAP Academy program at Madrona Elementary.

Issaquah School District

This program runs a full-day model of Y LEAP Academy for those who wish to stay in 100% remote learning. 

Kent School District

For programs beginning April 12 and beyond, in the Kent School District, we will be offering an afternoon program to complement the morning in-person school days at Fairwood and Sunrise Elementary Schools. We will also continue to offer a full-day program for those families who choose to stay in fully remote learning at Fairwood Elementary.  Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer a program at Pine Tree Elementary based on facility space constraints.

Lake Washington School District

The Lake Washington School District is shifting their hybrid learning model and adding more in-person classroom time beginning April 19. Our Y LEAP Academy programs will shift to offer the following options to align with the new schedules: Before School Only, After School Only, Wednesday Full-Day Only, and Before & After-School with Wednesday Full-Day at the five locations listed below. Weekly full-day programs will be offered at the Coal Creek Family YMCA and Margaret Mead Elementary only for those that want to stay fully remote. 

Northshore School District

We offer full-day programs to support days without in-person learning at Maywood, Woodin, and Bear Creek Elementary Schools. We also offer a full-day program for those families who choose to stay in fully remote learning at these sites. Before and after school programs are not being offered at this time based on facility constraints in each school building. We will continue to evaluate this in partnership with Northshore School District.

Renton School District

This program runs a full-day model of Y LEAP Academy for those who wish to stay in 100% remote learning. 

Seattle School District

We offer a morning or afternoon program to complement your in-person learning cohort, plus a full-day program on Wednesdays at Arbor Heights Elementary, Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Boren STEM K8 School, Magnuson Park, Phinney Neighborhood Association, and Sand Point Elementary.  Please keep in mind that the Y cannot offer transportation between schools and our program sites.

Boren STEM K8 School, Magnuson Park, Phinney Neighborhood Association, and Sand Point Elementary will also offer full-day care for students staying in fully remote learning.

Our program at Concord International School offers full-day care for those families who choose to stay in fully remote learning.

Shoreline School District

Please register with your school schedule or cohort assignment. If you don’t know this yet, please register with your preference or request. We are happy to move registration after you have received confirmation of your school schedule or cohort assignment from the school district.

The Shoreline School District will provide transportation to students who would normally qualify for bussing. This transportation will be either from your home elementary school to North City if you are in the AM cohort or from North City to your home school if you are in the PM cohort. To request transportation, please email the transportation department

Snoqualmie Valley School District

Please register with your school schedule or cohort assignment. If you don’t know this yet, please register with your preference or request. We are happy to move registration after you have received confirmation of your school schedule or cohort assignment from the school district.

The Y cannot offer transportation, but transportation may be provided by the school district. Please reach out to the Snoqualmie Valley School District transportation department to learn more. If your child does not attend Timber Ridge Elementary or Snoqualmie Elementary, please fill out this form to let us know that you are interested in a Y LEAP Academy at your school. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the cost of Y LEAP Academy?
    Prices are reflective of the hours that kids are in Y LEAP Academy and vary by district.  Please see individual registration links above for pricing. A deposit of $10 per week is due upon registration.

    The Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching programs. We accept Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy at many locations. In addition, the Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule. Please complete this form learn more about scholarships or financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within three business days once the form is received.
     
  2. What is your cancellation or change policy?
    For cancellations, changes, or transfers, we require written notice by Wednesday at 12:00pm prior to the start of the session. Deposits are non-refundable and may be non-transferable. The Y reserves the right to charge a $25 fee for multiple registration changes. No refunds or credits will be given for absences, withdrawals, disciplinary suspensions, or removal of a student. 
     
  3. Do I have to attend a program in my home school district? 
    Each Y LEAP Academy is designed around the instructional model for your specific school district.  Please do not register for a program outside of your home school district area or you will be unenrolled. If you are unclear what program to register for, please contact us.
     
  4. What if my school district isn't listed?
    We are continuing to work hard to secure additional locations and will communicate updates at least 72 hours before registration opens to those previously registered for our 2020-2021 Before & After-School Programs and those on our interest list. Fill out this form to be added to the interest list. 
     
  5. My child attends a private school, can I still enroll in Y LEAP Academy?
    Please fill out our interest list form. We will reach out if we are able to accommodate private school students, but do need to prioritize enrollment at our school-based locations with public school instructional models and schedules.  
     
  6. What are the days and hours of Y LEAP Academy?
    Most programs will operate Monday to Friday, 7:30am - 5:30pm, and flex with the needs of each individual school as kids transition back to in-person classrooms.
     
  7. What does the mask requirement mean for Y LEAP Academy?
    The Governor's Office has issued a mandate for all youth 5 and older to wear face coverings.  The Department of Health has clarified that for our school-year programs, this mandate only applies when students are indoors or are not able to maintain six feet of physical distancing. Kids should bring their own face coverings every day. We will have additional face coverings available, if needed, but we find that kids are more successful in wearing their face coverings when they've chosen it themselves and it is sized appropriately. Please be sure to label face coverings with your child's name. 
     
  8. How are circles made? Who will my child be grouped with?
    The Y will make every effort to group students by grades and instruction time, with 10 to 12 kids per group. Staff will work to maintain the same circles from week to week as well as accommodate special requests if possible. 
     
  9. Do I need to fill out any additional paperwork for Y LEAP Academy?
    Yes, we have partnered with PLAYERSPACE as your communication and paperwork management system. You will receive an email from PLAYERSPACE giving you access to your Parent Center where you can complete required forms and waivers, including immunization records, update emergency contact and health history information, and upload photos for child(ren) and parent/guardians. You must complete this paperwork before your child(ren) can attend Y LEAP Academy. We estimate this work will take about 30 minutes. 

    If you have forgotten your login information, please go the main YMCA of Greater Seattle PLAYERSPACE login page and click forgot password. 

    Separately, we also ask that you identify those adults who are authorized to pickup your child(ren) in your ACTIVE account.  Follow these instructions.
     
  10. Do you offer part-time options?
    At this time we are focused on full-time, weekly enrollment.  
     
  11. Do I qualify for Facility Member pricing if my membership is on hold while facilities are closed or not up to full operations?
    You must be an active member to qualify for Facility Member pricing. If you would like to remove your hold status, please contact us.  
     
  12. I am not seeing my child's age available for this program, what do I do? 
    Y LEAP Academy is offered for elementary school ages and varies by district. If your child’s age falls into these guidelines and you are unable to register online please email us with your child’s name and date of birth. We will reach out to begin the registration process.
     
  13. Will Y Leap Academy operations be affected by the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order or phases of re-opening?
    The Safe Start plan for reopening Washington State does not address child care or school-year programs. Child care has remained open and may continue to operate. 

    The Washington Department of Health states that families who are able to safely keep their children and youth home should continue to do so, but understands that this is not always possible. This becomes more relevant especially as communities move through phases and more sectors come on line.
     
  14. Who can I contact with registration questions?
    Please email us at registration@seattleymca.org or call us at 206-382-4927. Our registration team is available between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. 
     
  15. How will staff support learning?
    We expect our Y staff instructors will be there to support the kids' ability to get online and participate in their teacher’s classroom and instruction, and help with questions. We are also coordinating support and developing strategies and techniques in each district for students that may struggle with the online learning. Our SCALED Learning™ Curriculum helps guide our staff as informal educators to engage kids in project-based learning, and support homework and assigned out of classroom learning in a typical year. We will be learning alongside of the school districts, families, and kids but strive to support each child and their unique learning.  
     
  16. Should I send a lunch with my child?
    Most school districts are providing lunch to children enrolled in Y LEAP Academy. If your district does not provide lunch, we will notify you separately. Please do not send candy, gum or soda with your child. Refrigeration or a microwave for lunches are not available, so please do not send foods that may spoil or require reheating.

    The Y will provide a morning and afternoon snack.

    To help the Y create a safe environment for children with life-threatening nut allergies, you may be asked to refrain from sending your child with food containing peanut butter or other nuts and/or other foods manufactured in a plant that processes nuts. If you have any questions, please speak with the Program Director. 
     
  17. What should I send with my child each day?
    Please send a laptop computer or tablet for virtual learning, headphones, a face covering, a water bottle, and weather-appropriate clothes for outdoor play. 
     
  18. As schools move to a hybrid learning model, what is the plan for Y LEAP Academy?
    We are working closely with school districts to plan for the next phase of reopening.  As soon as we have a final plan for Y LEAP Academy, we will share with families currently enrolled.
     
  19. Will I have priority for programs when school is back to normal?
    We are unable to promise a space in a program in either the hybrid or 100% in-person programs based on many factors including space and confirmation from school districts.  If you are enrolled in Y LEAP Academy, you will receive the first communication and a priority registration window for any upcoming programs.
     
  20. When will registration open for 2021-22 before and after school programs? 
    Our teams are currently focused on working with school districts to support families as kids transition from distance to in-person models. Please sign up on our interest list to stay up to date as we transition to fall planning. 
     
  21. When will registration open for summer day camp?
    Summer Day Camp registration is open now! Find your camp here.
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