YMCA PVCC NEWS RELEASE
PVCC to Offer Discounted Child Care Services for Students and Employees Through Piedmont Family YMCA
Aug. 31, 2012
Charlottesville, Va. – Piedmont Virginia Community College and Piedmont Family YMCA announced an agreement today in which the YMCA will provide discounted full-time preschool care and after-hours child care for PVCC employees and students who attend classes on the College’s main campus and off-campus locations.
The child care will be available at the renovated Jefferson School, 233 Fourth Street NW, in downtown Charlottesville, where both PVCC and the YMCA will be tenants when the renovated facility opens later this year as the Jefferson School City Center (JSCC).
“Offering our students and employees affordable child-care services has been a strategic priority at PVCC for some time,” commented PVCC President Frank Friedman. “Access to reasonably priced child care can mean the difference between completing a college degree or certificate or not attending college. That access barrier is now removed, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be removing it through a partnership with the YMCA.”
Denny Blank, CEO of the Piedmont Family YMCA, added: “We are delighted to be able to work with PVCC, our neighbors both in the community and at the Jefferson School, to provide collaborative child-care services for students and employees alike. We have long enjoyed an outstanding working relationship with PVCC, and look forward to working with them under this new arrangement, which we feel benefits both institutions.”
According to its Web site, the YMCA is the nation’s largest provider of child care. Its programs focus on character education. PVCC child-care services through the YMCA’s new Intergenerational Child Care Program are slated to begin Monday, Dec. 3. The new YMCA facility at the JSCC includes five classrooms and indoor and outdoor play areas.
Full-time care for children of PVCC students and employees will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for children ages six weeks through prekindergarten. PVCC students and employees will receive a 20 percent discount on rates. The College has reserved 20 slots.
Students and employees also will have access to an hourly Child Watch Program during evening hours of 6 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, which coincides with evening classes at PVCC. Saturday hours may become available as needed. The PVCC discounted cost is $5 hourly per child – a savings of $3 per hour. The College is guaranteed 10 slots each hour and may underwrite the cost of unreserved slots in order to ensure availability of services.
PVCC students and employees must register their children for full-time care no later than Dec. 15 for the College’s spring semester, which begins Jan. 14, 2013. For the hourly Child Watch Program, children must be registered at least one week before PVCC spring classes begin on Jan. 14.
For the fall 2013 semester which begins Aug. 26, 2013, the deadline is Aug. 1 to register children for full-time care and Aug. 19 for hourly care.
YMCA application forms and more information are available by calling 434.974.9622 or visiting piedmontymca.org and selecting “The Y at Jefferson.”