Talking to Kids About COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Talking to Kids About COVID-19 Kids are curious, and you may be surprised to find they have lots of smart questions about COVID-19. With a high level of panic out in the world, it’s more important than ever to truthfully answer children’s questions while filtering out points of unneeded anxiety. Here are some tips to

Learning for Pre-Schoolers

March 24, 2020

Learning for Pre-Schoolers Is your child missing school? Or are you looking for more activities to keep them engaged at home? You’re in luck! Kathleen Rutledge, the Coordinator of our Learning Ladder Center, has compiled a list of activities that align with the Creative Curriculum! Social-Emotional Development Discuss photos of people showing various emotions. Encourage

Online Education Resources

March 20, 2020

Online Education Resources Distance learning is difficult — both for parents and for students. We want to make it a little bit easier on both of you! To help get you through each week, we’ve compiled a list of resources for your family to utilize during this tough time (and maybe even after)!  

Virtual Read and Write-alongs for Children

March 20, 2020

Virtual Read and Write-alongs for Children Grades K – 5 Distance learning can be difficult for younger (and even older) children! To help, we’ve compiled a list of live and archived sessions to keep your children entertained while they learn!   Live Sessions: Tara Lazar — Every day at 12 PM Peter H. Reynolds —

Emergency Childcare

March 19, 2020

Emergency Childcare Services During these unprecedented times, the Capital District YMCA is responding to the critical need for childcare services for essential workers. We have extended care to cover “essential” workers. In addition to licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, there are many other “essential” workers. For the

School Districts Provide Free Meals During Closure

March 17, 2020

School Districts Provide Free Meals During Closure With all the schools closed through the end of March, school districts in the Capital Region are rallying together to provide free meals to students during the closure. Below is the information for many school districts in the area that are here to help: Albany County Albany School

Virtual Workouts

March 17, 2020

Virtual Workouts All Capital District YMCA branches are temporarily closed. Though it’s not always possible to work out together in person, we’ve still got you covered! We have three sites to help you reach your fitness goals from the comfort and safety of your own home. There’s a little something for everyone here! Capital District

Resources and Support

March 13, 2020

All YMCA branches are temporarily closed. Due to the statewide mandate to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Y branches, offices, and clinics are temporarily closed. We are quickly responding to this change and will provide details on our website, and via email, as the situation continues to evolve. Resources and Support Childcare for Essential Workers

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

March 10, 2020

Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Your safety is our priority. As we monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Capital Region, we want to keep you up to date on what the Y is doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community and what you can do to protect yourself and

7 Ways to Give Your Brain a Workout

February 21, 2020

Brain health is equally as important as physical health. Take time out of your daily routine to give your brain a workout. Exercising your brain can improve your memory, focus, and boost your overall mood. Here are a few things you can do to make your mind sweat: Take a Cooking Class Your brain is