FAQ

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Ages 2 - 6

What is the mission of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA Preschool Day Camp?

The KBY Preschool Day Camp serves to provide a friendly, warm and secure atmosphere designed to meet the needs of each child and foster individual growth and creativity within a group setting.

What ages are accepted to the Preschool Day Camp?

The preschool day camp accepts children who have turned 2 by the start of the program through age 6.  

What is the schedule for Preschool summer camp 2017?

The camp will begin on June 26, 2017, and will meet daily, Monday through Friday, until August 18, 2017.  Please note that we are closed on July 4th in celebration of Independence Day.

How are the groups arranged and what is the staffing?

The children are grouped by age. The youngest campers are 2 – 3 ½ years old, the next group is 3 ½ - 4 ½ years old, and the oldest of the preschool campers are 5 - 6 years old. The groups are staffed by the highly experienced and mature teachers, assistant teachers and classroom aides that work with the preschool during the school year and they are assisted by counselors. Every member of our professional staff has been fingerprinted by the NYC Dept of Investigation and screened by the NY State Central Registry for Child Abuse. We have a ratio in the summer of no less than 1 adult for every 4 children for the younger campers and 1 adult for every 5 children for the older campers.

Do the children go swimming?

All of the children enjoy sprinklers and water play in the yard twice a day. Those children who will turn 4 years of age by the end of August will have instructional swim in the Y’s indoor pool at least 2 times per week.

Are meals included?

The children receive a light breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks. Lunch is delivered daily from our caterer and follows all Glatt Kosher dietary laws.  We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, sponsored by the USDA and administered by the NYS Dept of Health. Our meals are in full compliance with USDA nutritional standards.

What activities does the camp offer?

The preschool children enjoy arts & crafts, music & dance, water play, toys and games, literature, movement activities and our beautiful play yard. The staff plans activities to enhance the children’s experience and to encourage their creativity and social growth.

Are there any trips?

In the interest of the safety of the children, the preschool day camp does not take the children on any off-premises trips.

What does my child need to bring to camp?

The children need the following every day (rain or shine): two bathing suits (wear one and bring one), two towels, water shoes (no thongs or flip flops), underwear, sweatshirt, change of clothing, hat, sunscreen. The children who will be participating in instructional swim in the big pool will need a bathing cap. Those children who are not toilet-trained will also need diapers and wipes. All of the children need a small blanket and sheet for rest time.

What are the payment arrangements?

A deposit of $200 is required upon registration. The balance is due by June 1st. All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the program.

How do I register for camp?

Please contact Susan Kaminsky at 718-648-7703 ext 211 or by e-mail at info@kingsbayy.org.  We encourage you to make an appointment to see our facility and to have any additional questions answered personally. Our applications are also available online and in the main office at the “Y”. An application is needed for each child accompanied by the required deposit. A Dept of Health medical form completed by the child’s pediatrician is necessary before the start of the program.  We will also need a copy of the child’s birth certificate, a completed emergency contact form, and a completed Income Eligibility Form (required by the NYS DOH for our participation in the aforementioned food program).