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The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.

YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.

The program will include physical activities and academic enrichment, including individual tutoring and homework assistance, they said.

The after-school care previously provided by the YMCA at its East Main Street facility will be replaced by centers at Kit Carson, Kirksville and Silver Creek elementary schools, Wallace said.

School buses will transport students from other schools to one of the three after-school centers, according to Thomas.

Students attending Daniel Boone, Glenn Marshall, White Hall and Waco elementary schools will be bused to Kit Carson, along with students from the new Madison Kindergarten Academy at Mayfield.

Students from Kingston and Shannon Johnson elementary schools will be bused to Silver Creek.

A minimum of 10 students will be required for students to be bused from a school, Wallace said.

The cost to families with YMCA memberships and to county school employees will be $45 per week. The cost for others will be $55 per week.

Children will be provided healthful snacks each afternoon, Wallace said.

The YMCA organization is the nation’s largest provider of care for elementary-age children, Wallace said. And the local offering, to be known as the Primetime Afterschool Program, will use the YMCA methods that have been proven to boost students’ academic performance, he added.

Wallace, who took the helm at the Telford Y in May 2013, said programs at YMCA’s where he previously worked experienced similar success.

Parents and guardians will be responsible for picking up children by 6 p.m., he said. Fees will be charged for late pick ups.

The partnership is a new way for the YMCA to fulfill its mission of community service, Wallace said. Services provided in Berea and at Kirksville Elementary also represent YMCA outreach to the entire county, he noted.

Registration information is available at the YMCA, 1100 E. Main St., Richmond, or by calling 623-9356.

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