West Cook YMCA


In a time where learning loss and social-emotional detriments are prevalent, the Y strives to normalize the youth experience through a community where kids are welcome to be kids. The Y provides a curated experience for students to be themselves, feel a sense of belonging, reinforce and apply academic concepts, engage in social-emotional development activities, and build positive relationships that will help ensure the best experience possible for all children and families during this remote learning experience. Overall, the Y  serves the whole child; focused on the social emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each youth.   


important parent information


AGES SERVED: 1st-6th grade

PROGRAM DAYS: School days

Elementary School | 1st-4th Grade: 8:15am-3:30 pm

Middle School | 5th-6th Grade: 8:15 am-3:30 pm

LOCATION: Dominican University-Priory Campus |7200 Division St., River Forest, IL 60305 

MEALS PROVIDED: Participants will be required to bring their own nut-free lunch. Snack is provided for 5th-6th grade pods.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Children showing cold or flu like symptoms like coughing, runny noses, sneezing or above normal temperatures are not permitted into the program. To ensure safety, a health worker will screen each child before they enter the facility each day. This will include taking the child’s temperature and reviewing a basic health screen with each caregiver dropping off the child. If during the program, a child begins showing flu or cold like symptoms, staff will escort that child to a designated care center where they can be further assessed, under staff supervision and care until the parent can be notified. 


DROP OFF IS FROM 8:15 A.M. TO 8:45 A.M.
Parent will arrive at the Priory Campus located at 7900 W. Division Street, River Forest and proceed to drive around the circle and park on the west side of the south entrance. The parent/caregiver should walk toward to the South Entrance area to meet the Y staff member.

The Y staff member will validate the pickup by checking the picture ID and comparing the ID to the authorized pick-up list. If pick up person is cleared, the Y staff member will radio the team and one of the pod teachers will escort the child down to the south entrance.  
















Elementary School Blended Learning: Your child will actively participate in their remote learning specials. Students will have consistent support connecting and preparing for their learning experience and completing their school work. After your child's specials conclude, they will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of enrichment activities. 

Middle  School Blended Learning: Your child will be encouraged to actively participate in their remote learning. The environment will include support connecting to their correct class, preparing for their next learning experience, and completing their assignments. After school work is complete, they will be integrated into enrichment and social-emotional activities.  


Remote Learning: Providing a classroom atmosphere where learning and safety are possible

Social-Emotional Development: Focus on understanding and controlling feelings to build strong relationships

Enrichment: Engaging activities that focus on science, engineering, art, drama, and literacy

Gross Motor Activities: Physical activities that include sports, music and movement, and fitness

Go to work with a peace of mind knowing that your child will have fun while learning through our enrichment and remote learning support program in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of your child. They will be welcomed as an individual, where they are valued and recognized as a unique person, where they feel a sense of belonging, can make new friends, and achieve goals that will help them succeed at home, in school, and in life. 

Designed with your child’s health and safety in mind, the Y’s childcare program was developed in collaboration with a pediatric health and safety advisory committee consisting of doctors and nurses from Loyola Medicine and West Suburban Medical Center to ensure we have rigorous protocols in place that follow CDC and public health department guidelines. Our staff are experienced and trusted in providing childcare during COVID-19.

The Y is here for you in your time of need regardless of how the pandemic shifts.

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