AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
For the past 25+ years YDC has operated a first-in-class after school reading and math remediation program for grades1 - 6.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
A TYPICAL DAY AT YDC
Each afternoon starting around 3PM, the YDC buses pick up students at our partnering schools and transport them to the YDC campus. Students are welcomed and seated in our dining hall for a hot, nutritious meal. At 4PM, students move to their classes to begin their after school instruction.
FIRST + SECOND GRADE
Students move to their traditional classroom for 75 minutes of instruction. They participate in an engaging curriculum designed to:
Encourage them to become independent readers
Reinforce their beginning knowledge of math fundamentals
Introduce them to technology-based learning
Assist with their homework.
THIRD - SIXTH GRADES
Students rotate daily through three 45 minute learning labs: the Literacy Lab, the Mathematics Lab, and the Assisted Tutorials Lab. All labs at YDC are under the direction of degreed and certified teachers.
LITERACY + MATH LABS
Technology-based labs to provide a customized learning approach for each student. The software programs in these labs are designed with multidimensional, therapeutic strategies to aid students in developing reading and math skills. If a student is experiencing severe difficulties in reading comprehension, the SRA Reading Comprehension Lab is available to improve this skill. In addition to the technology-based instruction, our teachers regularly engage our students in group and one-on-one tutorials.
ASSISTED TUTORIAL LABS
Two learning labs: Homework and Science. In the Homework Lab, students receive assistance with current assignments and research projects. Students without homework assignments attend the Science Lab. Students receive targeted assistance in developing science vocabulary knowledge through a technology-based program, hands-on experiments and group learning. Additionally, students can access on-line tutorials and use practice sheets to prepare for state-mandated assessment testing.
ENRICHMENT + CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Not only does YDC believe in helping our students achieve academic success, but YDC also believes in developing and nurturing the whole child. Through partnerships with other organizations and generous companies and foundations, YDC is able to provide enrichment activities, character development and other leadership opportunities for our students.
To curtail the loss of academic development and capitalize on the progress made at YDC during the school year, we offer a two-week summer enrichment program each July. The program is free of charge to our students and features age-appropriate leisure learning opportunities.
Transportation to and from the program day is provided for our students. The program is a six-hour learning adventure that begins at 9AM with a hot breakfast, includes a mid-morning snack and a hot lunch at noon.
During the program day, YDC’s staff of certified teachers and trained paraprofessionals lead students through an engaging instructional curriculum incorporating language arts, social studies, math, science, and the fine arts. Combined with the instructional content, students enjoy hands-on activities, experiments, learning projects, and weekly field trips.