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A Message to Parents from YMCA Vice President Shannon Matthews

As parents, we know that raising healthy, happy kids is probably the hardest, yet most rewarding job we’ll ever do. Unfortunately, finding quality, affordable child care – the kind that nurtures and cherishes our children the way we do – is often our second biggest challenge.

At the Y, we understand this. It’s why we’ve been partnering with Walt Disney World for more than a decade to provide cast member families with the specialized programs, extended-hour child care, and the wrap-around support they need and deserve.

Much more than simple daycare, the YMCA Early Childhood Development Programs at Sherberth and Lake Buena Vista represent the best of what research and common sense tell us what children need:  Healthy beginnings; consistent, positive interaction with caring adults; age-appropriate learning activities; and plenty of opportunities for fun and making new friends. 

Guided by educational experts, wellness specialists and a research-based curriculum, our Y programs focus on every aspect of childhood development.  From nurturing the cognitive and emotional needs of infants, to helping preschoolers develop literacy skills and healthy habits, the Y has it covered.

We also nurture families. In partnership with Heart of Florida United Way, we’re helping parents improve work-life balance, access preventative health and wellness services, and create healthier, happier homes.

At the Y, we’re here for you. And we’re honored to play such an important role in helping children learn, grown and thrive.

Shannon Matthews, MS
YMCA Vice President
Youth Development and Education