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YMCA & Extend-A-Care Come Together to Benefit Area Families

YMCA Afterschool Care
09/09/2019 - 8:00am

The Boards of Directors of Extend-A-Care for Kids (EAC) and the YMCA of Austin have voted to create a strategic alliance that will combine the licensed pre-school, afterschool and camp operations of both organizations to create the new Extend-A-Care YMCA branch.

After working side by side to provide child care to Austin-area families for more than 30 years, YMCA and EAC leadership teams became aware of the enhanced programming and operational benefits that could be realized through a strategic alliance. Simply put, by coming together, these mission-driven nonprofit organizations will create an unparalleled range of benefits for the entire community.

“The landscape for child care and out-of-school time (OST) programming is changing in our community,” said Joan Altobelli, PhD, newly named YMCA Vice President of Licensed Child Care Services, “and our organizations need to evolve in order to deliver more comprehensive services and better address the spectrum needs for Austin-area families.”

Through terms of the agreement, Extend-A-Care’s assets and liabilities will transfer to the YMCA of Austin. Specific guidelines have been put in place in the agreement between organizations to protect and use EAC long-term investments for specific child care-based needs approved by original EAC Board members.

The new Extend-A-Care YMCA will:

  • Increase the number of children served and the number of families eligible for financial assistance;
  • Enhance the quality of child care and provide  broader and more enriching programming;
  • Provide more robust training and better career opportunities for employees;
  • Advocate more effectively for children and families at local, state and federal level;
  • Preserve the provision of affordable, high quality afterschool and daycare programs for the future of our community.

“We hope to create a national model that others around the country can emulate,” said James Finck, YMCA of Austin President and CEO. “We are better together and, more importantly, the kids and families we serve are better off because of our partnership.”

The Extend-A-Care YMCA branch will offer licensed afterschool child care for more than 5,000 students at more than 100 schools in 10 area districts and charter schools, day camps for more than 3,500 kids at more than 30 area locations, plus preschool and infant care. In 2018, the Y and EAC collectively provided more than $3 million in financial assistance to families. Watch this video to learn more or read our press release.

“The YMCA of Austin and Extend-A-Care are both strong, well-respected and fiscally responsible organizations with healthy operational budgets and deep historical roots,” Altobelli said. “This alliance represents an opportunity to broaden and deepen our collective impact on the community.”