Partners in change

This past spring, the YMCA of Delaware, the Charter School of New Castle and New Castle County joined forces to announce the launch of an innovative partnership to provide enrichment activities and learning opportunities for 150 youth starting this summer. The $2 million aggregate grant is the largest programming grant received in the history of New Castle County.

The partnership with the Charter School of New Castle established a year-round program including a full day summer session and after-school programming during the academic year.

During the summer, 150 elementary and middle school students from the Charter School of New Castle will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7-week full day program structured to help combat summer learning loss.
Math and language arts instruction, STEM education, reading and literacy support and character development programming will be offered at the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center. Additionally, students will participate in recreational and character development activities at the Bear-Glasgow and Western YMCA summer day camps.

“Summer day camp at theY is a fun and unique experience that every child should have an opportunity to enjoy,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, President, and CEO of the YMCA of Delaware. “Because of our partnership, we will be able to provide more access to recreational and educational activities to keep kids active and healthy all summer long. Summer camp is the perfect place to combat summer learning loss and childhood obesity while children explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create lasting memories.”


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