PhtAquaSwimLessonsPre-K children whose families reside in Red Bank can have access to activities such as swim classes, under a newly expanded program at The Community YMCA.

Press release from The Community YMCA

The Community YMCA is expanding their Healthy Kids membership to include pre-kindergarten students. The healthy living initiative gives all Red Bank youth a special free membership and access to family activities at the Family Health and Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank.

The program provides opportunities for children to stay active and develop healthy habits by spending time at the Y. This marks the fourth year that this no-cost membership has been offered to all Red Bank  schoolchildren up to 8th grade.

“We have had much success with the Healthy Kids Membership for the last four years,” said Rhonda Anderson, The Community YMCA President and CEO.  “Expanding the program to include pre-k is a natural progression, one that I’m sure will help many families feel confident that their children are in a safe place where they can learn, grow and thrive,” she added.

Last year, over 250 kids from grades K-8 participated in the program, which includes open family gym and pool times, family dinner and movie nights, special blocks of fun activities, and supervised recreation. There are also a variety of classes that parents can enroll their children in at a special member fee.

“Having the Healthy Kids membership has been a huge help to my family,” said Jane Kleiman, parent of a 12 year-old and 5 year-old.  “It’s been a great financial advantage,” she added.

To sign up for this membership, Red Bank families may stop by the Y anytime with a copy of their child’s report card, progress report or placement letter. Parents must also bring their license or bill to serve as proof of address.

The Healthy Kids membership is one of many community initiatives the Y provides to help prevent childhood obesity and encourage families and children to make healthy lifestyle choices. The free youth membership is made possible thanks to the generosity of area donors who support the Y’s mission to serve all, regardless of age, income or background.

Anyone interested in supporting the Y’s youth development initiatives, such as the Healthy Kids membership, can learn more here. For more information on Healthy Kids membership, contact Terrell Wilson, Associate Membership Director, at (732)741-2504, ext. 35. Spanish speaking staff is available if needed.