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North Shore Community College (NSCC) and the Demakes Family YMCA in Lynn are partnering to offer NSCC students free opportunities to advance their studies by offering quiet study space and drop-in child care.

As part of a pilot, NSCC will fund slots for students to access:

  • 2-hours per day of drop-in childcare to study and/or complete remote/virtual coursework in designated, quiet study spaces.
  • Sports and recreational classes with childcare coverage.
  • Use of all YMCA facilities, including the fitness center, aquatics center, aerobic studios, and gymnasium in Lynn, Peabody, Saugus, and Melrose.
  • Access to nutritional and wellness programming for students and their children. 

“During the pandemic, we learned that it was very difficult for some of our students to learn virtually due to lack of appropriate quiet study spaces at their homes or childcare demands. We are very excited that the YMCA is willing to work with the college to try this solution and hope it will prove very beneficial to our students,” said NSCC President Dr. William Heineman.

“I know many of us recognize how difficult it can be to raise a family, work full time, and make time to advance your education and career,” says Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro North, the parent association of the Demakes Family YMCA in Lynn. “We are doing everything we can to make the Y a resource for working families, and be a community partner to institutions like North Shore Community College that share our commitment to advance health equity by offering greater access to health and wellness facilities.

For more information contact rap_experience@northshore.edu to set up a meeting with a NSCC Success Coach to determine eligibility and plan childcare and health and wellness activities around academic and work schedules.

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