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Austin, TX 09/09/19 • PB PRbullhorn.com • 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
• 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.
“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.”
Through this alliance, children and families will benefit by having access to:
• A high-quality curriculum, low ratios, healthy snack, homework assistance, organized
activities, and regulatory compliance
• A broad range of YMCA programs such as swim lessons, youth sports, enrichment and
family programs
• Opportunities for discounts on childcare and programs through Y membership
The merger is anticipated to be finalized in January of 2020. Given the size and scope of the
combined operations, integrating programs and administration will take place in a phased
approach over the next 12 months. With Altobelli assuming new and broader
responsibilities, former EAC Operations Director Jaime Garcia will take over as Executive
Director of the Extend-A-Care YMCA branch.
“Our volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth transition and positive
outcomes for all stakeholders,” Garcia said. “Their vision, dedication and energy never
cease to amaze me.”
All finance, IT, human resources, facilities, information systems, marketing &
communications and development will merge and operate under the YMCA umbrella,
resulting in increased efficiency and effectiveness. The full organizational chart is currently
being determined, and while some job titles or duties may change within departments, no
employees will be laid off, and all salaries and benefits will be maintained.
Extend-A-Care has nearly 350 employees, a 2019 budget of $9 million, owns an
administrative office building located at 55 N. IH-35 and multiple vehicles. The YMCA of
Austin has more than 1,500 employees, a 2019 budget of $30 million, and serves 100,000
members and 30,000 program participants annually in Travis, Hays and Bastrop Counties
through nine branches. The Program Services YMCA, which has overseen Y child care, will
be integrated into the Extend-A-Care YMCA.
The combined organization creates a more stable environment for families needing child
care. OST programs like afterschool child care and summer day camp result in many
benefits to the community and child.
According to recent studies by the Harvard Family Research Project and The Rand
Corporation, OST programs help:
• Close the achievement gap by providing learning opportunity for more children;
• Increase academic performance, attendance, and improve behavior;
• Foster positive relationships between program participants and staff;
• Build positive relationships among program participants;
• Offer a blend of academic and developmental skill-building activities;
• Promote high levels of student engagement;
• Provide appropriate levels of structure as well as opportunities for autonomy and
choice, better decision-making skills, and improved work habits.
Furthermore, children in OST programs have higher graduation rates, lower crime rates in
the community and reduced crime and welfare cost.

About YMCA of Austin   

The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that has served the Austin community since 1953
(nationally since 1851), providing health and wellness, aquatics, youth sports, day camp,
childcare, youth leadership and family enrichment opportunities for more than 100,000
members and 30,000 program participants annually. More information on the YMCA of
Austin is available at www.austinymca.org.


Sean Doles
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