Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) partners with Special Olympics Maryland to provide the Young Athletes At-Home Program (YAP), introducing children ages 2 to 7 to basic sports skills like running, kicking and throwing.
The program is typically offered to children in special populations with and without intellectual disabilities who are in prekindergarten and enrolled in early intervention programs. This year, CCPS is offering the virtual program to all young children and their families who want to improve gross motor movement and skill development. The skills are instrumental to early childhood physical development.
The Young Athletes At-Home Program blends sports and play with self-paced 6-week guided lesson plan that help families track a child’s progress. “The Young Athletes At-Home Program focuses on balance, hopping, jumping, tossing and catching. Each of these gross motor skills are instrumental to early childhood physical development,” Michelle Ignaszewski, adapted physical education resource teacher and a Young Athletes Program coordinator, said.
Families can show their interest and request equipment needed for participation by filling out a form at https://tinyurl.com/y2zb636a. The first of two six-week, self-paced programs is set for Jan. 18 to Feb. 22. The second session is April 12 to May 17.
Families looking for activities to do now can attend Zoom sessions — known as YAPpy Hour — on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://virtualsomd.com/young-athletes-at-home/. The sessions promote movement activities as well as social and emotional literacy skills. A playlist of past YAPpy Hours can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y39bzotq.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.
CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).