Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here is the weekly Top 10 for Chattanooga YFD.  Many centers offer numerous ongoing activities and events.  Below is just a highlight of the events this week.  Visit for more.

#1  Center/Facility Hours for New Years Day
All YFD Centers, Child Care, Administration, Fitness Center, etc. will close for New Years Day. Each location will return to regular hours on Thursday.  YFD Centers will remain open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. through Winter School Break.  Remember, every location offers after school homework help, reading programs and more. Several locations offer free fitness classes and more. Complete list can be found here.

#2   Everybody Needs One Pep Talk Radio Show
Every Monday, 7-8 p.m. on Groove Radio FM 93.5. All Pep Talk episodes are available for download here.  Next week features the Chattanooga Housing Authority, which is providing programs for the citizens of Chattanooga.  

#3  2014 Fitness Schedule
Dozens of free and low cost classes for adults and seniors. Chattanooga Youth & Family offers a large number of fitness classes for all ages and abilities.  In the 2014 Fitness Brochure, find information on line dancing, Zumba, adult and senior aerobics, water fitness and information on the Chattanooga Fitness Center. See the brochure here

#4  2014 Aquatics Schedule 
Check out the schedule of low cost water aerobics classes, open swim, swim lessons, and much more. The pools are located at Brainerd Complex, South Chattanooga Complex, and the North River YMCA (Chattanooga receive a discount to swim at North River YMCA). To view or download the schedule click here

#5  Learn to Swim Pre-K to Adults 
Registration begins Thursday and next week.  Cost is $34 for eight half hour lessons. This Thursday, registration for upcoming swim lessons will begin, with actual class dates starting Saturday Jan. 13, at South Chattanooga Complex and Jan. 18 at Brainerd Complex. Classes are held by age group. Register quickly, space is limited. Stroke classes available as well. Call Peggy at 697-1385 or for more information or click here

#6  Middle School and High School Blacklight Dodgeball Tourney
At Hixson Youth and Family Development Center, 5600 School Dr., Saturday night, Jan. 25. Teams are free to play, but must register by calling 490-9289. or by registering here

#7  List of All Ongoing Activities Updated 
The 17 centers are always active.  New for 2014, the list of activities, and offerings can be found at To see all the centers, click here. Each YFD center offers a variety of activities from homework help, open gym, and adult programs.  Click on the "ongoing activities" button for more information. Each center is also available for rentals, parties, and volunteer opportunities.  

#8  Brainerd Complex has a New Number
The new Brainerd Complex number is 643-6220.  The number has changed, but plenty of great things continue at Brainerd. Lexia reading program, after school homework help, line dancing, water fitness, quilting, and the list goes on. Click here for a few of their ongoing activities...but stop by, special events are always happening.

#9   Wrap Around Services Available
Energy Assistance, Child Care, Head Start, Commodities and more.   We understand struggles in life. We understand how hard it can be to get back on your feet. We are here to help. If you or someone you know could benefit from our commodities distribution, or our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, let us know. Call 757-5541 for more information.  The Child Care Facility is always accepting applications.  The 3-Star accredited program is perfect for any child. Call 757-0953.   The Head Start Services are available in over a dozen locations across Chattanooga. The program serves children 6 weeks to 4 years of age. Head Start strives to help all children succeed. For more information, call 493-9256. 

#10   Free Literacy Programs at a Local YFD Center
Featuring Lexia Technology Based Learning.  Lexia provides explicit, personalized learning on foundational reading skills for students of all abilities, and delivers performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction. This research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students' year-end performance and provides facility managers and our education coordinator, data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction.  Sign a child up for daily after school learning at these centers:  Avondale, Brainerd, Carver, Eastdale, Eastlake, East Chattanooga, Hixson, North Chattanooga, South Chattanooga, Washington Hills and Westside Centers. Or call 643-6096.

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