Dear Yocum Institute Families,
In keeping with the Governor's mandate and the timing of our schools' goals to reopen, the Yocum Institute will remain closed until April 30th. There will be no preschool classes, arts classes or private lessons taking place in the building during this time.
We understand that our families are seeking answers during this time of uncertainty. Please be assured that every decision that we make as an organization is in the best interest of our families. We are using every resource available to us to guide our decision making. Our staff and teachers are working diligently to come up with creative ways to continue to provide instruction and inspiration to our community online while we are closed. Please be sure to follow our website and social media accounts for posts to help keep our community connected to the creative process that is the core of our mission. All decisions will be reviewed weekly as things are constantly changing. Families will be notified of any and all changes.
As of today, March 30, we can provide the following updates:
Dance, ongoing theater and private music instruction are scheduled to begin the week of May 1st. No autopayments will be withdrawn until we have a confirmed start date and are able to communicate the timeline to families.
Our preschool and kindergarten will remain closed indefinitely due to the Governor's mandate for schools.
The dance department will be providing exciting virtual instruction classes that students can do from home beginning next week, March 30 and will run for the entire closure as we continue to work towards the spring recital. Families will continue to receive more information from Jen Caputo, our Dance Director so be sure to check your emails.
Martial Arts will resume instruction the week of May 1st. No autopayments will be withdrawn until we have a confirmed start date and are able to communicate the timeline to families.
Our Spring Session for visual arts, music and theater are tentatively rescheduled to begin the week of May 3rd and will be a condensed version of our original spring session of classes. Classes will take place for 5 weeks. Please note that some classes may change based on teacher and space availability. The schedule will be updated as will class offerings on our registration site. We will notify our families when registration reopens. Anyone who has already registered for spring classes will have the price adjusted to fit the new offerings.
At this time, summer camps have not changed and registration remains open.
We will continue to provide updates to families as we get them and as plans for a reopen move forward. Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time of uncertainty.
We educate, inspire, and shape our community through the arts. We help people of all ages be more creative and confident, which in turn improves health and quality of life. No other form of education or activity builds our mental, emotional, and social skills the same way—especially for kids.
Through partnerships with schools, colleges, universities, libraries, recreation centers, and other nonprofit organizations in Berks County, Institute programs impact over 20,000 people annually – truly helping to realize our vision of “making the arts make a difference.”