After School Care Program

After School Care Program

What are YMCA After School Care Programs?

They are designed to be a help to families and a benefit to children by providing a safe, fun environment after school.

The YMCA provides quality after school programming to enhance the school day and give kids the extra advantage they need for a healthier, happier life. 


There are four primary areas of focus for the program:

  • Spirit: The YMCA is committed to helping kids develop positive personal values. Y-After School uses the 40 developmental asset framework created by the Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN. They identified 40 factors (assets) that help kids build social skills, develop stronger character and make good life decisions. The YMCA is intentional about building assets in youth through programs and activities.
  • Mind: Today's families are busier than ever. Adult homework supervision helps kids get work done before sports practices or other activities while the information is still fresh. Each child has an opportunity to work on their homework, school assignments or read for 30 minutes each day. Teachers can send homework assignments to the YMCA counselors so that we are aware of each child's responsibilities. 
  • Body: CATCH Kid's Club incorporates simple wellness basics with fundmental education on eating smart and choosing fitness as a lifestyle. Jump rope, walking, running, sports activities and fitness games are some of the activities we use to teach fitness. Activities are always age appropriate and last 30 minutes.
  • Focus on fun: We encourage free play under the supervision of our counselors. Free play allows children to develop social skills, relationships and build their self-confidence. Free play lasts approximately 30 minutes and can include organized games, playground time or just hanging out with friends.

What does a sample YMCA After School Care schedule look like?

  Age 5 – 8 Ages 9 & Above
30 Minutes Role Call Free Time Role, Snack, Homework*
30 Minutes Snack, Crafts, Reading Free Time
30 Minutes Fitness & Games Fitness & Games
30 Minutes 5 – 8 Free Time Free Time

*Additional homework time can be added during free time provided the parents and students have informed the counselors of their need for this additional time.

Find A YMCA After School Care Program Near You:

Cleveland Family YMCA
North Georgia Community YMCA

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