YMCA Before & Afterschool Care

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At the Y, we care for kids! With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. YMCA Afterschool Programs provide a safe, structured, and fun environment for children between the ages of 5 and 12 - right on school campus. With several affordable care options, including financial assistance for qualifying families, YMCA Afterschool meets all of your needs by providing safety, homework support, recreation, and enrichment for your child before and after school. Our caring staff and well-rounded curriculum provide opportunities for your child to learn, grow, and thrive through participation in the arts, sports, and community service projects. At the Y, your child's CHARACTER COUNTS!™


Program Highlights

In a time when schools and families are cutting back to basics, your child, more than ever, needs the Y! Sports, homework support, exposure to the arts, technology and time to have fun with friends are just a few highlights of the YMCA Afterschool Program!

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  • New Club Curriculum
  • Qualified & Caring Staff
  • Financial Assistance Available
  • Character Development & Service Learning
  • Affordable, licensed child care programs on school campus
  • Inclusion support for children with special needs


Program Offerings

With several affordable care options, including financial assistance for qualifying families, YMCA Afterschool meets all of your needs. We provide over 50 licensed programs on elementary school campuses as well as several Teen Club locations throughout the county. 

  • Before and Afterschool Care (grades K-5)
  • Teen Club Before and Afterschool Care (grades 6-8)
  • School Break Care (full-day care during school breaks - no extra charge)
  • Kindergarten Plus
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Y Inclusion


Talk to your sites child care director for more info!


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Afterschool Care YMCA Stories

Delaine Anderson - Camp

   
 

Ever since I was old enough to understand things, my mom couldn't let my brother do things without me. From forcing my way into an all-boy's T-ball team when I was 5 or 6, to getting my way and having my mom tell the director I was my brother Garrett's twin, when I was a year younger we stayed together. Ever since I was enrolled in camp a year earlier, it changed my life. No longer can I focus on trivial things like, "Ew my hair looks bad!" or "oh my god, he doesn't like me!" Your eyes are open at camp to the fact that those things don't matter. Life is a lot bigger than cell phones or Facebook. Each person around you is so different that you can't afford to ignore them any longer. I'm 13 now, and for the 6 years I've gone to camp, 8 different times, no experience is ever the same. Every year I can feel myself becoming a better person because that's what camp does to you. I don't know whether it's the clear air or the good food, but camp does change you. It teaches you, if nothing else, to be yourself.

Delaine Anderson
Camp & Afterschool Care

Reece - Afterschool Care

   
 

My Y story is when I went to Knott's Berry Farm with the YMCA. It was super fun and I lost track of time and all the coasters were awesome and most of my friends were there.

Reece
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The teachers, the curriculum, the socializing aspect of it, and last but not least the fact that you are open almost every day of the year. Very helpful for working parents.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Everyone is welcoming. My son loves Sarah, SeTasha, Claudia, and Tristan. He asks everyday if he can stay late. If he didn't feel comfortable there, he wouldn't go.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son loves attending the Y. The staff is great and they follow the procedures. I feel at ease with my son being there. It is a safe environment. The summer program is really fun. So many great activities to break up a long day.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Our greatest exeperience so far was raising money for families who cant afford the YMCA. My child wanted to go door to door so she taped 2 corn cans together with blue duck tape and put flyers in one can and lollipops in the other. She begged me each day if we got home before it was dark to go knocking doors in our gated community. I HATED IT!!!!!! I stalled at every opportunity! I told her only 5 doors, then we were going home. Everyday she collected cash or check from our neighborhood and even got a $100. check from someone who was so impressed she had the courage to do this. If the home looked quiet or dark she would not knock because she didnt want to use up one of her 5 opportunities. By the end of the event she had raised over $200. more than any other child who was collecting donations on their own. She had built alot of character, pressentation skills, salesmanship and was so proud or herself and of course so was I.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - TRUMAN FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I was drawn to the Y for employment due to my own unstable home life. I wanted to have a positive impact on a child's life and make a difference. I fulfilled my goal daily by working in child care for the YMCA, and I'm glad to be that positive role model in a child's life.

Anonymous
TRUMAN FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The environment is very positive, safe and welcoming for my child. She enjoys her time at the Y. She also looks forward to the planned activities.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Carrie Ottalloran - MARINERS FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son needs a safe enrichment program for afterschool care; a place where he could learn, grow and have fun while mommy and daddy goes to work. The staff is great and I feel completely confident and at ease that my son is well cared for and instructed by energetic, caring and supportive individuals in a great organization that is also on his school's campus, which is even greater!!

Carrie Ottalloran
MARINERS FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I like that the staff's attitude is the same whether parents are present or not. I also like that when a problem arises the staff feel confident in how to address the issue.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA