YMCA Before & Afterschool Care

Find your Y Afterschool Program Location

Check out the Y Afterschool

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!

    Schedule a Tour
  • 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!

Afterschool Care Flyers by Branch

Capistrano Beach Cities Family YMCA
Huntington Beach Family YMCA
Laguna Niguel Family YMCA
Mission Viejo Family YMCA
Newport-Mesa Family YMCA
Santa Ana Family YMCA

Share this page through your favorite social sites:

Watch Annual Campaign Videos on YouTube

Afterschool Care YMCA Stories



The staff, the staff, the staff. Oh yeah, did I mention the staff! Jamie, Diana and the rest staff are FANTASTIC!!


Twilight Sparkle - Camp Oakes


Dear Princess Celestia, I have learned many valuable lessons in friendship here at Camp Oakes, but the most important one would be to always help your fellow ponies.

Every pony at camp acts like one big family, whether they are helping another, singing songs, playing games, or even having a snowball fight! This act of learning has also taught me to walking another pony's hooves. These lessons and the helpful ponies are enough to keep me coming back!

Twilight Sparkle
Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care



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.




We love the YMCA because our son is happy to go there and he said he has lots of fun:=) and we really appreciated how helpful and understanding Jamie Shelton is she always is very nice and friendly!


Cindy Mirsky - Summer Day Camp in 1968


From August 1967 to May 1968 it had been a huge struggle for me. About four years earlier, my father had been killed in an automobile accident leaving his wife at age 25 and four year old daughter with little money as my parents hadn't had enough money to buy life insurance. My mother was an attractive woman and within a relatively short time, she was dating and remarried. Our new happy family moved to Anaheim in August 1967 from Long Beach. But life in Anaheim was far different than the one I knew in Long Beach, where I had numerous friends and was involved in the student council. In Anaheim, I had no friends and forget even thinking about student council as it was enough to just get through the day at a new school with a new "dad" too. There must have been an advertisement at my elementary school about the Y-day Camp for the upcoming summer break. I remember I asked my parents if I could go, thinking they would say no, but to my surprise they said "yes" for one week. I have to say,that week in August 1968 was the best week of my entire summer. I had a blast and I made two friends, that later, when I was in Junior High and High school, attended the same school that I did. Our week at the Y-Day Camp became our common bond and even today, 44 years later, I am still friends with one of the girls I met at that summer day camp way back in 1968. I don't think my words convey how wonderful that week was for me. After having a year at school where I had been unsuccessful at making any friends and then having a week at the Y Day Camp and making two friends, it gave me the confidence to begin fifth grade with a new attitude and confidence that I would make new friends--and in fact, I did. I also have to say, because of my experience, I have always supported the Y. And when my children were young and needed after school care, I had no doubt the Y was the place for my kids to go for after-school care. The Y truly is a great place to learn new things and make new friends...and in some instances...even friends for a lifetime!p>

Cindy Mirsky
Summer Day Camp at the Y: The Year 1968

Tyler - Camp Oakes


Camp is one of my favorite places to go. Here are some of the many reasons why. First of all when you're up at camp you are able to express yourself without being judged. I like that you're able to dance and sing all you want. I have been able to learn so much about myself and make new friends. Camp Oakes is like my home away from home. Thank you for letting me visit it year after year. It's my favorite thing to do every summer and hopefully every winter now too.

Camp Oakes & Afterschool Care



The YMCA is awesome because we get to play games and make stuff! I love to play games at the YMCA, the yard is cool and I could stay there all day. I like playing the Wii and pool.




The STAFF!!! and Director!!! It is a home away from home for my children and I'm blessed with Jaime and her Staff. My kids are loved , respected and educated!


Mary - YMCA Employee - Afterschool Care


I have been with the "Y" for exactly 1 year now. It has been my second family. Although I commute almost 2 hours and fight horrible traffic every morning, I wake up in the morning looking forward to a new and challenging day at work. I love being the Assistant Director because I get the best of both worlds. It's a balance of administrative work and time with the kids which is why we are all here right?

Mary - YMCA Employee

Annalise Spanos - Camp


Camp is important to me because it is a chance to have fun and try new things. For example, although I am really scared of heights the high ropes were really fun to try and it is something I would have never done if it wasn't for camp. Also, I love making new friends and becoming closer with the ones I already knew. Camp is an opportunity to escape and forget about things at home. I love camp and I will never forget the great experiences I have there.

Annalise Spanos
Camp & Afterschool Care