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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Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Kindergarten Enrichment and outdoor activities. Miss Sarah is great with my son, and he definitely gets to practice what he learns in class.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - NEWPORT-MESA FAMILY YMCA

Devonte Boos - Afterschool Care

   
 

What the Y means to me is safety, helping, giving, and caring. The Y to me is like a family. They provide food, help with homework if you need it and they have stuff that you can play with. When I come to the Y it's like I'm, at home but I'm really not at home. They will help you when someone bothers you. At the Y you can make friends easily. They have Y Arts and Craft projects and books. If you get hurt they will help you. Sometimes they will put on movies. They also give you extra stuff like Root Beer floats and etc. And if your parents can watch and if you don't like your baby sister you can come here but if you like them you don't have to come. The Y means a lot to me because if there wasn't the Y and a bully is coming at you you can run inside that what the Y means to me.

Devonte Boos
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Jocelyn Ho - PETERSON FAMILY YMCA

   
 

The Philosopher John Locke once wrote, "Education begins the gentleman (child), but reading, good company and reflection must finish him." In honor of this famous quote, we want to share that Eader & Peterson YMCA programs have been instrumental in the growth of our daughter, Jocelyn. Each program has helped take her to another level of social development that we feel would not have happened if she had not been involved in these outstanding and well run programs. The leadership and staff at each location are warm, caring and truly help the children become better people. The YMCA teaches and supplements many of the missing elements that are lacking in today's educational curriculum, such as art, physical fitness, cooking, and a deeper understanding of science and discovery. All of these areas are vital in helping the children reach their potential. In addition, the YMCA is an affordable child care solution for the dual-income family. It is money well spent and the staff certainly gives a family their money's worth in love and attention to the kids. We wish to extend a personal thank you to Tomia Hicks and her team for making Jocelyn feel welcomed and appreciated at Peterson after her transfer from Eader.

Jocelyn Ho
PETERSON 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

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

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - SEACLIFF FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My child loves Seacliff YMCA. She participates in Friday Fun nights, loves all activities like Track and Field and outside play time. She doesnít mind doing homework when asked and loves going in the morning on days when I have to go to work early. She has about 6 friends she now sees outside of school because of the YMCA. The teachers always correct a child in the most constructive way. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact we have a bathroom inside the bldg!!!!! My daughter often brushes her teeth at the Y when we have a really rushed morning. She also changes for dance class when I pick her up in the afternoon. LOVE Ms. Theresa!!!!! Such a great attitude!!!!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

All four of my children have gone to this center and I love the staff. Melissa and Corrina have been the best counselers to my girls! They love Ms. Penny and and they will miss her. I know my girls are in safe hands when I leave them there in the morning until I pick them up after school. Thank you...great job. What would I do without you and your great staff!

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

Mr and Mrs Duellia - MARINERS FAMILY YMCA

   
 

My son would come home do his homework, play, eat dinner and go to sleep. This all was a routine for awhile. We would assist him with his homework, play with him and give him all the attention he needed, but there was something missing. Being the only son is not easy. I heard about the YMCA from a parent at Mariners who told me about the great staff assistance and plans for the kids that were provided. I encouraged my son to attend out of curiosity, and a week into the program there was a sparkle in his eyes that was missing. I finally realized that he needed that companionship that only friendship can deliver. He would get sad when he left, but excited for what tomorrow will bring. He now goes to middle school with his YMCA friends, so I'm glad I decided to enroll him and thank you to all the teachers and everyone at the YMCA for your help!!!

Mr. and Mrs. Duellia
MARINERS FAMILY YMCA

Kyle - CONCORDIA FAMILY YMCA

   
 

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.

Kyle
CONCORDIA FAMILY YMCA

Anonymous - AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

Our children love/loved being at the Moffett YMCA. We know that the Moffett YMCA has had a huge, positive impact on our children's young lives. Thank you for 8 wonderful years of kindness, caring, guidance and fun.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA