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

Amy Trejo - SMITH FAMILY YMCA

   
 

I have always enjoyed working with children. I came to the Y with intentions to further my career working with children. Every day at the Y I learn new experiences and get to see a different side to kids out of a classroom setting. I have always been blessed to have the opportunity to work with an amazing and caring staff at Smith.

Amy Trejo
SMITH FAMILY YMCA

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
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Camryn Y - Camp

   
 

Camp is really special to me because it gives me a chance to relax and not worry about my appearance and think about how I can be a better friend. Camp has given me mories that will last to the end and will always make me smile. I have made many friends at camp and so many of them still come to camp with me so we can make moments of true friendship. Camp Oakes has so many activities I could never get bored of them. Camp means everything to me and it would mean the world to me me if others could enjoy this experience. Someday I hope to share my happiness with others and let them enjoy this amazing camp and keep it close to their hearts.

Camryn Y.
Camp & Afterschool Care

Katya - Afterschool Care

   
 

The YMCA is so fun. I'm talking about the middle school YMCA. We go to the beach and talk and do stuff. We are cool and we can have the Wii and Xbox 360. The leaders are the best because they listen to you. You can do projects, watch movies, play games and come up with funny stuff. I think the YMCA is so fun!!

Katya
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

Alan - AFTERSCHOOL CARE

   
 

I love the YMCA because they make me strong and they help me with my homework. We go on fieldtrips. My name is Alan Morales and I'm 8 years old, I've been in the YMCA for 2 years.

Alan
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

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

Nikki Ware - Afterschool Care

   
 

I always liked the YMCA because they are kind and there are a lot of friends that are kind and respect each other. The YMCA is a great place to do homework. Also you can go to field trips with friends. My name is Maury and I've been in this program for two years and four months.

Nikki Ware
AFTERSCHOOL CARE

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

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

   
 

The staff treats my child with care and love. They are patient and watch after her to my child.

Anonymous
AFTERSCHOOL CARE - HUNTINGTON BEACH FAMILY YMCA