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Arroyo Vista Family YMCA Before and Afterschool Child Care Center

At the Arroyo Vista Family Y, we care for kids!  YMCA After School Programs provide a safe, structured, and fun environment for children between the ages of 5 and 12 – right on school campus. YMCA After School meets all of your needs by providing safety, homework support, recreation, and enrichment for your child before and after school. Arroyo Vista Family YMCA in Rancho Santa Margarita offers year-round, licensed child care including full-day summer camps and full daycare during school holidays (spring break, winter break, holiday break.)



23371 Arroyo Vista
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 589-8502
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6:45am-6:00pm M-F



Arroyo Vista Offerings

Year Round Programs
Winter Day Camp Weekly Activity Calendar

Science, Art, Smoothies, Cooking, Newspaper, Minute to Win it, Comic Book, Ooey-Gooey, Color your Own and K.I.C.C. (Kids in Charge of their Community). Our KICC team participates in planning our monthly snack calendars, planning our weekly lessons, selecting enrichment clubs, and more! Our KICC council meets and relays information to their grade-level groups about service learning projects, upcoming events, and Parent’s Night out events.

Service Learning/Family Involvement

Back to School Night, Parent’s Night Out (every other month), Kindergarten Plus Literacy Night, Kindergarten Plus Year-end Celebration, CARES Backpack Drive, Essentials Drive, Box of Love Project, Second Harvest Food Bank, YMCA Annual Campaign.

Meet Jose

Jose TabarezHi, my name is Jose Tabarez and I started working for the Y in summer of 2010.. More

cc_quote_start2  The Y staff know the kids so very well and I genuinely trust their judgement… cc_quote_end2

-Arroyo Vista YMCA Parent

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Read about our Service Learning Projects

C.A.R.E.S Backpack Drive: in collaboration with CARES, we collect new backpacks and school supplies to help kids start the school year off right. CARES is a YMCA program offering Christian Assistance Resources Education & Services to staff, members and communities.

Essentials Drive: collect essential items for homeless infants and toddlers, and help raise awareness to support homeless families.

Box of Love Project: each year we adopt local families in our area to provide food for Thanksgiving.  We collect canned and boxed foods, as well as grocery store gift cards and hand-deliver to the recipient families.

YMCA Annual Campaign:our childcare site supports the YMCA’s annual campaign by participating in the Fill it with $50 program.  Through community education, we encourage our students to do good deeds for their friends, families, and neighbors to earn donations and try to collect $50 for campaign.

Read about the Director, Jose Tabarez

Hi, my name is Jose Tabarez and I have a B.S. degree in Liberal Studies at the San Diego State University and I have been attending Saddleback College to learn sign language. I love going to school and learning new things. I started working for the Y in summer of 2010 as an assistant. I worked for the Y during summer camps for about three years before I started working for ASES (Afterschool Education and Safety Program); program for which I became the director. My focus was the academic aspect of the program to ensure the academic success of every child. Although my goal in life is to one day become a professor at a four-year institution, my desire to work with elementary school grows each second I get to spend with my kids here at the Y. Who knows, maybe I will become an elementary teacher at some point!

My hobbies include spending time at home with my family. I love watching TV, going to the movies, reading, and most importantly, eating and traveling!

Read Parent's Testimonies

“The staff are amazing and not only wonderful with the kids, but great with the adults.  They *know* these kids so very well and I genuinely trust their judgment more than I trust my son’s regular school teacher.  The kids trust and respect the staff and it shows.” – Mission Viejo YMCA Parent

“I have been incredibly happy with the YMCA staff at Arroyo Vista.  It has truly been an amazing experience for my child who is doing the K+ Program.  She even tells her sister that she loves it and she should go.” – Mission Viejo YMCA Parent

“I decided to pick my daughter up at the Y earlier than normal one afternoon.  When we got outside she scolded me for coming so early and said, ‘Mommy I wanted to stay and play!’  It made me feel good about the program and reaffirmed how much she likes the Y.” – Mission Viejo YMCA Parent

“We put our daughter in the YMCA program at her new school the summer before she started Kindergarten because we wanted her to start making friends so the transition would be easier. She met her best friend that summer and they are still best friends. When we have her birthday party each year and ask who she wants to invite it’s always kids from the Y. She has developed so many great friendships there. I often hear that she doesn’t want to go to school, but she always wants to go to the Y. She doesn’t want to miss any of the fun, and wants to see her friends at her favorite place, the YMCA.” – Arroyo Vista YMCA Parent

“As a Y kid myself, I was excited to have the opportunity for my son to be one as well! He really loves going to K Plus at Arroyo Vista with his classmates. He has learned camp songs, new games, loves “leveling up” and can’t wait to play his part in Literacy Night. We are so lucky to have the Y right here on campus..” – Arroyo Vista YMCA Parent

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