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Canyon Vista Family YMCA Before and Afterschool Child Care Center

At the Canyon 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. Canyon Vista Family YMCA in Aliso Viejo offers year-round, licensed child care including full-day summer camps and full daycare during school holidays (spring break, winter break, holiday break.)



27800 Oak View Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 831-1264
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6:45-6:00pm M-F



Canyon Vista Offerings

Year Round Programs
Winter Day Camp Weekly Activity Calendars

Cooking Club and K.I.C.C. (Kids in Charge of their Community). Our KICC team help plan our snack menu and researched curriculum projects each month.

Service Learning/Family Involvement

Family Cookie Exchange, Photo Booth Night, Fall Half Nighter, Winter Pajama Party, CARES Backpack Drive, Essentials Drive, Coastkeepers Beach Cleanup, School Supply Drive, Stockings for the Troops, Jacket January, Spread the Love February.

Meet Kaitlin

Hi, my name is Kaitlin Eckert. I have worked for the YMCA of Orange County since 2013. I originally started my YMCA career in San Diego in 2006 by running summer youth camps.

cc_quote_start2 My children love and respect their Y leaders and look forward to sharing experiences with them when they are at the after school program.cc_quote_end2

-Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

More Canyon Vista YMCA

Read about our Service Learning Projects

C.A.R.E.S Backpack Drive: We collect new backpacks and school supplies to help kids start the school year off right.

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

Other Service Learning Projects: Animal Rescue Project, Annual Food Drive for South County Outreach (SCO), Bathgate Campus Clean Up, Book Drive for Orangewood, Letters to the Troops, and Coat Drive for Burlington Coat Factor.

Read about the Director, Julie Nichols

Hi, my name is Kaitlin Eckert. I have worked for the YMCA of Orange County since 2013. I originally started my YMCA career in San Diego in 2006 by running summer youth camps. I am originally from Escondido, California and graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. I love working for the YMCA and being able to provide our families and children with a quality program. I am very close with my family and travel to Texas often to visit them. In my free time, I enjoy going to Disneyland, reading, hiking, and cooking.

Read Parent's Testimonies

“My name is Terri and I am a VERY long-time YMCA parent. My oldest child started kindergarten in 1999 and we have been a devoted ‘Y’ family ever since. I’d like to ask you to consider becoming part of the Parent Action Committee here at Canyon Vista. PAC shares ideas and opportunities with Miss Simonah and her staff and helps to keep our families involved. The Family Fun barbecue nights, half-nighters, movie nights, pot-lucks, and service projects that we participate in are all things that the PAC has helped to plan. Your kids get to share with you what they do here while you are at work, they introduce you to the kids you hear stories about, and we participate as a community to support each other through Campaign and other service events. As my youngest child graduates fifth grade and heads off to middle school, I’d like to offer an invitation to all parents to participate in PAC.

PAC meets once per month for one hour, at 6pm during the week. Simonah and her staff provide dinner and babysitting, so no need to worry about dinner and dishes for one night! The PAC plans the monthly events calendar, works out the details and plans, and offers suggestions. One of the best perks of being a PAC parent is if you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart and want the kids to help you with a service project, you get to make that request! Our kids have made no-sew blankets for South County Outreach and paper flowers for the elderly at a nursing home. Your project could be next!

Please consider participating in the Y’s Parent Action Committee. As busy working parents, we don’t always have an opportunity to be involved- here’s your chance! Please let me know if you have any questions! quot; Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“My children love and respect their Y leaders and look forward to sharing experiences with them when they are at the after school program. Having young adults that are a positive role model is priceless. Thank you!” – Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“My child has been having many experiences that she could not have gotten if she stayed home with me. Since she started at the Y she has been learning many things with good friends, then sharing them with me at home.” – Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“Canyon Vista YMCA has been a godsend. It is not just a place for my daughter to be while we’re working. She has grown so much socially because of the wonderful staff there. I feel that they teach academics, along with the important lessons in life… cooperation, listening skills, empathy, group play, respect, etc. All the attributes that can help make a child successful in life. They really take the time to figure out what motivates each child and work with them to achieve goals. My daughter loves it so much, I have a hard time getting her to leave at pickup time.” – Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“My daughter is safe and never unsupervised at the Y. She loves the opportunities and programs she gets to participate in, and the staff go out of their way to find fun things for her to ‘help’ with. I never worry about her when she is at the Y.” – Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“A friend of mine was going to send her children to a well-respected alternative summer care program. When I inquired how many students would be present at one time (even if the staff-to-youth ratio was good), I was astounded at the number! I reiterated to her that one of the many reasons we love the Y is because the numbers are kept low enough at the school sites that the leaders really know and care for the children, individually.” – Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“The YMCA provides a real family-type environment that helps me feel secure, I feel that the YMCA is like my extended family and that my son is in a good place with good people.” – Canyon Vista YMCA Parent

“We’ve been with YMCA for 8 months now. My daughter, now first grader Michelle, first started her YMCA experience last summer in the summer camp. With cost lower than any other full day camps, YMCA gave her the happiest summer ever. She made friends in the first few days. During the summer camp, there was a different theme each week, and there was a field trip each week associated with the theme, including trips to Disneyland and Medieval Times! The kids rode school buses for all off-site field trips. I joined the trip to Disneyland for fear of the crowd, and I was able to see first-handedly how everything was well organized and well communicated by Ms. Simonah and all the teachers. Now my daughter goes to the YMCA after school program everyday. I feel great to see how happy and busy she is everyday with her peers when I pick her up. The Canyon Vista YMCA is an extremely well-run program. Ms. Simonah is always there to listen to. The teachers that I interact with genuinely love what they do with the kids. The parents are typically busy but also very involved in the events YMCA hosts. It feels like a extended family.”

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