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Harold Ambuehl Family YMCA Before and Afterschool Child Care Center

At the Harold Ambuehl 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. Harold Ambuehl Family YMCA in San Juan Capistrano offers year-round, licensed child care including full-day summer camps and full daycare during school holidays (spring break, winter break, holiday break.)

Location

Address

28001 San Juan Creek Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-5327

Hours

6:45am-6:00pm M-F

License

300607120

Map

Harold Ambuehl Offerings

Year Round Programs
Winter Day Camp Weekly Activity Calendars
Clubs/Curriculum

Clubs change quarterly between: Football Club, Dodgeball Club, Sign Language, Puzzle Club, Spanish Club, Garden Club, and Boot Camp.

K.I.C.C. Program (Kids in Charge of their Community), Every Monday Matters and H.E.P.A (Healthy Eating & Physical Activity)

Family Involvement/Service Learning

Family Events Include: Half-Nighters, Ice Cream Social, Childcare during school events (Back to School Night)

Service Learning: Essentials Drive, Stockings for the Troops, Holiday Care Bags, Sun protection, Special Needs Awareness, Community Recycling, Wilderness Education, Pen Pal Letters and Character Counts Program

Meet Charles

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Charles Banks has been the Director of the Ambuehl YMCA for better than six years… More

cc_quote_start2 Charles is more than a Director, he is a mentor and friend to our family… cc_quote_end2

-Harold Ambuehl YMCA Parent

More Harold Ambuehl YMCA

Read about Clubs/Curriculum

Clubs change quarterly between: Football Club, Dodgeball Club, Sign Language, Puzzle Club, Spanish Club, Garden Club, and Boot Camp.

K.I.C.C. Program (Kids in Charge of their Community): Children contribute ideas for snack, lesson plans, newsletters, special events, and program expenses.

Every Monday Matters: Reflective focus topics for the week that focus on special character traits.

H.E.P.A (Healthy Eating & Physical Activity): A healthy environment and support of the well-being of children, which includes healthy snacks and vigorous activities.

Read about our Service Learning Projects

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

Stockings for the Troops: The YMCA of Orange County partners with Words of Comfort & Hope and Promise (a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) serving those in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families) by collecting items for stockings to send overseas to military families for some Christmas joy.

Pen Pal Letters: The Ambuehl YMCA has been engaged in a Pen Pal relationship with the Morrisville YMCA in Pennsylvania for three years. Writing letters helps develops the children’s writing skills, teaches them patience, helps them explore places they’ve never been, and they get to meet new people.

Read about the Director, Charles Banks

Although Charles Banks has been the Director of the Ambuehl YMCA for better than six years, he has been employed with the YMCA of Orange County for over fifteen years. Charles obtained his BA in Philosophy from Long Beach State and was a substitute teacher before joining the YMCA.

Charles’ philosophy can best be described in one word: FUN. He believes that at the cornerstone of each day should be as much enjoyment and laughter as can be humanly squeezed into a twenty-four hour day.

In his free time, Charles enjoys comic books, reading, spending time with family and friends, and fictional writing. Charles is also a three time award winning author who aspires to be the next Dean Koontz.

Read Parent's Testimonies

“Both my Grandmother and Mother have been leaders and directors for the YMCA in Massachusetts. When I was growing up there was one close to our house. As a child I attended YMCA camp, taken swim lessons and gymnastics with the YMCA. As an adult I got a membership in Florida during my pregnancy to keep active through swimming and water aerobics. I have really great memories of all those experiences and I love that my son will be able to share in all that the YMCA has to offer to him. Thank you for continuing to provide a stable and organized program for youth and families. I have really great memories of all those experiences and I love that my son will be able to share in all that the YMCA has to offer to him. Thank you for continuing to provide a stable and organized program for youth and families.”

-Harold Ambuehl YMCA Parent

“It was my son’s first summer session at YMCA and they had a scheduled field trip to knott’s Berry Farm. was very nervous that my son would get lost or not listen while at the amusement park. The YMCA director reassured me and let me know that he would keep an extra eye on him. When I picked up my son and asked him how the trip was he let me know that he was so excited because he got to be in the director’s group and the group when on rides together. My son had a blast on the trip and it calmed my nerves”

-Harold Ambuehl YMCA Parent

“Charles Banks is awesome. He’s more than a director, and us a mentor and friend of our family. Charles puts a lot of effort into varying the activities and including the parents. He also selects strong partners at our branch. Charles is the reason we have been enrolled for four years going on five.”

-Harold Ambuehl YMCA Parent

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