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Palisades Family YMCA Before and Afterschool Child Care Center

At the Palisades Family Y, we care for kids!  YMCA After School Programs provide a safe, structured, and fun environment for children between the ages of 4.9 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. Palisades Family YMCA in Capistrano Beach offers year-round, licensed child care including full-day summer camps and full daycare during school holidays (spring break, winter break, holiday break.)



26462 Via Sacramento
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
(949) 496-1627


6:45am-6:00pm M-F




Palisades Offerings

Year Round Programs
Winter Day Camp Weekly Activity Calendars

Clubs: Sports, Yoga, Cooking, Geography, Engineer, Art, Science.

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

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 Carole

Carole Director Palisades ymca

Hi, my name is Carole Fitzpatrick.. More

cc_quote_start2 Our daughter has had a great time attending the YMCA Inclusion program and made great friends with the students and staff… cc_quote_end2

-Palisades YMCA Parent

More Palisades YMCA

Read about our Clubs/Curriculum

Clubs: Sports, Yoga, Cooking, Geography, Engineer, Art, Science.

K.I.C.C. Program (Kids in Charge of their Community): Children meet with Lead Teacher every week and discuss lesson planning, ideas for snack calendar, plan monthly parties, half-night parties and special events such as family events. The children also do a newsletter and discuss daily activities.

Country of the month: Monthly, a country’s art/culture, music/dance, food, traditions are focused on and explored.

Every Monday Matters: Reflective focus topics every Monday that involve service learning, social awareness and all around doing good for self, family, friends and community.

Kindergarten Plus Program: Academic enrichment program that reinforces concepts taught in the kindergarten classroom.

H.E.P.A (Healthy Eating & Physical Activity): A healthy environment reflected in daily snack calendar and outdoor activities supportive of the well being of children and staff.

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.

Other Service Learning ProjectsThe Palisades YMCA kids made 150 Valentine Day cards for the San Clemente Senior Center and Meals on Wheels, Blankets, Dog & Cat Toys for the San Clemente Animal Shelter, Stockings for the Troops (donations collected and stuffed into stockings for our deployed troops overseas).

Read about the Director, Carole Fitzpatrick

My name is Carole Fitzpatrick and I am the director at the Palisades YMCA. I graduated from Chapman University in 2007 with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy.

I love working with children because I hope to improve their lives, their futures, and provide them with ever lasting memories and friendships.

Before attending Chapman (2003-2007), I was a Real Estate Appraiser, R.E. Title Company Customer Service Rep, Real Estate Sales Person. I also worked at the San Onofre Nuclear Plant for 5 years when I first moved to San Clemente. I had many odd jobs during my university years including dog walker, live stock specialist at PetSmart, and manager of an artistic fused glass boutique.

I am very happy to have found my “home” here at the Palisades YMCA. Working with these amazing kids and my wonderful crew brings me so much joy 🙂

I love the beach, crafting and spending time with my family, especially my folks who are pretty much my best friends. I have a 16 year old kitty named Zoey, who also brings me joy!!!

Read Parent's Testimonies

“Our director at Palisades is is wonderful! She is a natural with the kids. She is kind and sweet and approachable. She has been so supportive of our special needs son, always patiently encouraging him and including him. The director is professional and organized and she is a gift to the program. We are graduating this year and will miss the YMCA very much. We largely credit our child’s improvement in his social behavior to you. Thank you! “ 

Eileen D.

“Just wanted to send you and your Team an email letting you know how much we appreciate all that you guys did for my child this Summer. He loves going to the YMCA so much and I know it is because you guys have created such a wonderful and safe environment for him. This Summer I noticed his language excel, playing appropriately with peers more, etc. Your attention to detail has been wonderful. Your Team has been nothing but gracious and thank you for making sure that the kiddos are also nice to him. I really want to make sure that the right people know how phenomenal you are. “ 

Palisades YMCA Parent

“We have had at least one child in the care of the Palisades YMCA for 9 years now and have only always had the most wonderful experiences! Whoever does the hiring does a fabulous job! Our children have flourished under their watch!”

Palisades YMCA Parent

“Our daughter has had a great time attending the YMCA inclusion program and made great friends with the students and staff. The YMCA is a welcoming place where she can have fun without fear of being left out!”

Palisades YMCA Parent

“My son Jack is tired when I pick him up from the Y every day. This is proof that he’s had an busy, fun day! His homework is always completed when I pick him up which wonderful because it gives us more time in the evenings!”

Palisades YMCA Parent

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