Before and Afterschool child care is part of the YMCA’s history of dedication to youth development. It was established to meet the needs of working parents while providing children with a fun, safe, enriching environment. Our program offers a variety of daily activities focusing on the following:
- Academic Support
- Character Development
- Physical Fitness
- Proper Nutrition
Registration & Payment
Before and After School child care is available for children in elementary school ages 5 – 12 at more than 40 sites across the First Coast. Some of our sites also offer Before and Afterschool care for middle school students. Please contact your nearest Y location for specific details and to register today.
Once registration has been completed at the branch, payment options are available at MY ACCOUNT.
Before & After School Locations
|DYE CLAY & BARCO-NEWTON||All Clay County Elementary Schools|
|WILLIAMS||duPont YMCA Youth Development Campus*||Serving Children From:|
|Crown Point Elementary|
|Kings Trail Elementary|
|Mandarin Oaks Elementary|
|Pine Forest Elementary|
|San Jose Elementary|
|duPont Middle School (AM only)|
|Mandarin Middle School (AM only)|
|MCARTHUR||Atlantic Kids Campus||Serving Children From:|
|Emma Love Hardee Elementary|
|Fernandina Beach Middle School|
|Yulee Kids Campus||Serving Children From:|
|Yulee Middle School|
St. Johns County
|ST. AUGUSTINE||Hartley Elementary|
|Gamble Rogers Middle School|
|PONTE VEDRA||Ponte Vedra Teens|
*If your child attends a Duval County school that is not listed, please contact the duPont Y as we are always interested in expanding our services.
Learn, Grow and Thrive
Every effort is continuously made to ensure the safety and well-being of children in our programs each day. Our experienced staff team is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of all children under our care in a safe, nurturing environment. Take a look at how we help all children learn, grow and thrive in our Before and After School Program.
Children receive help on their homework and take part in educational activities that reinforce what is learned at school. Research shows that children who spend time in constructive learning activities after school perform better in the classroom.
Our program encourages positive behavior and good choices through character development activities. Children learn the importance of many values, particularly the YMCA’s core values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Children learn how to interact with other children and adults. They learn how to share, make friends and understand other people’s feelings. Through the integration of values-based curriculum and recreation, participants learn and grow while having fun.
Qualified, Professional Staff
YMCA Before and After School staff must meet state licensing requirements. In addition to YMCA training, many staff hold professional certifications in childcare and advanced degrees in early childhood education.
Physical Fitness and Nutrition
YMCA Before and After School ensures children are given a unique mix of activities that focus on health, fitness and nutrition. Children also receive healthy snacks based on the guidelines from the USDA.
Teaching healthy behaviors at a young age is important…behaviors involving physical activity and nutrition are the cornerstone of preventing obesity in children and adolescents. We are proud to incorporate Youth Fit For Life™ into our curriculum – a physical activity and health behavior change program specifically designed for elementary-aged youth. The program consists of cardiovascular exercise three times per week in the form of non-competitive activities and cooperative games, and resistance training using bands two times per week, as well as interactive, age-appropriate behavioral skills training, like goal setting, progress feedback and facilitative self-talk.
Scholarships, in the form of financial assistance, are awarded to families interested in participating in YMCA programs, like our Before and After School Program. To determine eligibility, a family must complete a financial assistance application and supply all necessary supporting documentation. A member of the YMCA professional staff team will review applications confidentially and make award determinations based on a sliding scale. We are sensitive to extenuating circumstances, and will readily discuss needs a family may have beyond what their household income would indicate.
Give to the Y
Through support raised by the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign, we are able to reach out to families throughout the community to provide Before and After School care and other opportunities they may otherwise not be able to afford. Donations made to the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign provide scholarships for children to participate in recreational, learning and life-enhancing experiences that will enable them to grow and develop into well-rounded, healthy and productive adults. Anyone interested in sending one or more children to Before and After School by donating to the campaign may do so in person or on online.