Before & After School Care

We provide a reliable, safe, and fun environment for your child to prepare for their school day and unwind from it. We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing!

School Age:  Grades K – 5 (ages vary by location) | A Y Membership is NOT required

We offer Before/After School Care, Out-of-School Day Care, as well as After School programs. Academic support from caring role models enriches your child’s educational experience and enables families to spend more quality time together.

Happy school aged child holding books
OUR BENEFITS
  • Licensed
  • Before/After School Care
  • Out-of-School Days
  • Holiday Break Day Camps
  • Low Child-Teacher Ratios
  • Healthy Snacks
  • YMCA After School Curriculum
  • Gym Activities (vary by location)
  • Outdoor Experiences
  • Financial Assistance available to those who qualify

PARENT INFORMATION

The YMCA School Age framework was developed in partnership with the YMCA of the USA  and the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time  (NIOST).

THE Y DIFFERENCE

Through guided play children learn values, positive behaviors, to respect themselves and others, work out their difference and discover the value of friendship.

Academic support from caring role models enriches your child’s educational experience and enables families to spend more quality time together.

We offer activities in

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Science
  • Homework support
  • Literacy
  • Character Development
  • Conflict Resolution

Our Values – Caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusion. We reinforce the values you teach at home.

Character Development – All of our activities and discussions incorporate the four core values.

Choice Time – Kids are given activity choices where they make friends, learn, play and thrive.

Theme Weeks – Exciting themes guide each week’s activities to keep kids engaged.

Physical Activity – Fitness is vital to your child’s health so we include daily physical activity and movement through indoor gym or outdoor games.

Community Connections – Social responsibility and volunteerism are reinforced through service learning projects.

About Before & After School Care

Full Time (5 days): $92

Before (5 days): $55

After (5 days): $55

Before AND After (2 days): $50

Before AND After (3 days): $75

NO SCHOOL DAYS:

Half School Day (1 day): $25

Full School Day (1 day): $50

Three Day Package (3 days): $130

ADDITIONAL RATE INFORMATION:

There is a registration fee of $50.00 that will be assessed to all new child care registrants, and $25.00 for each additional child.

A 5% sibling discount applied to oldest sibling.

Confidential financial assistance is available to those who qualify. 

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) accepted.

 

You can register by phone at 616.855.9622, online, and at any of our branch locations.

Registration paperwork must be received prior to a child’s first day in the program. There is a registration fee of $50.00 that will be assessed to all new child care registrants.

NEW! Enrichment Programming: Every Child Deserves a Y Experience 

For the times families can’t be there, the Y supports their effort to nurture their child’s healthy development. Our well-trained staff provide safe, affordable, high-quality care so parents can have peace of mind while at work to help their family succeed.

At the Y, good child care is good family care. With a focus on important life skills, parents know that their child is: 

  • Developing core values
  • Improving reading comprehension and fluency through daily literacy activities
  • Practicing good healthy habits by being active throughout the day 
  • Increasing family engagement through weekly family activities

Our Programs Include:

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
30 minutes/day  |  Participants will demonstrate YMCA Pillars of Character: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, civility, trustworthiness and fairness.

WELLNESS
30 minutes/day  |  Participants will demonstrate physical fitness & knowledge about healthy lifestyles. 
Research:

READING
30 minutes/day  |  Disguised Learning. To improve reading fluency, comprehension, oral speaking skills, confidence, self esteem and decision making skills. 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academic Enrichment
Participants will learn key skills needed in today's workplace: problem solving, analytical thinking, and the ability to work independently.

What to Bring

  1. Sunscreen SPF 15+ and water proof
  2. Hat or Visor, if desired
  3. Bug Spray
  4. Water bottle labeled with name
  5. If cold day, extra clothing to stay warm when outside

What to Leave at Home-

  1. All Electronics
  2. Cell phones
  3. Toys: stuffed animals, action figures, etc.
  4. Money
  5. Candy and Pop

TO REGISTER

Please choose a location below, and click on the "REGISTER" button. The button will direct you to the sign up page where you can register for before and after school programs.

You can also register by phone at 616.855.9622 or at any of our branch locations.

School Aged Childcare Locations

Alto Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: K – Grade 5

6150 Bancroft
Alto, MI 49302
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Caledonia Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: 5 – 12 years

9770 Duncan Lake Ave.
Caledonia, MI 49316
United States

Monday – Friday 6:00 – 9:00 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Chandler Woods Charter Academy

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

6895 Samrick Ave NE
Belmont, MI 49306
United States

Monday – Friday 3:00 – 6:00 pm
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Cherry Creek Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: K – Grade 8

12675 Foreman St.
Lowell, MI 49331
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Dutton Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: 5 – 12 years

3820 68th St.
Caledonia, MI 49316
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30 – 9:00 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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East Oakview Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: Developmental K – 4th Grade

3940 Suburban Shores Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30- 8:15am & 3:15 – 6:00 pm
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Emmons Lake Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: 5 – 12 years

8950 Kraft Ave.
Caledonia, MI 49316
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30 – 9:00 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Excel Charter Academy

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

4201 Breton Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
United States

Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Highlands at West Oakview

Before & After School Care
Ages: 5th and 6th Grade

4645 Chandy Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30-8:15 am & 3:15 – 6:00 pm
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Kettle Lake Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: 5 – 12 years

8451 Garbow Dr.
Alto, MI 49306
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30 – 9:00 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Knapp Charter Academy

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

1759 Leffingwell Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
United States

Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Lakeshore Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: K – 12 years

3765 N. 168th Ave
Holland, MI 49424
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 8:30 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Lakewood Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: K – 12 years

2134 W. Lakewood Blvd.
Holland, MI 49424
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 8:30 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Murray Lake Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: K – Grade 5

3275 Alden Nash Ave. SE
Lowell, MI 49331
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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North Oakview Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: Developmental K – 4th Grade

4300 Costa Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30- 8:15am & 3:15 – 6:00 pm
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Paris Ridge Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: 5-12 years

4690 Paris Ridge
Caledonia, MI 49316
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30 – 9:00 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Pine Island at Stoney Creek

After School Care
Ages: 3rd – 5th Grade

6101 Pine Island
Comstock Park, MI 49321
United States

Monday – Friday 3:00 – 6:00 pm
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Ridge Park Charter Academy

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

4120 Camelot Ridge Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
United States

Monday-Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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River City Scholars

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

944 Evergreen St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
United States

Monday-Friday: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
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Stoney Creek Elementary

After School Care
Ages: Developmental K – 2nd Grade

200 Lantern Dr NW
Comstock Park, MI 49321
United States

Monday – Friday 3:00 – 6:00 pm
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Vanguard Charter Academy

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

1620 52nd St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49519
United States

Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Vista Charter Academy

After School Care
Ages: Young 5's - 8th Grade

711 32nd St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
United States

Monday – Friday, 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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Waukazoo Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: K – 12 years

1294 W. Lakewood Blvd.
Holland, MI 49424
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 8:30 am & 3:30 – 6:00 pm
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West Oakview Elementary

Before & After School Care
Ages: Developmental K – 4th Grade

3880 Stuyvesant Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
United States

Monday – Friday 6:30-8:15 am & 3:15 – 6:00 pm
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