The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids will offer FREE MEAL SACKS for children in need in partnership with Kid's Food Basket during the statewide school closure. Any child age 0-18 can get meal sacks at multiple locations on weekdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the duration of the COVID 19 crisis.
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 Child 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.
- 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
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
- Homework support
- 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:
30 minutes/day | Participants will demonstrate YMCA Pillars of Character: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, civility, trustworthiness and fairness.
30 minutes/day | Participants will demonstrate physical fitness & knowledge about healthy lifestyles.
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
- Sunscreen SPF 15+ and water proof
- Hat or Visor, if desired
- Bug Spray
- Water bottle labeled with name
- If cold day, extra clothing to stay warm when outside
What to Leave at Home-
- All Electronics
- Cell phones
- Toys: stuffed animals, action figures, etc.
- Candy and Pop
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.