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.

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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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