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Learn. Grow. Thrive.
The YMCA of Austin offers afterschool care for children in grades K - 5 at fifteen licensed sites in three Austin area school districts. The Afterschool Care Program provides on-site care for your child, beginning when school is dismissed and continuing until 6:30 p.m.
Participating children learn valuable social and scholastic skills in a safe, fun, and supervised environment.
The afterschool care program offers a constructive balance of counselor led activities and free time for child exploration. Daily theme activities include arts and crafts, science/math activities, nutrition/wellness activities, presentation activities (music, theater, cooking, etc) and literacy. In addition, the Y delivers CATCH physical activity lessons daily and has made a commitment to meet the Y's Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA). Lastly, there is always time for homework, a nutritious afternoon snack, and outside time on the playground.
The end of each afterschool day will include Centers: Board Game Blvd., Hard Hat Highway (building), Craft Court (art), Drama Drive, and Literary Lane.
Children are divided into age-appropriate groups for many of the daily activities. Special day-long programs, called All Day Cares, are available for most school holidays (see calendars below) and for all early release days. Care on these days is included with your monthly fees. As with all of our programs, the after school program emphasizes our five character values: respect, responsibility, honesty, faith, and caring. Additionally, after school curriculum is built on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. (Assets for 5 - 9 yr olds; Assets for 8 - 12 yr olds)
For more information, contact the Program Services Branch at 512-236-9622. Financial assistance for the YMCA of Austin's afterschool care program is available.
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Registration for the 2013-2014 School Year
Registration for YMCA Afterschool for the 2013-14 school year is underway. All parents, new and returning, must complete the registration process, per YMCA and licensing guildelines.
All complete registrations will be processed within 24 hours. A Program Services staff person will contact you with confirmation of enrollment and your child's start date.
Monthly program fees will be found on page three of the enrollment forms. Fees for the 2013-2014 school year are divided equally into nine payments (September - May) for all schools. A $15 registration fee will be due per child. The registration fee will increase to $30 on May 13th.
Parents may register in any of the following ways:
1. Online (was available through August 2)
2. In Person at the Program Services YMCA, 2121 E. 6th St. Suite 203, Austin, TX 78702
3. By Mail to Program Services YMCA, 2121 E. 6th St. Suite 203, Austin, TX 78702
4. By Email by attaching scanned enrollment forms to email@example.com
Financial Assistance Policy: YMCA of Austin programs and activities are designed to benefit persons of all backgrounds, and fees are based on the cost of providing each program. While participants are expected to pay their fair share, when financial assistance dollars are available, the YMCA will assist any individual or family that wants to participate in the afterschool care program but cannot afford the fee.
If you are requesting to pay the FA rate at Blackshear, IDEA, Ridgetop, Rodriguez, or Wooten Afterschool programs, you do NOT need to complete the FA packet.
Financial Assistance (FA) applicants are required to complete the packet below.
- Financial Assistance Packet 2013-14
- Paquete de Asistencia Financiera 2013-14
Only completed packets (including proof of income) will be accepted and processed. The YMCA strongly encourages parents to apply early for financial assistance as funds are limited.
Testimonials from Parents
Here are few notes from a parent survey:
"I'm really happy with the YMCA staff and [afterschool care] program. My daughter loves to come to YMCA and in my opinion, it's the best after school program my daughter could be in."My son loves the program. It is his first year in public school and his favorite part is YMCA."
"This is our first year to do this and it has been awesome! We especially love the staff- Josh and all the counselors are awesome and as a parent I appreciate the consistency. And that my child doesn't want to leave when I come to pick her up!"
"I love this program!!! My child has benefited tremendously from the YMCA programs!!! We go onto middle school otherwise we would be attending next year."
"Everything is good and the counselors are great role models for my child. They have a great attitude and are very respectful."
"I don't know what I would do without you!! My child loves and respects the YMCA teachers."
Afterschool Care Sites
We currently offer programs at the following elementary schools:
Afterschool Care Directors
Canyon Creek, Jollyville, Laurel Mountain, and Spicewood Daniel Garrison
Baranoff, Carpenter Hill and Negley: McKenzie Crowell
IDEA, Blackshear, Ridgetop, and Wooten: Marisol Prins
Caraway, Cowan, Rodriguez, and UT Elementary: Gyllian Garvey
Business Director: Shayna Molinar
Associate Executive Director: Mitzi Neville
District Executive: Andrew Wiggins
Consumer Product Safety and Gang Free Zone
As per Texas Department of Family and Protective Services licensing requirements, the YMCA of Austin certifies that all bulletins and notices issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding unsafe products have been reviewed.
As per Texas Department of Family and Protective Services licensing requirements, the YMCA of Austin is required to inform parents that YMCA Afterschool Care programs operate within Gang-Free zones. A gang free zone is a designated area around a specific location where prohibited gang related activity is subject to increased penalty under Texas law. Zones are withing 1000 feet of all afterschool centers.
Provided by Program Services Branch:
2121 E. 6th Street Suite #203
Austin, TX 78702