Afterschool Care

Building a strong foundation. The YMCA of Austin offers afterschool care for children in grades K - 5 at 26 licensed sites in four Austin-area school districts (PK-4 offered at select locations). The Afterschool Care Program provides on-site care for your child, beginning when school is dismissed and continuing until 6:30 p.m, at most locations.

Y Afterschool provides opportunities for physical, social-emotional and cognitive learning experiences. Participants gain a sense of achievement, build relationships and find their sense of belonging. For parents, Y Afterschool offers peace of mind from knowing their child is in a safe and enriching place.

Y Afterschool Registration is Now Open!


  • Care from school dismissal until 6:30pm daily;
  • Care provided Monday - Friday;
  • All early release days and most school holidays included in your monthly fees;
  • Affordable monthly rates and financial assistance available; 
  • Accepts CCS families. 
  • Students eligible to enroll in Y Afterschool only at the school they attend during the day.



All parents may register in any of the following ways:

1. By Email to (with scanned forms)

2. In Person at your child’s school, from 4:30-6:30pm with your YMCA Program Director

3. In Person at 3208 Red River, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78705

4. By Mail to 3208 Red River, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78705

Afterschool forms can be found under Registration Materials below.



Monthly afterschool fees can be found on page 5 of the enrollment forms (forms can be found under Registration Materials). At time of registration, your first afterschool fee may be prorated based on your child’s registration date.

A $50/child registration fee is due at time of registration along with the afterschool fee. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. More information about registration fees, other fees, and payment policies can be found on page 4 of the enrollment forms (under Registration Materials).

Downloadable PDF Enrollment Forms for school year 2019-2020:

To faciliate the registration of your child, please double check that your forms are completely filled out. If we are missing any information from your forms, a member of our Administrative Team will contact you about updating your forms with the missing information and your registration will be considered pending (not yet registered) until your updated forms are received. Frequent missing items are: special needs/illnesses, food allergies, parents authorized to pick up, emergency contacts (must be different than the primary and secondary parents with contact information), & doctor information.

For questions, please call 512-236-9622 or email the Program Services YMCA.


Other Afterschool Documents:


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 (FA) 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 Montopolis (formerly Allan), IDEA Rundberg, IDEA PArmer Park, or Ridgetop Afterschool programs, you do NOT need to complete the FA packet. 

Financial Assistance applicants are required to complete the packet below.

Financial Assistance Application 2019-20

Aplicación para Asistencia Económica 2019-20 

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.

The YMCA OF Austin is proud to partner with Workforce Solutions to provide care to families. We accept CCS at all afterschool sites.

If you have already received approval through Workforce and are interested in registering for our Afterschool Program, please complete registration forms for the school year and return them to our office. Be sure to check the box in the upper right hand corner of the first page indicating “Workforce/CCS”. Then, contact your caseworker to let her know you are registering for care through the YMCA at your child’s school. Your caseworker will send an approval letter, and at that time we can process your child’s registration.

Please note, all registrations are based on availability. If your desired site has reached capacity, we will place your child on a waitlist and no approval is needed until we can offer care.

Have any questions? Contact 512-236-9622 or email Zeltzin Gutierrez

Cancellation Policy:

To withdraw a participant, please complete the online cancellation form linked below. Cancellations will no longer be accepted via mail, fax, or email. A $25 cancellation fee will be charged if notice of cancellation is received less than two (2) weeks prior to the effective date.

Please allow for 3-5 business days for processing the online cancellation. For any questions or concerns, please contact Program Services at 512-236-9622 or email

2019-2020 Online Afterschool Cancellation Form

We currently offer programs at the following elementary schools:

Austin ISDBaranoffBlackshearCowanGuerrero-ThompsonRidgetopUphaus

Manor ISDBlake ManorBluebonnet TrailDeckerLagosManorOak MeadowsPioneer CrossingPresidential Meadows, & ShadowGlen

Round Rock ISDCanyon CreekCarawayJollyvilleLaurel Mountain, & Spicewood

Hays CISDNegleyCarpenter Hill

Charter schools: IDEA Montopolis (formerly Allan)IDEA RundbergUT Elementary School, IDEA Parmer Park

Locations where we offer PK-4 care: UT Elementary, Cowan, Ridgetop, Uphaus Early Childhood Center, Carpenter Hill, Negley, Manor Early Childhood Center, Blake Manor, Bluebonnet Trail, Decker, Lagos, ShadowGlen, Oak Meadows, Pioneer Crossing, Presidential Meadows

Google Map of Afterschool Locations

Google Map of all of our Afterschool locations


For Williamson County schools (Hutto ISD, Leander ISD, Liberty Hill ISD, Georgetown ISD, and Round Rock ISD-except the 5 schools listed above), please contact the YMCA of Greater Williamson County. The Williamson County Afterschool page is here. Williamson County childcare line: 512-615-5563


Our enriching curriculum incorporates the Y’s 5 core values (Caring, Faith, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility) and the Search Institute’s 40 Development Assets Framework and TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Weekly themes interwoven through the consistent daily activities of arts and crafts, science & math, nutrition & wellness, character developments/assets and literacy make each week fun and engaging.

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).

Every First Thursday of the month we invite parents to join us for fun themed activities with the kids! Parents, kids and staff enjoy games and craft activities. Past First Thursdays have included carnivals, May the 4th (Star Wars), holiday ornaments and cookie decorating and Fall pumpkin fest.

Afterschool sites also participate annually in activities for No Place For Hate (anti-bias and diversity education), as well as the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign.

Here’s examples of the curriculum designed for our Afterschool programs: 

January 2020 Curriculum

Many area schools already partner to deliver CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) physical activity lessons and now, so does the Y. In both Afterschool and Summer Camp, Y staff are now teaching CATCH Kids club games and activities daily. This curriculum has 25 years of university-led research and has been shown to have statistically significant and positive impacts on child health behaviors including: increase in moderate to vigorous physical activity levels, improvement in self-reported food choice habits, positive family impact, and reduction in childhood obesity levels and risk factors.

Ask your children how they are enjoying active, team building, non-elimination games and activities at the Y.

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:

3208 Red River St. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78705 Phone: 512-236-9622 Fax: 512-478-8065

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Brandi Ross Guerrero-Thompson, IDEA Montopolis, and Ridgetop, IDEA Rundberg

Kathleen Gagnon Canyon Creek, Caraway, Jollyville, Spicewood, Laurel Mountain

Shana Chung Blackshear and UT Elementary

Kylie Smith Carpenter Hill, Cowan, Negley, and Uphaus

Joseph Romero Baranoff

Megan Gonzalez Blake Manor, Manor, Presidential Meadows, and ShadowGlen

Clay Taylor Bluebonnet, Lagos, Oak Meadows/Decker, and Pioneer Crossing


Natalie Ross Registration Coordinator

Nicola Stewart Community Engagement Coordinator

Zeltzin Gutierrez Accounts Coordinator

Joseluis Flores Accounts Director

Marisa Redd Business Director

Associate District Executive

Andie Connors-Pool

District Executive

Andrew Wiggins

Afterschool Parent Testimonials

After school care is a blessing. They serve snacks and dinner. Children get homework help. There is a schedule for arts and crafts and other projects. The children get to play outside too.

Presidential Meadows Parent

The kids have a wonderful time at YMCA. They have time for kids to do their homework, play active games in the gym, and provide snacks. The staff is nice and great with kids. My kids don’t want to leave when I pick them up. The best part is that it is right at the kids school so they don’t have to take a bus. I highly recommend YMCA afterschool care.

Jollyville Elementary Parent

I like the attention that the staff give to our children.

Baranoff Elementary Parent

First of all I appreciate all the help I get from this after school program: helping the kids with homework, very engaging educational activities. My son loves going to YMCA after school, and to see and know that he loves going back makes me happy. Thank you for providing us some parents like myself that need financial support in order to me to make ends meet. Thank you and God bless you all that make all this possible.

Blake Manor Elementary Parent

My son loves the activities and time spent with friends!

Ridgetop Elementary Parent

The kids are not begging to not go. They love the counselors and enjoy the activities and help with homework provided by the Y. One of mine most of the time tells me I came too early. It is a safe and positive environment.

Lagos Elementary Parent

I like the outside time and the daily organized craft projects.

UT Elementary Parent

Y’all are very understanding and the prices are good, especially for a single parent with one income. Thank y’all. My daughter enjoys the after school program and that you can’t ever say thank you enough.

Negley Elementary Parent

Hard working counselors that connect with the kids – always friendly, courteous and respectful.

Laurel Mountain Parent

My son loves YMCA! He never wants me to pick him up early. He comes home with all kinds of crafts every day and says everyone is nice to him. As a parent what more could you want :)

UT Elementary Parent

Your counselors are warm and very caring of our children, your programs are clear and executed in a very safe manner, and my child was consistently very happy in the program. He was devastated to have to leave!

Canyon Creek Parent

Program is convenient and affordable. Staff help kids get homework done and provide structured activities. Kids are respected, while also holding them accountable for their actions. Great program!

Presidential Meadows Parent