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YMCA Afterschool Care. Where kids excel after the bell. The YMCA of Austin offers afterschool care for children in grades K - 5 at 26 licensed sites in four 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, 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 offeres peace of mind knowing their child is in a safe and enriching place.
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The YMCA afterschool program is the ideal out-of-school time opportunity for your child to grow academically, emotionally, and physically. Y Afterschool offers a constructive balance of counselor led activities and free time for child exploration. Curriculum is aligned with the school standards and includes enrichment activities (arts, science/math, wellness & nutrition, leadership development, college & career readiness, service learning, global learning & inclusion, 21st Century skills, 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: Gamers Gateway, Hard Hat Hideout (building), Craft Corner (art), Imagination Station, and Book Nook.
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. In addition to the Y's character values, the afterschool curriculum is built on the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards and the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets.
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.
Y Afterschool Registration is Now Open!
Y AFTERSCHOOL DETAILS
- 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.
WHEN CAN MY CHILD START?
For schools with start dates on or after August 12th:
- If you register by 8/5, your child may start on the first day of school.
- If you register from 8/6 through 8/11, your child may start on August 26th.
- If you register from 8/12 through 8/18, your child may start on September 3rd.
- If you register on or after 8/19, depending on availability, your child may start on September 9th.
- $0 from April 8 - 14 for current Y Afterschool participant only. Online registration only. Link will be emailed to you directly.
- $15 / child from April 15 - 30.
- $30 / child from May 1 - May 31.
- $50 / child from June 1 - August 5.
All parents may register in any of the following ways:
1. By Email to email@example.com (with scanned forms linked below)
2. In Person at 3208 Red River, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78705
3. By Mail to 3208 Red River, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78705
Downloadable PDF Forms (can be filled out with Adobe Reader or another PDF Editor):
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.
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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 at least 3-5 business days for processing the online cancellation. Cancellation requests are processed manually by a member of our administrative team. The primary parent/guardian on the registration will receive a cancellation confirmation via email once the cancellation has been processed.
Registration fees are non-refundable.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Program Services at 512-236-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Montopolis (formerly Allan), IDEA Rundberg, IDEA Parmer Park, or Ridgetop Afterschool programs, you do NOT need to complete the FA packet.
Financial Assistance (FA) applicants are required to complete the packet below.
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.
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.
Here are few notes from the Listen 360 Parent Survey for Spring 2019:
"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 everyday 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
"Thank you so much for taking care of my daughters, I can tell I can trust you and that you care about their well-being as much as I do! You really looked out for my girls. Zuri looks forward to coming to school every day now because of the YMCA, and comes home so tired she goes right to sleep! Thank you for all that you do!”
- IDEA Montopolis Parent
Our enriching curriculum incorporates the Y's 5 core values (Caring, Faith, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility), the Search Institute's 40 Development Assets Framework and TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Weekly themes interwoven through the consistent daily activities (arts, science/math, wellness & nutrition, leadership development, college & career readiness, service learning, global learning & inclusion, 21st Century skills, 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).
Here's examples of the curriculum designed for our Afterschool programs:
Andie Connors-Pool Laurel Mountain
Brandi Ross Guerrero-Thompson, IDEA Montopolis, IDEA Rundberg, and Ridgetop
Shana Chung Blackshear
Kylie Smith Carpenter Hill, Cowan, Negley, and Uphaus
Joseph Romero Baranoff
Marisol Prins UT Elementary
Megan Gonzalez Blake Manor, Lagos, Manor, Presidential Meadows, and ShadowGlen
Napoleon Griffin Bluebonnet, IDEA Parmer Park, Oak Meadows/Decker, and Pioneer Crossing
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:
3208 Red River St. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78705
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We currently offer programs at the following elementary schools:
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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.