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Building a strong foundation. The YMCA of Austin offers afterschool care for children in grades K - 5 at 27 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. The afterschool care program offers a constructive balance of counselor led activities and free time for child exploration. Enrichment curriculum is alinged with school standards and includes arts and crafts, science/math activities, nutrition/wellness activities, character developments/assets 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 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.
- REGISTRATION FEE
- $0 from April 9 - 15 for current Y Afterschool participant only. Online registration only.
- $15 / child from April 16 - 30.
- $30 / child from May 1 - May 31.
- $50 / child from June 1 - August 5.
WHEN CAN MY CHILD START?
For schools with start dates on or after August 13th:
- If you register by 8/5, your child may start on the first day of school.
- If you register from 8/6 through 8/12, your child may start on August 27th.
- If you register from 8/13 through 8/19, your child may start on September 4th.
- If you register on or after 8/20, depending on availability, your child may start on September 10th.
For Wayside Altamira:
If you register by 7/18, your child may start on the first day of school 7/25.
Beginning 4/16, all parents may register in any of the following ways:
2. By Email to firstname.lastname@example.org (with below scanned forms)
3. In Person at 3208 Red River, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78705
4. By Mail to 3208 Red River, Suite 100; Austin, TX 78705 (with forms below)
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 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 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 Altamira, Blackshear, IDEA Allan, IDEA Rundberg, Ridgetop, or Rodriguez 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.
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 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."
Our enriching curriculum is put together by certified teachers, and 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 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.
Here's examples of the curriculum designed for our Afterschool programs:
Canyon Creek, Caraway, Jollyville, Laurel Mountain, Spicewood, and Ridgetop Andie Connors
Baranoff, Carpenter Hill, Cowan, Negley, Rodriguez, and Uphaus: Shana Chung
Blake Manor, IDEA Rundberg, Guerrero-Thompson, Presidential Meadows, and ShadowGlen: Rebecca Reynolds
Bluebonnet Trail, Decker, Lagos, Manor, Oak Meadows, and Pioneer Crossing: Vanessa Wood
Blackshear, IDEA Allan, and Lucy Read: Andrew Lance
Altamira and UT Elementary: Marisol Prins
Accounts Director: Joseluis Flores
Business Director: Marisa Redd
Associate Executive Director: Shayna Molinar
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:
3208 Red River St. Suite 100
Austin, TX 78705
We currently offer programs at the following elementary schools: