After School Care

After School Care2024-05-06T11:50:56-02:30

Research shows that children flourish in programs that are structured to let THEM shape the program by providing opportunities for choice and leadership, with a focus on strengths and the development of skills and relationships.

But research only tells us one part of the story. The YMCA listened to what children and parents told us they wanted in a before and after-school program. Children said they wanted something that is fun, active, and different from school. Parents told us they wanted a program that is safe, reliable, caring, and active. Combining the latest research with this feedback, our A Place to Connect™ was born.

Place to Connect™

Ages 6 – 12

The YMCA uses A Place to Connect™ curriculum for its school aged programs. Children engage in fun activities that that they help to plan with the direction of a qualified educator. A major component of this program is creating a positive social environment where children engage in physical activity for a minimum of 60 minutes per day.

  • A nurturing relationship with YMCA staff who will encourage their individual development and attend to their emotional needs

  • Lots of physical activities, games, and outdoor play to help them wind down after school

  • Spending time and having fun with other children, including those they may know during the school day

  • Planned activities driven by their interests to allow them to explore arts and crafts, science, math, reading, and more

  • Opportunities to take on leadership roles in the program

  • Registration Fee: $25.00 (one-time fee)
  • Cost: $4 per day
  • Caregiver Ratio: 1:15

How to Register your Child(ren) For Child Care

Contact the Child Care Director for an application at 709-489-7413. Please note that completing the application does not guarantee your child a spot or mean they are registered, it will add their name to the waitlist. When a spot becomes available and you are next on the list, you will be contacted.

Child Care Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child wear?2023-11-07T10:48:49-03:30

We advise that children dress in comfortable, wash and wear clothing, as we do lots of messy activities. Each child is required to have a change of clothing with their name attached to be left in the child’s bag and replenished whenever necessary. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather each day. Outdoor play is a part of our program. Proper outdoor clothing for each season is essential.

What if my child has allergies?2023-11-07T10:44:31-03:30

All center guidelines relating to a child’s allergies are to be strictly adhered to. Allergy information will be included in your registration package (if applicable) and you will be kept informed of any changes that may arise in this area.

What if my child needs medication?2023-11-07T10:44:14-03:30

Prescription medication will be administered upon parent’s written instruction and signed permission for the child care staff to do so. Prescription drugs must be in the original container before a staff member can administer it to a child. We cannot administer non-prescription drugs to any child without written consent from a doctor. Fever reducing medication may be administered in the event of an emergency after speaking with the supervisor of the center.

What if my child is sick?2023-11-07T10:41:35-03:30

It is recommended that if a child has a cold or other sickness (such as diarrhea, vomiting or a temperature) that they be kept home for the duration of the illness. A communicable disease can spread very quickly throughout the center. A high temperature in a child can elevate very quickly, and we do not want to take related emergency measures in your absence.

Can my child bring toys from home?2023-11-07T10:41:01-03:30

We prefer that children do not bring toys from home. Toys can get broken and cause unnecessary upset. If your child has a special toy that will help during the initial adjustment to the center, we will certainly make allowances. There will be show and share days throughout the year when children can bring in something special from home.

What happens on school closures?2023-11-07T10:41:09-03:30

Our child care centers do not automatically close based on the schools decision. In the case of severe storms and/or other emergencies, we will decide to close. Announcements will be made, and there will be no fee deduction for these closures.

More Information About Our Child Care Services

Looking for nurturing care for your child? At the YMCA, we have numerous child care programs for varying age levels that will enhance your child’s social, intellectual, physical and emotional development.


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