Before/After Care


Your day doesn’t always end when the kids are done with the school day. That’s why the Y offers afterschool programs that serve thousands of children in Southwest Florida.  YMCA Before & After School focuses on nurturing a child’s development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills. Kids will develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our program offers a variety of daily activities focusing on the following:

Academic enrichment & homework assistance 
Structured outdoor activities for physical activity
Character Development
Proper nutrition through free healthy snacks
Hands-on, engaging indoor activities
Balance of planned and club-based curriculum 


Registration & Payment

Before and After School child care is available for children in elementary school ages 5 – 12 at more than 15 sites in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.  Some of our sites also offer Before and After school care for middle school students. Please contact your nearest Y location for specific details and to register today.

2020-2021 Registration Packet






2020-2021 Parent Handbook


Learn, Grow and Thrive

Every effort is continuously made to ensure the safety and well-being of children in our programs each day. Our experienced staff team is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of all children under our care in a safe, nurturing environment. Take a look at how we help all children learn, grow and thrive in our Before and After School Program.

Academic Support

Children receive help on their homework and take part in educational activities that reinforce what is learned at school. Research shows that children who spend time in constructive learning activities after school perform better in the classroom.

Character Development

Our program encourages positive behavior and good choices through character development activities. Children learn the importance of many values, particularly the YMCA’s core values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Children learn how to interact with other children and adults. They learn how to share, make friends and understand other people’s feelings. Through the integration of values-based curriculum and recreation, participants learn and grow while having fun.

Qualified, Professional Staff

YMCA Before and After School staff must meet state licensing requirements. In addition to YMCA training, many staff hold professional certifications in childcare and advanced degrees in early childhood education.

Physical Fitness and Nutrition

YMCA Before and After School ensures children are given a unique mix of activities that focus on health, fitness and nutrition. Children also receive healthy snacks based on the guidelines from the USDA.

Teaching healthy behaviors at a young age is important…behaviors involving physical activity and nutrition are the cornerstone of preventing obesity in children and adolescents.

Financial Assistance

Scholarships, in the form of financial assistance, are awarded to families interested in participating in YMCA programs, like our Before and After School Program. To determine eligibility, a family must complete a financial assistance application and supply all necessary supporting documentation. A member of the YMCA professional staff team will review applications confidentially and make award determinations based on a sliding scale. We are sensitive to extenuating circumstances, and will readily discuss needs a family may have beyond what their household income would indicate.