Before and After School Child Care

The YMCA before and after school program is a great way for kids to start and end the day.

Whether you need before school, after school, or both, the Y provides a safe place for kids to spend time with other kids so their parents can work without worrying. Some of our programs are held at local schools, but for those held at the Y; we provide transportation to and from the Y to your child’s school.

YMCA counselors are all CPR certified and receive specialized training so they know ‘the Y way’ of providing the quality child care children deserve and parents expect. The YMCA before and after school programs provide an environment where children can easily make friends, be part of a group, meet physical challenges, and know they are liked, respected and appreciated. Please download a copy of our School-Age Parent Handbook.

Children in the YMCA before and after school programs enjoy:

HTG Girl Jumping Rope  HEALTH

Solutions to childhood obesity, lack of physical activity and food insecurity require difficult lifestyle changes. Teaching healthy habits is at the heart of how the Y supports the development of healthy lifestyle choices.

HTG Beaker



The YMCA enrichment plan is designed to weave reading together with fun activities in a seamless manner so that children work on improving their reading skills without realizing the underlying intent of the activity.

HTG Life Preserver  WATER SAFETY

Water accidents are a leading cause of serious injury for kids.


HTG Children Circle  SAFE SPACES

Outside of school, youth don’t always have a safe place to play. The Y provides that space.


Available at the following YMCA locations:

Branch/ Schools Served



YMCA Express at Gloucester
   At the Y
Hampton Family YMCA
   At the Y

Luter Family YMCA
   Carrollton Elementary

   Hardy Elementary

   Westside Elementary

   Windsor Elementary

Mathews Family YMCA
   Thomas Hunter Middle School

Middlesex Family YMCA
   At the Y

Tom & Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA
   At the Y  ✓

Northern Neck Family YMCA
   Wiley Child Development Center

Northumberland Family YMCA
   At the Y

Richmond County Family YMCA
 Mackey-Thompson Learning Center

Victory Family YMCA
   Bethel Baptist Church

 St. Luke’s Methodist Church

   Poquoson Primary

Westmoreland Family YMCA
   Washington District Elementary School


Registering for before and after school care is easy:

Our school-age program is for children entering kindergarten through 12 years of age. All locations offer after-school, and some offer both before and after-school during the school year.

Please note: If your child’s before or after school care will be paid by a third-party (such as Social Services or FAPT), or you will be seeking YMCA financial assistance, please locate the YMCA center where you wish your child to attend camp from the listings below to fill out an Application for Financial Assistance. If you cannot afford to pay the standard fees; ask about the Guardian program. Do not begin the online registration process until your child care director confirms all financial paperwork is received.

Registration begins with our online registration form you complete at your convenience. Please allow enough time to complete the application and questionnaire in one sitting. The system will time out automatically if left open without activity and will not save your answers. Online registration must be submitted prior to 10 a.m. on Friday for consideration to attend starting the following Monday. Once that form is submitted, please contact the YMCA you registered for and make an appointment to complete the registration process. 

Due to state licensing requirements, to complete your registration you must bring these items listed below; incomplete registrations cannot be accepted: 

  1. School physical (Preschool children must have physical within 24 months)
  2. Shot record/immunization record
  3. Original birth certificate (valid passport, hospital record of birth, birth registration card, placement agreement are also acceptable)
  4. Medication Authorization form (if applicable)

A $40 non-refundable registration fee per child and camp fees/deposits are due upon registration. Deposits of $25/week per child guarantee your spot in future sessions and are non-refundable, non-transferable.

  • Payment balance is due by the Monday before the Monday of the week of camp your child will be attending
  • $5 discount for each additional child after your first child (see online registration for details

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.