With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y before and afterschool programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents.

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Program Information

YMCA before and after school care provides opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports & recreation, expanding on the amount of physical activity students get during the school day; homework support to assist students in meeting their teacher-assigned requirements; arts, science, math and technology that allow students to engage in programs often underfunded in public schools; all while socializing with friends at the same time.

Youth experience curriculum through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, clubs, service learning projects, and enrichment centers.  YMCA curriculum is flexible and fun and children are included in the planning process. Children engage in hands-on activities that develop critical-thinking skills, problem solving, working within a team and more. In addition, the program especially allows children the opportunity to learn through enrichment programs that develop knowledge and application of STEAM; Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Core Components of the Club Curriculum

  • Homework Support
  • Healthy Eating & Physical Activity
  • Art & Culture
  • Science
  • Technology

Core Elements of the Club Curriculum

  • Social Competence and Personal Development
  • Character Education
  • Literacy
  • Diversity & Cultural Awareness

Y Kids are Club Kids

Clubs will engage your child and encourage them to explore their talents, interests, and abilities in a safe & supportive environment. Current clubs include:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Cooking
  • Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Gardening
  • Sports
  • Photography
  • Science

Clubs offer the chance for kids to develop new hobbies and help in the activity planning process.  Clubs vary by location.

Learning Bridge Program

Learning Bridge is a structured, academic enrichment program that reinforces concepts taught in your child’s classroom based on state and district standards. This program operates on all school days from TK dismissal until all school dismissal. Extended childcare also available until 6pm. Learning Bridge is available for children ages 4.9 and up at select YMCA childcare sites. Contact your nearest location for more information.

Core Components of the Program:

  • Language Arts/Literacy
  • Science/Technology
  • Construction/Problem Solving
  • Mathematics/Manipulative Activities
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Character Development
  • Inclusion support for children with special needs

The Y Inclusion Program provides one-on-one support to children with special needs as they attend local afterschool programs in Orange County.

Our holiday and summer day camps provide academic enrichment, recreational and extracurricular opportunities for children.

Take a closer look at what these programs have to offer,

The YMCA is proud of its heritage and commitment to make its character-building, family enriching programs available to everyone in the communities we serve. Annually, we receive support from hundreds of members, community leaders, and businesses who believe in our purpose and contribute generously to our Annual Campaign, investing in youth and families. Funds are distributed to families with a financial need in our community.

Financial Assistance Form

$100 Childcare Credit
Refer a friend to the YMCA Child Care Program and when they enroll, you get a $100 credit!

Up to 50% Off Youth Programs*
Participants of our YMCA Child Care Program are eligible for up to 50% off youth programs at YMCAOC Health & Fitness centers.
*must be enrolled in a fee-based child care program.

50% Off Fitness Facility Membership
Active Child Care Program participants get 50% off family membership at YMCAOC Health & Fitness Centers – Only $46/month for the whole family!
*must be enrolled in fee-based child care program. Discounts are not retroactive to previous months of service or membership at the time being requested.

**Offers may not be combined. Some exclusions apply.

As a friendly reminder,  the YMCA of Orange County has implemented an annual registration fee in order to enhance our current programs and support the increase in costs to our day-to-day operations. Our goal is always to provide the highest quality in care and programming for our families. Thank you for choosing the Y for your family!

The YMCA Child Care Program philosophy is rooted in the YMCA mission, vision, and core values:


The Y provides an inclusive before and after school care program that supports the needs and priorities of the child, the family and the school. Our programs facilitate the development of the whole child through meaningful experiences, programs, and collaborations that build relationships and a sense of community.

Program Philosophy and Core Values

  • Our programs provide a safe, secure and supportive environment.
  • We believe a child’s experience is dependent on family life and community life – our programs support the entire family through programming and character based curriculum.
  • We believe in focusing on a child’s abilities rather than their shortcomings.
  • We believe when youth are exposed to consistent displays of positive character traits, they will develop a healthy self esteem and a willingness to help others.
  • We believe by supporting the local school, children will experience success.
  • We believe building strong kids and strong families will strengthen the foundation of our communities.

Y Facts

94% of parents believe the Y has a positive impact on their child’s social development

95% of parents would recommend the Y to their friends and family

96% of parents feel their child is safe at the Y

Data based on 2018-19 school year YMCA participant surveys.