As another summer winds down and a new school year is on the horizon, the YMCA wants to remind parents and caregivers that the Y’s afterschool program is a place where children can remain active and engaged during their time out of school – a critical time for all school-age children. Below, we’ve listed five reasons your child should get involved with Y afterschool programming once school starts!

Physical Activity

The Y’s afterschool program combines learning with play. Each day, we provide physical activity which is vital to the overall health and wellbeing of every child in our program. Visit our website to learn more about our sports programs:  

Healthy Eating Habits

Teaching children the importance of nutrition and healthy eating is key to their success – both in and out of school. The Y’s afterschool program ensures that kids in our community are provided with healthy afterschool snacks/meals any time they are in our care and are taught healthy eating habits. 

Academics, Arts & STEM

The Y’s afterschool program helps fill gaps in schools and communities where some academic and recreational activities may be limited. Kids can improve their study habits and reading skills; gain exposure to the arts; find a love for STEM activities and much more. 

Character Building

Kids in our afterschool program at the Y demonstrate improvement in the values, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed for success in school and in life. Kids and teens can achieve, feel a sense of belonging and explore new interests. 

Safety Standards

It is vital that children have a safe, enriching environment for learning, both in and out of school. Our afterschool program upholds the highest level of safety standards. 

For more information on any of our afterschool programs visit