Before and Afterschool child care is part of the YMCA’s history of dedication to youth development.
It was established to meet the needs of working parents while providing children with a fun, safe, enriching environment. Our program offers a variety of daily activities focusing on the following:
- Academic Support
- Character Development
- Physical Fitness
- Proper Nutrition
Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Y has safely provided emergency child care and summer day camp for hundreds of children on the First Coast. The following health protocols are in place:
- Daily health screens
- Staff and students are required to wear face coverings
- Cleaning and disinfecting of all areas and supplies used
All Clay County Public Elementary Schools
St. Johns Classical Academy
Enrollment is open to any child currently in Kindergarten – 6th grade and attending the school where the YMCA Before and After School program is offered.
Before School: 6:30am (Not available at Orange Park Elementary)
After School: End of school until 6:00pm
Tiger Academy After School
San Jose Prep After School (6th – 10th Grade)
San Jose Primary After School
Somerset Academy Eagle Campus
duPont Family YMCA Campus: Before & Afterschool*
Serving children from:
- Beauclerc Elementary
- Mandarin Oaks Elementary
- Duval Charter of Mandarin
- Kings Trail Elementary
- Loretto Elementary
- Pine Forest Elementary
- San Jose Elementary
Atlantic Kids Campus After School
Serving Children From:
- Emma Love Hardee Elementary
- Fernandina Beach Middle School
- Southside Elementary
YMCA at Wildlight
Serving Children From:
- Yulee Elementary
- Yulee Primary
- Yulee Middle School
- Wildlight Elementary
Callahan Community Center After School
Serving Children From:
- Callahan Elementary
- Callahan Intermediate
Bryceville Elementary After School
*If your child attends a Duval County school that is not listed, please contact the duPont Y as we are always interested in expanding our services.
Parents Give Us an A+!
“Both of my children are more active and want to learn and do more. I absolutely love the staff they are amazing at what they do!”
“Children get to experience what being part of a community is all about. The YMCA is fantastic.”
“My son is able to get his homework done before I pick him up and go to his sport activities. The counselors are always willing to help him.”
“She has learned to take on responsibility, to share tasks, and to be understanding when things do not go the exact way she wants them to. The Y has given very good role models.”
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.
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.
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. We are proud to incorporate Youth Fit For Life™ into our curriculum – a physical activity and health behavior change program specifically designed for elementary-aged youth. The program consists of cardiovascular exercise three times per week in the form of non-competitive activities and cooperative games, and resistance training using bands two times per week, as well as interactive, age-appropriate behavioral skills training, like goal setting, progress feedback and facilitative self-talk.
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.
Give to the Y
Through support raised by the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign, we are able to reach out to families throughout the community to provide Before and After School care and other opportunities they may otherwise not be able to afford. Donations made to the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign provide scholarships for children to participate in recreational, learning and life-enhancing experiences that will enable them to grow and develop into well-rounded, healthy and productive adults. Anyone interested in sending one or more children to Before and After School by donating to the campaign may do so in person or on online.