Start and end every school day with the YMCA! To fill the gaps before and after the bell rings, you’ll find unique YMCA programming right here in your community. We know children thrive in an environment where everyone belongs and can explore, learn and have fun together. And that’s what you’ll find at the YMCA.
Time gaps before and after school can be empty and lonely for kids — and a challenge for busy parents. YMCA of Greater Saint John’s before and after school licensed care offers a healthy solution. Kids have fun and develop confidence while spending time with friends in a safe and caring environment. Parents can rest easy knowing their children are active and learning.
Each day provides ample time for both quiet and active play, as well as exciting physical activities, time outside, a nutritious snack, and time with staff members who truly care.
For children registered in a YMCA After School Program, we offer programming on PD and Snow Days. After School children can attend any of our community centres, plus our West Side location on these days. We also offer full-day care for those not registered in our After School Program. You must contact the centre you wish to attend to register beforehand. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
A Place to Connect
A Place to Connect is a school-age curriculum created for staff working with children aged 5-12 years old who attend YMCA Before and After School programs. This curriculum has evolved from the YMCA’s long and rich history as one of the largest providers of programs for children and youth in Canada. It is designed to ensure that the YMCA Mission, Vision, and Values guide every aspect of our work.
A Place to Connect will assist YMCA staff working with young people to deliver a comprehensive program that adopts a holistic approach demonstrated through planning, programming, and high-quality interactions. The approach we follow is to adopt a living curriculum. It is not a static set of unit outlines with rigidly defined outcomes but a flexible framework that accepts that learning is a natural process occurring through self-directed experiences, optimized by a supportive environment as well as positive interaction with adults.
To register your child for our Before and After School program, please contact the site supervisor of the facility you would like them to attend.