Excel After the Bell with YMCA’s Before and After School Academy

Before and After School Academy is focused on key outcomes that impact a child’s lifelong success. The outcomes we will measure are: academic support, sense of belonging, building confidence, growth and development, and character development.

The lessons learned in school are enhanced and expanded on through a dedicated curriculum that emphasizes reading, STEM and math. Each day is filled with educational activities that also incorporate active play to develop a lifelong love of health and wellness. YMCA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards are followed to teach children how to make healthy food choices and to enjoy physical activity, contributing to their social and physical development.

YMCA Before and After School Academy includes:

  • Academic Support (Reading and STEM)
  • CATCH curriculum*
  • YMCA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards
  • Homework Support with certified teachers
  • Fitness and health education
  • Confidence and character development
  • Guest speakers and demonstrations
  • Healthy snacks
  • Service learning
  • Games
  • Arts and crafts

*CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child’s Health. For over 25 years, the CATCH platform has been proven to launch kids and communities toward healthier lifestyles. Originators of “GO, SLOW and WHOA” food categories, CATCH is the most cost effective means of preventing childhood obesity, in an environment that’s fun and easy to sustain.

The Y’s youth-centered programs leverage best practices from YMCAs across the country to help youth and families nurture the potential of children during out-of-school time. Families are seen as partners in their child’s development and are provided opportunities to strengthen the family unit and give the family and the YMCA the opportunity to work, play, learn and thrive together.