Why Afterschool Care Matters

September 06, 2017


One in five children don't have someone to care for them after school. The Y is here to help."

A new school year is an exciting time for many kids, but at the end of the school day, 11.3 million children head to homes where they’re unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m. One in five children don’t have someone to care for them after school, an essential time to help increase children’s success. Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and abilities to succeed.

As children transition from summer to fall, the YMCA of Metro Chicago is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Chicagoland to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s programs offer activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through sports, mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.

The child care programs at the YMCA of Metro Chicago support the growth and development of young children in an environment that values and respects each family’s culture and strengths, and that supports and empowers families. Children are prepared for school and beyond through individualized learning experiences that are aligned with Federal, State and local standards and expectations in five key areas:

All of the following YMCA membership centers offer afterschool programs. Click to visit their digital program guide, and look for the “Early Education & Child Care” section toward the beginning of the guide.

Plus, become a member and save up to 50% off most programs. You can now join online by adding a membership to your cart. No need to download a PDF!