School Age


Before & After School Care

Participating locations offer homework help, healthy snacks, physical activity and other school enrichment activities. 

We work with schools in challenged neighborhoods to give students the opportunity to get the assistance and help they need to improve their academic performance. Our comprehensive services include academic enrichment, homework assistance, math and reading support, art, sports, events, and a host of other resources students need to succeed. 

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School Days Out

When schools are closed, structured activities and child care programs help to keep your child safe, engaged, and learning. 

Many Y locations offer School Days Out classes to keep children busy and learning — and give parents peace of mind — on days when school is closed. Depending on the Y, programs can include swimming, field trips, math lessons, arts & crafts, sports, and more. Regardless of the program, our dedicated staff makes sure children are developing the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behavior, better health, and greater educational achievement. 

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Community Schools

At the YMCA of Metro Chicago, we know that low-income children in underserved communities need access to high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. That is why the Y’s Community Schools Initiative collaborates with Chicago Public Schools and other organizations to provide high-quality programs and services at partner CPS schools for students in grades K-8. The Community Schools Initiative bridges the traditional boundaries of formal and information learning to improve student academic and social outcomes, empower families and develop strong communities.

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