How Y After-School Programs Make for a Bright Future

Published: May 4, 2018, at 2:11 p.m. PT

Last updated: November 16, 2018, at 11:04 a.m. PT

Every parent understands how important school is for their child’s growth. But learning shouldn't end when the bell rings. After-school programs are a great way to ensure your child is continuing to challenge themselves, applying school day learning to hands-on activities and building vital social skills beyond the bell.

Here are some key reasons after-school programs will help your child: 

Increases Academic Effort and Interest in School

YMCA After-School Programs offer a fun-focused learning environment that allows kids to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. An opportunity to experiment in a low-risk environment outside of a classroom gives kids the confidence they need to express themselves and their ideas each day at school. Kids that participate in after-school programs are, in general, more interested in participating in classroom activities and are excited about going to school.

Develops Skills to Create Lasting Relationships

Your child can also benefit from after-school programs through experiencing a positive connection to other children and staff in the program. The relationships that are nurtured between our talented staff and children help youth develop their own relationships and learn how to treat others. It’s always a great thing when your child can meet new people and have the confidence to interact with them – they’ll enjoy the new friends they meet at the Y.

Improves Leadership Skills

Developing leadership skills is another important result of children participating in after-school programs and it’s never too young to start! From helping with clean up to choosing class activities, children get a hand at being a leader among their peers at the Y. Joining in after-school activities sets your child up for success in the future because they’ll learn strong work habits, social skills and gain the confidence needed to prepare them for the rest of their lives.

Kids University

YMCA Kids University optimizes after-school time with active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds. Choose from a menu of multi-week classes like Flag Football, Edible Science, Coding or Crafty Creations. Come once a week or sign up for a different class every day!

Kids University is offered for the following schools, either on-site or via transportation to a nearby location: Alcott Elementary, Alpac Elementary School, Arthur Jacobsen ElementaryAudubon Elementary, Bear Creek ElementaryBen Rush Elementary, BF Day ElementaryBlackwell Elementary, Briarcrest Elementary, Brookside Elementary, Bryant ElementaryCanyon Creek ElementaryCascade View Elementary, Cascadia Elementary,  Chinook ElementaryCreekside Elementary, Daniel Bagley Elementary, Decatur ElementaryDick Scobee ElementaryDiscovery Elementary, Echo Lake Elementary, Einstein Elementary, Ella Baker Elementary, Evergreen Heights ElementaryFernwood Elementary, Frank Love ElementaryGildo Rey Elementary, Greenwood ElementaryHazel Wolf K-8, Hazelwood ElementaryHighland Terrace Elementary, Ilalko Elementary, John Rodgers Elementary, Kokanee ElementaryLake Forest Park Elementary, Lake View ElementaryLakeland Hills Elementary, Laurelhurst ElementaryLea Hill ElementaryMagnuson Park, Margaret Mead Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Meridian Park Elementary, McDonald ElementaryNewcastle Elementary, Newport Elementary, Parkwood Elementary, Phinney Center, Pioneer Elementary, Roxhill ElementaryRidgecrest Elementary, Samantha Smith Elementary, Sand Point Elementary, Snoqualmie Elementary, Sunny Hills ElementarySyre Elementary, Terminal Elementary, Thorton Creek ElementaryTimber Ridge Elementary, View Ridge ElementaryWashington Elementary, Wedgewood Elementary, West Woodland Elementary, Whittier Elementary and Wilder Elementary.



Before & After-School Care

YMCA Licensed Before and After School Child Care gives your child the opportunity to build friendships with their classmates as they engage in crafts, games, outdoor play and more beyond the bell. In the process, they'll continue to develop the physical, educational, emotional and social skills that are essential for success. 

Before and After School Child Care is offered at the following schools, either on-site or via transportation to a nearby location: Arbor Heights Elementary, Arthur Jacobsen Elementary, Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Carriage Crest Elementary, Cedar Way Elementary, Cedarhurst ElementaryChase Lake Elementary, Concord Elementary, Cottage Lake Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Edmonds Elementary, Fairmount Elementary, Fairwood Elementary, Gatewood ElementaryGregory Heights ElementaryHazelwood Elementary, Hazel Valley Elementary, Hollywood Hill Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, John Muir ElementaryKenmore Elementary, Kokanee Elementary, Lake Youngs Elementary, Lea Hill ElementaryLouisa Boren STEM K-8, Lowell ElementaryMaywood Hills Elementary, North Bend Elementary, Opstad Elementary, Rainier View Elementary, Ridgewood Elementary, Sand Point Elementary, Seahurst Elementary, Seaview Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Shorewood Elementary, Stevens ElementarySunrise Elementary in Kent, Sunrise Elementary in Redmond, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Wellington Elementary, West Seattle Elementary, Woodin Elementary and Woodmoor Elementary.