Before and After School Care (TK-8th)
We believe that building strong children and families will strengthen the foundation of our communities. The YMCA provides an inclusive before and after school care program that supports the needs and priorities of the child, the family, and the school.
94% of parents believe the Y has a positive impact on their child’s social development
95% of parents would recommend the Y to their friends and family
96% of parents feel their child is safe at the Y
To register for before or afterschool care, fill out the contact form below and a YMCA representative will reach out to you as soon as possible.
Our Program At A Glance
Learning Bridge is a structured, academic enrichment program that reinforces concepts taught in your child’s classroom based on state and district standards. This program operates on all school days from TK dismissal until all school dismissal. Extended childcare also available until 6pm. Learning Bridge is available for children ages 4.9 and up at select YMCA childcare sites. Contact your nearest location for more information.
Core Components of the Program:
- Language Arts/Literacy
- Construction/Problem Solving
- Mathematics/Manipulative Activities
- Arts and Humanities
- Character Development
- Inclusion support for children with special needs
YMCA before and after school care provides opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive as they make their way from K-8th grade. We provide daily physical and educational activities like sports & recreation, expanding on the amount of physical activity students get during the school day; homework support to assist students in meeting their teacher-assigned requirements; arts, science, math and technology that allow students to engage in programs often underfunded in public schools; all while socializing with friends at the same time. Youth experience the curriculum through a variety of content areas, hands-on activities, club curriculum, service learning and enrichment centers. YMCA Curriculum is flexible and fun. YMCA staff members include the students in the curriculum planning process and pursue student’s ideas for activities.
Core Components of the Curriculum:
- Homework Support
- Fitness & Nutrition
- Science, Art & Culture
- Community Outreach
- Y Clubs (Engineering, Art, Photography, Meteorology, Gardening, etc.)
- Diversity & Cultural Awareness
The YMCA is proud of its heritage and commitment to make its character-building, family enriching programs available to everyone in the communities we serve. Annually, we receive support from hundreds of members, community leaders, and businesses who believe in our purpose and contribute generously to our Annual Campaign, investing in youth and families. Funds are distributed to families with a financial need in our community.
I have been working with children at the YMCA since 2004. I have a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Elementary Education specializing in early childhood development. There is nothing I love more than being the facilitator of student’s personal growth, academic and social learning, and new life experiences. I enjoy the heartwarming moments as well as the challenges that working with children brings to my life and I believe that a great teacher learns something new every day from her students. Every day I try to be a role model and trusted confidant for the students I work with by empowering them to be the best they can be!
I have worked with children for more than eight years and have been employed with the YMCA for over five years. I am also currently a student at Mt. San Antonio College studying Child Development. I hope to provide a safe and positive environment for our children when they walk through the doors. Our children should experience something new each and every day at the Y because each day is a step to turning our children into the leaders of the future.
Diamond Point YMCA
I have been working in the child care industry for over 10 years and have been a part of the YMCA family since 2014 . After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I moved to California and began pursuing a second degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Children are my passion and there is nothing greater than seeing that *light bulb* go off when they finally grasp a concept or idea. I love building meaningful relationships with children, their families, and the community. I look forward to getting to know each child I interact with!
Amanda Van Den Houten
Golden Springs YMCA
I have been with the YMCA since 2016. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband and our boys. I have always had a passion for working with children and I believe all children deserve a safe and educational environment to learn and develop. Having at home support and open lines of communication is an essential part in having a successful school year and I look forward to not only getting to know the child, but the family as well.
I have been working with the YMCA since July, 2018 and received my Child Development Degree in 2008. I am currently enrolled at GCU working on my BA and teacher credentials. Initially I volunteered for my son’s preschool and it was then I discovered my love for challenging and awakening a child’s mind. I am a huge believer in STEM and hands on activities and I want to be part of the movement where children can develop a limitless mind. My goal is to help develop independent humans that believe in speaking up, taking charge, and making a difference in this world.
Ranch Hills YMCA
I have been working with children for more than four years and have gladly been part of the Y for over a year while working on my bachelor’s degree in Child Development at Cal State LA. I hope to provide our kids with the best childhood experience by promoting growth, social skills and leadership skills. My goal is to ensure that all students become brighter versions of themselves and are well prepared for their future. I am eager to develop a positive and friendly relationship with all of the children and their families!
As a friendly reminder, the YMCA of Orange County has implemented an annual registration fee in order to enhance our current programs and support the increase in costs to our day-to-day operations. Our goal is always to provide the highest quality in care and programming for our families. Thank you for choosing the Y for your family!