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School Age

The Cheshire Community YMCAs School Age Childcare provides a safe and fun environment by being a primary resource for the children or working parents.  The staff are positive role models who work to instill the YMCA values in a comfortable and nurturing environment.

School Age Handbook

School Age Program
(Before & After School, grades K-6)
We offer a structured, activity-based program using the YMCA of the USA School-Age curriculum framework for a variety of enriching activities. Our program provides:

  • A stimulating environment promoting spiritual, physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
  • An opportunity for children to have fun, make new friends, learn, grow and develop.
  • A safe, supervised environment that is licensed by the State of CT.
  • An accommodating schedule that includes half days and delayed openings.
  • Activities are well balanced and include: sports, arts & crafts, quiet games, science projects, group games, international activities, homework time, indoor or outdoor creative free play, service learning projects and a variety of clubs.
  • YMCA character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

YMCA School Age Before Care
(Boys and Girls grades K to 6)
The Cheshire Community YMCA provides before school care for four elementary schools, Darcey, Doolittle, Highland and Norton. This program is held at the child’s home school.   All participants must be YMCA members. This is a state-licensed program that begins at 6:30am.

YMCA School Age After School
(Boys and Girls grades K to 6)
The Cheshire Community YMCA also provides after school care for all elementary school children at our four state-licensed sites. Activities include homework help, arts and crafts,  recreational games, indoor and outdoor play. Our after school programs run at Doolittle, Chapman, Norton and Highland Schools. After care begins at school dismissal time and runs until 6pm. Limited spaces are available, please call for information. All participants must be YMCA members.

Darcey School Preschool and Kindergarten Students
The Cheshire Community YMCA provides before and after school care at Darcey School for children attending preschool and kindergarten at Darcey School.

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