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Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our child care, afterschool and Amazing Kids Club programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves.

That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. 

School Age Program
(Before & After School, grades PreK-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.


Cheshire YMCA

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.

    YMCA School Age Before Care
    (PreK to 6)
    The Cheshire Community YMCA provides before school care for five elementary schools, Chapman, Darcey, Doolittle, Highland and Norton. This program is held at the child’s home school.  This is a state-licensed program that begins at 6:30am.

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

    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.

    To sign up click here. The $50 non-refundable registration fee is due upon turning in registration forms.

    For more information, please contact Lisa Zaborowski at 203-272-3150 x509.

    Southington YMCA

    Fun, Active and Peace-Of-Mind
    Reliable after school childcare in your neighborhood.

    For children in grades K-8. Choose M-F, MWF or TTH.

    To sign up click here. The $50 non-refundable registration fee is due upon turning in registration forms.


    6:30 AM until bus pickup/when school begins
    Kelley (for Kelley and South End students)
    Y-Site (at the Main Y): Flanders, Hatton, Oshana, Strong, Thalberg, Club Y students.


    From when school lets out until 5:30PM*

    *Extended care until 6PM for an additional cost.

    Program Activities: Homework Club, Arts & Crafts, Table Top Games, Science Projects, and Indoor and Outdoor Group Games!


    Club-Y (at the Main Y): For Middle School students (Grades 6-8)

    Click Here for our 2023-2024 Tutition Rates

    Click Here for our 2023-2024 Before & After School Care Information!

    Click Here for 2023-2024 Bus Times

    If you should have any questions please contact Emily Snow at or 860-426-9587.