Where Kids Excel After the Bell

The Y makes the most of your child’s after school time by offering active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds. Housed in large, open spaces inside local schools, YMCA After School Care gives your child the opportunity to get to know their schoolmates better as they engage in active play and collaborate on fun projects. In the process, they’ll continue to develop the physical, educational, emotional and social skills which are proven keys for success.

As a leader in youth development, the Valley Shore YMCA serves over 200+ children a daily basis providing safe, quality, affordable afterschool care in seven schools along the Shoreline. For Elementary School age children, enrollment is open to any child, ages 5-12 years old who is a student of the school/district in which the site is located. Our before and after school programs in Lyme-Old Lyme serves children ages 4 and up enrolled in the preschool program through Region 18.

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• Conveniently located on school campuses

• All sites are licensed through the Department of Education

• All staff undergo pre-employment background checks

• Low staff-to-child ratios

• Highly qualified staff who receive ongoing education

• Financial assistance available, upon application


All of our afterschool programs provide a range of activities including:

• Homework help

• Structured academic enrichment activities

• Indoor/outdoor physical play

• Hands-on engaging activity centers for students to explore

• Healthy snack