Ages 3 – 12 years
Bright Futures Start Here!
The YMCA is the largest provider of child care in the U.S. and has been serving children and families in the greater-Austin area for more than 50 years. The YMCA has always focused on meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of our young learners so they can grow into the changemakers of tomorrow.
Children in our afterschool programs enjoy enriching programs that aim to give children a well-rounded experience. Activities include physical activities, social emotional learning (self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making), creativity, critical thinking, and voice and choice, to create an environment for children to have positive social experiences.
EAC YMCA Afterschool Information
We offer child care programs for children PreK through Grade 5, serving more than 4,000 youth annually. Afterschool care provides opportunities for physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning experiences and support, at more than 70 licensed sites in Austin ISD, Hays CISD, Round Rock ISD, Manor ISD, and area charter schools.
Registration and payments go through EZChildTrack. Parents/Guardians can enroll and manage their accounts & payments via the EZChildTrack Parent Portal. Reach out to our office at 512-236-9622 or EACY@AustinYMCA.org with any questions.
Afterschool Fees Information
Registration fee: $40
Monthly Fees by District:
- Austin ISD: $290 (Reduced Financial Assistance rates offered at some schools)
- Hays CISD: $290
- Round Rock ISD: $295
- Manor ISD: $290
- KIPP Schools: $250
- Austin Achieve: $250
- UT Elementary: $250
Financial Assistance is available. Some schools are already receiving a reduced rate option. Enroll via EZChildTrack.
Afterschool Program Details
- Afterschool care is provided from school dismissal until 6:30pm*
- Monday thru Friday (on regularly scheduled school days)
- Affordable monthly rates
- Financial Assistance available
- CCS families welcome
- Minimum enrollment for programs is 30 children
*Some schools end at 6:00pm
2022-23 Parent Policies: Read the Afterschool Parent Policies here.
Afterschool Locations (See Google Map Here) or see the tab below.
Please call our office at 512-236-9622 or email EACY@AustinYMCA.org to confirm that your school is active and to find out about delayed start dates for specific schools.
Refer A Friend
Know someone who needs childcare?
Refer a Friend to the Afterschool Program and you can earn a $25 credit added to your account! All they need to do is mention your name on their application. Refer as many friends as you want!
Live the EAC Y Experience
Voice and Choice
Students have daily opportunities to explore our unique learning centers based on their interests. Our centers include games and puzzles, building blocks and constructions, book library, science center, music center, homework area, and creative expression.
Club EAC Y is a program that provides upper elementary children the opportunity to choose clubs of interest on topics they care about. This program provides students with intriguing activities that enhance leadership, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.
Mounting evidence suggests that afterschool programs can play a vital role in improving literacy outcomes for children.
EAC YMCA OFFERS:
1) A print rich environment that integrates curriculum projects with books and comprehension tools;
2) Incorporating a multicultural and leveled library into the program that speaks to the real interests of our children with cozy, attractive reading areas.
This is where the importance of a socialized setting for time spent out of school becomes important. EAC YMCA allows children to:
- Play with their peers in physical activities
- Learn inclusion & conflict resolution while still being encouraged to try their best
- Participate in organized outdoor activities, free play-ground time, relay games, sports, and yoga.
The time for play, with its benefits of social development, community, resilience and self-esteem, has never been more needed in our children’s lives, and afterschool care provides the landscape.
Social Emotional Learning
Extend-A-Care YMCA staff members include Social Emotional Learning as a piece of your child’s daily schedule.
GROUP MEETING GUIDES CHILDREN TOWARDS:
- Acknowledgement of self awareness
- Social awareness
- Responsible decision making
- Relationship skills
Hands On Learning
Each week children experience over 20 enriching developmentally-appropriate curriculum projects that include:
- Arts and Crafts
- Physical Exercise
- Group Games and Activities
These projects are created by EAC YMCA’s curriculum specialists and are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and skills (TEKS).
EAC YMCA provides a 30-45 minute homework/reading time with a quiet environment which includes resources to utilize such as dictionaries, pencils, paper, and reference books.
Group leaders rotate amongst the group to ensure proper supervision of the entire group and assist students individually.
EAC YMCA offers a program where children can engage with peers and establish meaningful friendships.
Our social emotional learning and mindfulness program assists in providing children with the ability to listen well, communicate clearly, cooperate and show kindness to others, and establish meaningful and healthy relationships.
EAC YMCA ensures children have access to a healthy, balanced snack each afternoon.
Snacks include a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of added sugar and saturated fat. All USDA approved.
Flexible Seating Areas
Every child has a different preference for focusing on reading or homework. We provide casual seating options for kids to relax after the school day of 6 hours in a desk chair.
“I appreciate all the help I get from this after school program: helping the kids with homework and engaging educational activities. My son loves going to YMCA after school, and to see and know that he loves going back makes me happy. Thank you for providing us some parents like myself that need financial support in order to me to make ends meet. ”
– Blake Manor Elementary Parent