Afterschool Programs

YMCA Afterschool

Y Afterschool is a safe place for children to play, learn, and grow when out of school. Our qualified and caring staff focus on nurturing the development of each child. We provide a place to have fun, make new friends, and become more active.

Children create lasting memories as they engage in a variety of educational and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve.

The YMCA of WNC is the largest provider of licensed child care in the state of North Carolina, serving more than 1,000 children each school day. The YMCA’s school-age child care programs build self-esteem, values, and leadership skills. We offer North Carolina star-rated, licensed programs designed for grades K-8, based on the YMCA's four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Registration for the 2020-21 academic year is now open. We will offer childcare after school, on school’s out days, teacher workdays, early dismissal day and holidays inclusive of Winter Break and Spring Break at a cost of $95.00 per week per child.



Programs and Ages

We offer activities that are purposefully designed to boost your child’s confidence, enrich their social and physical development, and encourage self-expression. Our program includes arts and crafts, sports, cooking, adventure, team building, anti-bullying programs, obesity prevention, swimming, group exercise classes, homework assistance, group games, outside play, and more.

Daily Activities

The afterschool program provides developmentally appropriate activities that will enhance your child’s confidence, enrich his or her social and physical development, and encourage self-expression. 

We offer a combination of individual and group activities. Children are encouraged to give their input on what activities they would like to do. 

A weekly lesson plan and schedule of activities are posted at each site. 

Arts and crafts, Go Green activities, games, homework time, snack, wellness components, nutrition, and outside time are some of the daily activities that will be available to your child.

Core Curriculum Components

The YMCA of the USA School-Age Care Curriculum Framework was developed in partnership with the Y- USA, the YMCA of Greater Providence, and the National Institute of Out-of-School Time. 

These are the curriculum areas that our Y afterschool program staff will use as the framework for planning daily, weekly, and monthly activities: 
•    Arts and humanities 
•    Character development 
•    Cultural diversity 
•    Health, wellness, and fitness 
•    Homework support 
•    Literacy 
•    Science and technology 
•    Service learning 
•    Social competence and conflict resolution

Sample Afterschool Schedule

This is a sample of a daily schedule. Each site has its daily schedule posted. 

2:30-3 p.m. Sign-in and group time 
3-3:30 p.m. Snack and activity stations 
3:30-4 p.m. Outside time 
4-4:30 p.m. Homework/quiet activity time 
4:30-5:30 p.m. Activity stations/enrichment clubs 
5:30-6 p.m. Group games/activities

Homework Assistance and Tutoring

Children get daily opportunities for homework time. Every family has different expectations of their child regarding homework. Therefore, we use a Homework Agreement form when needed. We ask that parents/guardians go over their expectations with their child and then sign the form. This ensures the child is clear on what you expect. Homework Agreement forms are available from the site director.

Daily Snack

Because the YMCA follows Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, we are required to comply with a daily meal plan that is nutritious and consists of at least two of the following components: milk, fruit, bread or cereal, fruits and vegetables, and meat or meat alternative. No fried food or sugar-sweetened beverages will be allowed in the program.

All snacks we offer are planned in advance. A weekly snack calendar is available on the Family Table at each site. 

If your child has any allergies or requires a special diet, please note it on your registration form and make sure your site director is aware of it. We are required by licensing to post children’s food allergies in the area where children are fed.

The Y provides a healthy afternoon snack during normal program hours and a morning and afternoon snack during School’s Out programs. 

You will be required to provide your child with a sack lunch for the School’s Out program. 

State Licensing Sack Lunch Requirements 

  • Must label with child’s name and date 
  • Lunch must consist of at least four of the following components: milk, two or more fruits or vegetables, meat or meat alternative, bread or bread alternative. 
  • We are required to supplement your child’s lunch if it does not comply.  There may be a charge assessed to cover this cost.

The site director will inform you if it is necessary for you to supply anything for your child during the afterschool program.

Food from Home

Food from home may be served to your child only. Homemade baked goods, etc., are not permitted to be served to the rest of the children.

Professional Staff

Counselors also receive 40 hours of additional training in topics such as conflict resolution, child-abuse prevention, Stewards of Children national certification training, diversity, program development, group management, anti-bullying, team building, and developmental assets.

No matter our age, we are students, too. Continuing education is required of all child care staff to maintain certifications.

Schools Served

Asheville City Schools
Afterschool program located at the YMCA Youth Services Center in North Asheville and Hall Fletcher program located at Hall Fletcher Elementary. These programs can accommodate pre-schoolers. Transportation provided either by ACS school bus or we pick up.

Schools served are:

  • Asheville Primary (served at Hall Fletcher)
  • Claxton (served at Beaverdam)
  • Hall Fletcher
  • Ira B. Jones (served at Beaverdam)
  • Vance (served at Hall Fletcher)

Buncombe County Schools
Afterschool programs located in elementary schools throughout Buncombe County.

Schools served are:

  • Avery's Creek
  • Barnardsville (served at N. Buncombe)
  • Bell
  • Black Mountain Elementary (served at Black Mountain Primary)
  • Black Mountain Primary
  • Candler
  • Eblen (served at West Buncombe)
  • Emma (served at West Buncombe)
  • Enka Intermediate (served at Sand Hill or Hominy Valley)
  • Estes
  • Fairview
  • Glen Arden
  • Haw Creek
  • Hominy Valley
  • Johnston 
  • Koontz
  • Leicester (served at West Buncombe)
  • North Buncombe
  • North Windy Ridge (served at Weaverville and North Buncombe)
  • Oakley
  • Pisgah
  • Sand Hill-Venable
  • West Buncombe
  • WD Williams
  • Weaverville Elementary
  • Weaverville Primary (served at Weaverville Elementary)

Henderson County Public Schools
Afterschool program located at the UNC Asheville Kellogg Center in Hendersonville for K-5 students from Atkinson, Etowah, Glenn Marlow, Hillandale, Mills River, and Sugarloaf elementary schools as well as Rugby Middle. See our FAQ to learn more. Additional schools may be served with a minimum of five participants. Please contact the Y Business Center at 828 251 5910 or to be added to the waitlist for schools not listed above. Our Afterschool schedule is currently based on the traditional Henderson County Public School Calendar. 

Please call to verify registration is open for the school your child attends, prior to registration. 

McDowell County Schools
Afterschool programs located in elementary schools throughout McDowell County. 

Schools served are:

  • Eastfield (morning care available) 
  • Glenwood
  • Marion
  • Nebo (morning care available)
  • North Cove (morning care available)
  • Old Fort (morning care available)
  • Pleasant Gardens (morning care available)
  • West Marion

Program Operating Hours

Afterschool Program: Close of school-6 p.m.

Asheville City/Buncombe County School's Out Program: 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. except snow days. Those hours will be posted at and text alerts will be sent. 

Henderson County School's Out Program: 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. except snow days. Those hours will be posted at and text alerts will be sent. 

McDowell County School's Out Program: 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. except snow days. Those hours will be posted at and text alerts will be sent. 

Afterschool Program Start and End Date: Each afterschool program follows the calendar of the school served. 

    Financial Assistance

    Thanks to the support of generous donors to our annual campaign, the Y offers financial assistance based on need and available funds. 

    Contact the Buncombe County Child Care Services Subsidy Unit or the McDowell County Child Care Services Subsidy Unit for voucher services. Subsidy is not available at all locations. Call YBC for locations that accept subsidy vouchers.

    The Y-Access financial assistance program provides funds based on available resources. Assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Y Business Center at 40 North Merrimon Ave., Suite 301, Asheville, NC or below. Applicants must first apply for the subsidy/voucher program through the Buncombe or McDowell County Child Care Services Subsidy Unit, if applicable. Applicants must also be working a minimum of 30 hours per week or be a full-time student. 



    YMCA Business Center
    Asheville City and Buncombe/Henderson/McDowell County programs
    Email the YBC or call 828 251 5910.