Childcare Programs

Childcare for Plan A, B, and C

Now that all counties are in Plan A, the costs are as follows: $95/week for afterschool care in Buncombe and Henderson. $73.15/week for afterschool care in McDowell. Full-Day care will no longer be available. 

As the state’s largest provider of licensed school-age childcare, the YMCA of Western North Carolina is enhancing its childcare programs to meet the needs of working parents as area schools reopen under Plan A, B and Plan C.

The Y is working with its school partners to create a flexible program that can accommodate changes to school plans and offer consistent care that meets children’s social, emotional, and academic needs for the 2020-2021 school year.

Partner in education

The YMCA is recognized as a national leader in safe, supportive, and nurturing childcare that emphasizes social-emotional learning, physical activity, and healthy eating. During a typical school year, the Y provides afterschool care for more than 1,200 children each week in Buncombe, Henderson, and McDowell counties.

To help meet educational challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Y has worked closely with school systems, community partners, and parents to set up full-day virtual instruction programs that complement and enrich the learning experience.

“Our qualified and caring staff will work closely with students on their daily virtual classwork to support their academic goals,” said Melissa Wiedeman, vice president of operations for K-12 Childcare. “Rest assured that we will also continue to operate with thorough health safeguards to keep children and our staff safe.”

Program details

Now that all counties are in Plan A, the costs are as follows: $95/week for afterschool care in Buncombe and Henderson. $73.15/week for afterschool care in McDowell. Full-Day care will no longer be available. 


Hours of operations will vary by school system, and will adjust to meet local school day requirements. The Y will provide afterschool care during Plan B weeks. During Plan B and Plan C weeks, the Y will also offer full-day care. The YMCA childcare program will close on teacher workdays for the fall semester.

Community donations fund scholarships, which are available for each program on a sliding scale.

Safety precautions

To protect the health and safety of children, staff, and families, the Y has implemented additional safety measures in accordance with local, state, and federal orders and guidance:

  • Health screenings for all staff and participants
  • Rides in/out health screenings
  • Hand washing scheduled and offered throughout the day
  • Social distancing practices
  • Modified games to encourage social distancing
  • No sharing of toys, food, etc.
  • Face coverings for children and staff
  • Sanitizing high use areas and materials throughout the day and at the end of every day

Expansion plans

The Y is actively exploring options to expand its offerings if demand for school-age childcare exceeds current capacity. Morning and afternoon half-day programs at YMCAs are a possibility.


No additional registration fee will be charged if your child is already registered for a Y afterschool program. Please register for the appropriate district for your child.



Financial Assistance

Thanks to the support of generous donors to our annual fundraising 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. Contact the Y at 828-251-5910 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. 

Apply for Child Care Financial Assistance


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 childcare staff to maintain certifications.

Schools Served (all locations and times are subject to change based on state regulations and school decisions)

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 preschoolers. Transportation is provided either by ACS school bus or we pick up.

Schools served are:

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

Buncombe County Schools

Location by district:

  • Enka
  • Roberson
  • Reynolds
  • Owen
  • North Buncombe
  • Erwin

Afterschool by District: (Sites with less than 5 students enrolled/attending for AS will be transported to a district site. Sites with 2 or less students enrolled will be closed for the semester. Overall site enrolled/attending at no site will exceed 34 students)

Hours 1:30-6 p.m.


  • Sandhill on site
  • Hominy on site
  • Pisgah transport to Hominy
  • Candler closed


  • West Buncombe on site
  • Emma transport to WB
  • Johnston transport to WB
  • Leicester closed

North Buncombe:

  • Weaverville Elementary on site
  • Weaverville Primary transport to WE
  • Barnardsville transport to WE
  • North Buncombe transport to WE


  • Avery’s Creek on site
  • Glen Arden on site
  • Estes on site
  • Koontz walk to Estes 


  • Fairview (unclear, enrollment far exceeded attendance week 1 of onboarding. We will open the week of the 28th and assess after that)
  • Oakley on site
  • Haw Creek on site
  • Bell transport to Haw Creek


  • WD Williams on site
  • Black Mtn transport to Blue Ridge Assembly

Henderson County Public Schools
The Y afterschool program is located at the UNC Asheville Kellogg Center in Hendersonville for K-5 students from Atkinson, Bruce Drysdale, Etowah, Glenn Marlow, Hendersonville, and Mills River elementary schools. 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. 

• Etowah

• Rugby Middle

• Glen Marlowe

• Mills River

• Bruce Drysdale (2nd run bus)

• Hendersonville Elementary (no transport provided)


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

Schools served are:

  • Eastfield 
  • Glenwood
  • Marion
  • Nebo 
  • North Cove (pick-up site for transport to Corpening Memorial Y starting 8/24)
  • Old Fort 
  • Pleasant Gardens 
  • West Marion

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



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