Afterschool Programs

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.


Afterschool registration for the remainder of the 2018-19 school is now open. Registration for the 2019-20 school year is also now open.

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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.

We also offer a convenient and cost-saving full-time child care option that includes afterschool care AND summer day camp.

Professional Staff

All YMCA school-age child care staff members are certified in CPR, standard first aid, and emergency procedures. 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. Transportation provided.

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

Henderson County Public Schools
Afterschool program located at the UNCA Kellogg Center in Hendersonville for K-5 students from Bruce Drysdale, Etowah, Glenn Marlow, Hendersonville, and Mills River elementary schools. See our FAQ to learn more.

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

Financial Assistance

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

The Y is currently accepting child care subsidy vouchers for our Buncombe County and McDowell County locations.


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