Afterschool Childcare

Students excel after the bell in the Y’s nurturing programs.

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Safe Environment

Our programs are designed to keep children physically, emotionally, and mentally safe.
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Peace of Mind

While you're at work, we'll look after your child after school, on school breaks, and snow days.
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Skilled Staff

Our programs are run by trained, certified professionals who provide the area's highest quality childcare.

What you need to know

  • We serve school-age students in Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, and McDowell County Schools.
  • Afterschool programs are closed the week before school starts, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, and the week after school ends.
  • Vouchered participants are required to register for the year-round program. See voucher details below.
  • The part-time program is offered three days a week.  Choose three days for $85/week. Program includes half-days, and early releases.  Schools' Out Days can be registered separately for a cost of $40 per day.  Winter break and spring break require separate registration. Financial assistance and vouchers are not available for the part-time program.
  • Registration for the first week of school ends Aug. 18. Students who enroll in the program after that date will start later. 
  • Program begins when school lets out and runs until 6pm. School’s Out days are 7:30am-5:30pm.
  • Registration is not complete until a form of payment has been entered, the amount due shows as $0, and a green check mark appears.
  • If a parent receives a discount (school employee, YMCA employee, vouchers), list them as parent No. 1 on the registration.
  • A registration fee of $65 per family is assessed after your enrollment is reviewed by Y staff.
  • We offer 4 types of afterschool programs: part-time, full-time (41 weeks of care), year-round (50 weeks of care), and year-round with a Watia upgrade (50 weeks of care plus 1 week at YMCA of Camp Watia). Both year-round programs include a complimentary YMCA membership.

The Y is the nation’s leading childcare expert.

Your child will learn, grow, and thrive in our award-winning afterschool program.


Additional info

Need assistance? Email the YMCA Business Center or call 828-251-5910 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm). 


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Login to your account to make a payment for your child's care.

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We receive federal support to serve nutritious and free snacks at many of our afterschool care sites. Learn more

Download our Youth Services Parent Handbook in English or Spanish.

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Financial assistance is available. See the financial assistance information below for the sliding scale to estimate your rate based on household income.

Childcare Financial Assistance Sliding Scale

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 us at 828-251-5910 to check which locations accept subsidy vouchers.

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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. 

Asheville City Schools

  • ACS students are served at YMCA Youth Services at Beaverdam in North Asheville
  • Claxton (school provides bus)
  • Ira B. Jones (Y provides bus)
  • Isaac Dickson (school provides bus)
  • Lucy S. Herring
  • Hall Fletcher (Y provides bus)

Buncombe County Schools

Enka District:

  • Sand Hill-Venable (on site)
  • Hominy Valley (on site)
  • Candler (transported to Hominy Valley)
  • Pisgah (on site)
  • Enka Intermediate: served with Horizons Program, ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, $65 registration fee, $110 per week


  • Eblen Intermediate (served at West Buncombe Elementary)
  • Emma (transported to Johnston)
  • Johnston (on site)
  • Leicester (transported to West Buncombe)
  • West Buncombe (on site)

North Buncombe:

  • North Buncombe (on site)
  • Weaverville Elementary (on site)
  • Weaverville Primary (transported to Weaverville Elementary)


  • Avery’s Creek (on site)
  • Estes (on site)
  • Glen Arden (on site)
  • Koontz: served with Horizons Program, ages 10-14, Monday-Friday, $65 registration fee, $110 per week


  • Bell (on site)
  • Fairview (on site)
  • Haw Creek (on site)
  • Oakley (on site)


  • Black Mountain Primary (on site)
  • WD Williams (on site)

McDowell County Schools

(Corpening subsidy available to all McDowell County students)

  • Eastfield Global Magnet School (transported to Marion)
  • Glenwood Elementary
  • Marion Elementary
  • Nebo Elementary (transported to Marion)
  • North Cove Elementary
  • Old Fort
  • Pleasant Gardens
  • West Marion

The two locations with Horizons afterschool programs available are:

  • Enka Intermediate
  • Koontz Intermediate (also serves Valley Springs Middle)

Full time care is $110 per week for 41 weeks. This includes School's Out Days (Teacher Work Days, snow days, Winter Break, Spring Break, and most holidays). The hours are:

  • Afterschool Days: From when school lets out to 6 p.m.
  • School's Out Days: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Our other locations served are:

  • North Windy Ridge (register for either Weaverville or North Buncombe Afterschool program. Vouchered recipients need to register for North Buncombe). 
  • Reynolds Middle School or Cane Creek Middle School (transportation to the Afterschool site will need to be arranged).
  • Eblen Intermediate (register for West Buncombe. Participants will be walked over to the Afterschool site).


Parents Time Out

Need some time to yourself? We'll take care of your child while you enjoy time to yourself for dates, groceries, personal time, it's up to you! Learn more here. 

Horizons Day Camp

Academics and summer fun for students ages 12-14. Learn more here.