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Before/After School Program

With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y before- and  after-school programs serve grades K–5, offering a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents.

For more information please contact Erin White, Director of Youth Development.

Safe ‘n Sound (Grades K-5)

The Safe ‘n Sound program provides before- and after-school care for children entering grades K-5. Just as the name implies, this program was designed with both the child and parent in mind. Parents can go to work with ease knowing their children are safe during those out-of-school hours, and children can enjoy spending the additional time with their peers. One of the best features of this program is that it is conveniently located in schools within Districts 41 and 89. If your child’s school does not have an on-site program, our YMCA serves as a main location and we provide transportation to and from area elementary schools in Districts 41 and 200.

This unique program focuses on the Y’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Safe ‘n Sound provides priceless help by providing an environment, role models and activities that are conducive to developing these core values. Our program is developed so that your child has opportunities to use play as their primary source of discovery through a variety of age-appropriate themes and activities. In addition, our schedule allows time for homework, snack, free time, group games, recreational activities and character development.

Morning Program:
6:30 a.m. until start of school

Afternoon Program:
End of school until 6 p.m.

Safe ‘n Sound Program Sites

On-Site Schools (Located at your child’s school.)
Arbor View, Briar Glen, Hawthorne, Johnson, Park View, Westfield, Abe Lincoln and Ben Franklin

Y-Site Schools (Located at the Y. Transportation provided between the Y and school.)
Churchill, Forest Glen, Emerson, Longfellow, Madison, St. Michael, Whittier, St. James, Lowell and Lincoln-Wheaton

  • A minimum # of participants is required for program/transportation to be held at your school.