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Before and After School Care

Our licensed School Age Child Care programs provide students with a safe place to learn, grow and thrive while enjoying a healthy snack, physical activities, homework help and more!

YMCA School Age Child Care (SACC) is designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Programs for this age group complement and enhance formal education, and provide learning opportunities that build relationships, develop character and inspire discovery to help foster your child’s academic success. Our before and after school programs run at all school sites in Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, select schools in Caroline County and at the King George Family YMCA branch.

Our SACC curriculum is based on the four core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Activities are created to be inclusive and take into account all dimensions of diversity, including ethnicity, income level, and special needs and abilities. Activities include: Homework Time, HEPA (Healthy Eating Physical Activity), Arts & Crafts, Kidz Lit, STEM, Character Development, and so much more!

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A Typical Day

Homework Time

Students are given dedicated quiet time where they may complete any homework assignments, spend time reading, or doing other calm activities.

Arts & Crafts

Kids get an opportunity to explore their creativity and express themselves through arts and crafts activities. Staff prepare a variety of projects, incorporating recycled materials and seasonal themes to spark imagination.


Structured, hands-on STEM activities provide children with an opportunity to problem solve, develop critical thinking skills, and gain self-confidence.

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA)

The YMCA follows Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, providing a daily snack 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. We encourage children to develop healthy habits through physical activity with time for movement each day.

Character Development

Child care programs at the Y focus on holistically fostering the physical, social and emotional development of kids of all ages, incorporating our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Kids will learn more about their world, develop healthy relationships with adults and other kids, build self-reliance and more — all in a safe, nurturing environment.


For registration, select your county to view pricing and registration details for those care locations. Our licensed program registration is done in two parts. First, you will need to Pre-Register through the website to initiate the registration process. Once your child is pre-registered, you will received an invitation to complete a Playerspace account. Playerspace will allow you to submit all paperwork required by licensing (see list below) in order to complete the registration and secure your child’s spot in the program.


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Income-based Pricing

Because our mission is to serve ALL people, the YMCA strives to make our services affordable and available to any family/person who wants to participate in YMCA membership, programs and/or services. The YMCA is willing to work with you and whatever circumstanced are challenging your ability to afford care. Our Open Doors Program is completely confidential and scholarships are based on an applicant’s income.

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“The YMCA SACC program has given me peace of mind as a working parent to know that my son is safe and cared for after school. He loves his time at the program and always comes home with an exciting story to tell about a game they’ve played or an activity they’ve done. The staff are so patient and care genuinely about the well-being of the kids.”