Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.  That’s why our child care, afterschool and Child Watch programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other.



The YMCA After School Program serves the following elementary schools in Anderson School Districts 3 & 5: Flat Rock, Varennes, Calhoun, Centerville, Concord, McLees, Midway, Nevitt Forest, New Prospect, Starr, Whitehall, Homeland Park, West Market, South Fant, and North Pointe.


The program operates from school dismissal until 6pm Monday-Friday, and is located at the school so there is no need to worry about transportation for your student. We also offer on site care for early release days at no extra charge.


The Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc. After School Program participates with the Child and Adult Food Care Program, (CACFP).  This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Our daily activities include:

  • Daily devotion
  • Homework time
  • Healthy snack
  • Group activities
  • Free play
  • A wide range of other activities

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our child to staff ration has been reduced to 9:1. All of our staff is certified in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Child Abuse Prevention, and have completed the 26 hour SC Health and Safety Pre-Service Course.

Registration: Thru Wednesday, September 2, 2020


Late Registration: Begins Wednesday, August 26, 2020 with an additional $5 fee per child


Price is a weekly rate of $59 per child with a one time materials fee of $25. Discounted rates are available for active or retired Military ($47.20) and School District Employees ($41.30-ID required to receive discount).  Scholarship assistance is available for those who qualify.



Click here to make online after school payments


SPRING BREAK CAMP – TBD 2021 is held at our YMCA Camp on 178 Greentree Road, Anderson, SC  29625.


We offer full day care on student holidays* at our YMCA Camp on 178 Greentree Road, Anderson, SC  29625 from 7:30am-6:00pm.  Packed lunch is required each day.  Fees: $18 per child per day; $9 per child per day for scholarship recipients.  Register at Membership Services prior to each student holiday. 



CHRISTMAS BREAK CAMP – TBD 2020 is held at our YMCA Camp on 178 Greentree Road, Anderson, SC  29625. Total cost of camp is $85 per child for all 5 days, or a daily drop in rate of $18 per child.  Scholarship recipients cost is $65 for all 5 days or $14 per day drop in. Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30am-6:00pm. Camp is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day


Visit Membership Services to register!

CHILD WATCH (Currently not available due to COVID-19)

Child Watch is FREE for our members and is available for children ages 3 months to 5 years, during set hours. Children may be left for no more than 2 hours at a time, while parents are in the facility. It is available on a first come, first serve basis with a limit of 60 children.

While in Child Watch, children can color, play outside, play with various age appropriate toys, and interact with children in their age group as well as the Child Watch staff. Staff are certified in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Child Abuse Training, and have completed the 26 hour SC Health and Safety Pre-service Course.


Monday-Friday 8am-1pm (morning schedule)

Monday-Thursday 3:30-8pm (evening schedule)

Friday 3:30-6:30pm (evening schedule)

Saturday 8am-12:30pm

Sunday 1:30-6pm


Camp Venture will be held at the YMCA Wellness Center located at 201 E. Reed Road this summer.  Your child will enjoy a wide range of activities:  Swimming, Arts and Crafts, STEM Projects, Camp Readers Program, and much more!  Also, because the YMCA is a Christian Organization we believe it is important to teach our campers about the message of Christ so during Friendship Circle Time we will have a daily devotion.  The themes of our camp will encompass the YMCA’s Core Values which are:  Faith, Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.  All staff are trained in CPR, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention, and Blood Borne Pathogens.  We will maintain a 9:1 child to staff ratio.


Camp Venture hours: Monday through Friday 7:30am – 6:00pm.  Breakfast and Lunch served daily.


Registration begins Monday, May 25, 2020, and is limited to 45 participants per week due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Ages: Rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders


Camp Dates:  Monday, June 8th – Friday, August 14th.  Closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.


Cost: Weekly rate is $125 per child for YMCA Members, $135 per child per week for non-members


*One-time registration fee of $60 per child.  Campers will receive a camp t-shirt.


Click here to make camp payments once child is registered.  Initial Camp Registration must be done at Membership Services.


Contact Jan Page, Child Development Director or Amika Thomas, Associate Child Care Development Director for additional questions regarding our Child Development program.