Education & Leadership

All kids have great potential. At the Y, we help them set and achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. Through leadership and academic enrichment programs such as mentoring, youth government and college preparation, we make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening the community.

Greater Portland
70 Forest Ave
Portland ME 04101
207-874-1111

Education & Leadership

Early Learning Readiness
     Date:  Sept 8 – June 12, 2015
     Day:   Varies by branch
     Time:  Please call for more information
     Ages:  0-5 years
     Fees:  Free to the community

Pre-Registration Required  

Play Together Learn Together: Come play with us! The Y is now offering an Early Learning Readiness Program. For many families, informal family, friend, and neighbor caregivers are the most common source of child care for young children. The Early Learning Readiness Program provides a stimulating, preschool-like experience for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, through learning centers that foster development and improve school readiness for the children, while supporting the skills and confidence of their caregivers. This program is free and all are welcome.

Children and their caregivers will:
*Engage in active play, developing physically, verbally and socially.
*Learn more about how to help your child learn and be ready for school
*Enjoy toys, books, games, resources and more!
*Meet and socialize with one another.

To browse complete fall session program information and to register online, visit: http://www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org/take-a-class

For Before & Afterschool (School Age) Child Care, please click here.

Art Club (5-9)
Join Art Club and get your creativity on! Artists will work on solo projects, large group installations, and learn about famous artists and techniques. Led by experienced staff, this club is a great way to explore visual art in all forms.

Fall I Day & Time Options:
Monday 6:00pm-7:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:
Monday 6:00pm-7:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Art Club (9+)
Join Art Club and get your creativity on! Artists will work on solo projects, large group installations, and learn about famous artists and techniques. Led by experienced staff, this club is a great way to explore visual art in all forms.


Fall I Day & Time Options:
Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options
Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Kid's Art Studio
A great class for the budding Picasso or Monet! Young artists will have fun learning art studio techniques like drawing, painting and pastels. Each class will include some fun seasonal crafts, too! The studio is open for two hours so students can come at a convenient time and stay for as long as they need to complete projects in between swim and other classes.

Fall I Day & Time Options:
Saturday 9:00am-11:00am (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:
Saturday 9:00am-11:00am (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

Y Kid's Theater Club
Introducing theater to kids, Y Kid's Theater Club will give kids a chance to express their creativity! Students will create their own production each session. Working with the YMCA theater instructor, kids will hone their on-stage and off-stage skills.

Fall I Day & Time Options:
Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm (September 8, 2015 - October 26, 2015)

Fall II Day & Time Options:
Thursday 6:00pm-7:00pm (November 1, 2015 - December 19, 2015)

First Friday Arts at the Y
Celebrate Portland's First Friday Art Walk with the YMCA! We'll explore visual art, dance, music and theater while the art walk is going on just up the street. Students will learn about many famous artists and create projects based on their work, as well as see performances in action. First Friday Arts at the Y is free, but registration is required.

Fall First Friday Dates and Times:
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 4:15pm-6:15pm
Friday, November 11, 2015 at 4:15pm-6:15pm