YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

School Age Child Care

Join the YMCA School Age Child Care programs and your kids will experience a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere every day.

In our School Age Child Care programs, kids build self-esteem, values, and positive relationships with their peers and the YMCA staff. You'll know your children are growing and exploring their potential while having fun!

Our Goals

  • Ensure kids are interacting with peers and positive role models.
  • Foster the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
  • Offer fun, age-appropriate activities that encourage self-esteem and growth in areas such as health & wellness, homework assistance, arts, sports & recreation, choice time, and more!
  • Provide an environment where children are active learners, make choices, have responsibility for their actions, and understand limits.
  • Build a trusting relationship between parents, children, and staff where there is mutual respect and frequent communication.

child care activities


We believe that providing fun, enriching activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math help build upon the foundations learned in school; as well as increases academic interest and success.

Community Service

We work on various learning service projects throughout the year to foster social responsibility at a young age.

healthy eating & physical activity

We have pledged to build a healthier future for the youth in communities we serve. Youth are served fruits or vegetables at snack time and are exposed to a minimum of 30 minutes of structured physical play daily.


Swimming is included weekly at after school programs located at our YMCA branches. Swimming is a valuable lifelong skill that teaches kids to be safe in and around the water.

youth sports & activities

We love to keep our kids moving! Kids will learn sports skills, as well as important cooperation, teamwork and leadership skills through our daily movement activities.

Program Details


Location/Schools:  Biddeford Primary
Day:  Monday - Friday
Time:  6:30am - Start of the School Day (Before Care) & End of the School Day - 6:00pm (After Care)
Ages:  Kindergarten - 5th Grade

PINELAND BRANCH - New Gloucester

Location:  Pineland Branch of the YMCA, New Gloucester
Day:  Monday - Friday
Time:  6:30am - 8:30am (Before Care) & End of school day - 6pm (After Care)
Ages:  Kindergarten - 5th Grade


Location/Schools: South Portland Schools, Portland Schools, Greater Portland Branch. SOUTH PORTLAND SCHOOLS: Brown, Dyer, Small, Kaler.  PORTLAND SCHOOLS: Presumpscot. GREATER PORTLAND BRANCH: Transportation from the following Portland Schools to our Branch: East End Community School, Hall Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Lyseth Elementary, Ocean Avenue School, and Reiche Elementary.
Day:  Monday - Friday
Time:  7:00am - 9:00am (Before Care) & 3:00pm - 5:30pm (After Care)
Ages:  Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Our School Age Child Care programs are licensed through Maine's Department of Health and Human Services.

All staff are First Aid and CPR certified, with prior experience working with children. Staff also participate in ongoing training, ensuring that your children are always safe and well cared for.

Child Care Contacts

3 Pomerleau Street, Biddeford, ME 04005 | 207.283.0100

25 Campus Drive, Suite 100, New Gloucester, ME 04260 | 207.688.2255

70 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101 | 207.874.1111


Program Fees

Before School Child Care:
3 days: $48/week
5 days: $66/week

After School Child Care:
3 days: $73/week
5 days: $101/week

Before & After School Child Care:
3 days: $101/week
5 days: $136/week



Our Annual Campaign raises funds for our families in need of financial assistance.  This past year, over 800 youth in our Child Care programs received some level of financial assistance.  If you think you may qualify, please apply!  Contact your local branch for more information, stop by the branch to pick up an application, or download the form along with our other registration forms below.

We accept DHHS vouchers, ASPIRE, and Transitional Assistance Funds.  Please contact us if you qualify for this funding.



  • $50 Registration Fee to hold your child's spot
  • Financial Assistance paperwork submitted for consideration (if applicable)
  • Registration Packet completed
  • CACFP Food Program Form completed (must be signed and submitted in hard copy only, no electronic submission accepted) NOTE: We must receive this form for all families.  At a minimum, the child's name/age/days of care, plus parent signature is required.  We receive subsidies for snacks served based on these forms.
  • Payment Policy Agreement is signed and submitted to the Y (hard copy only, no electronic submission accepted)
  • First and last week's deposit paid -or- automatic withdrawals scheduled
  • Parent Handbook Acknowledgment form is signed and submitted to the Y (hard copy only, no electronic submission accepted)

Please call your branch's Child Care contact if you have any questions or difficulty with the registration process.



(* indicates forms that are required for registration)

2017-2018 Registration Form*

2017-2018 CACFP Form*

2017-2018 Authorization to Dispense Medication Form

Financial Assistance

Parent Handbook - coming soon!