YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston

After-School Program

Our YMCA believes that each child is a unique individual with their own rate of development. We focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Our goal is to mentor school age youth by providing a safe environment to learn foundational skills, develop healthy relationships, and build self-confidence.

Program Goals:

  • With a balanced program built on academic intervention, healthy living, and enrichment programming, we provide a safe and supervised atmosphere that helps youth realize who they are, and what they can achieve.

  • Support children in all areas of development during their out-of-school time by providing homework assistance, hands on learning, community experiences, and access to exceptional enrichment activities.

  • Encourage children to pursue their interests and support them on their journey to self-discovery.

  • Help youth to develop relationships with others and learn to work together in a cooperative manner.

  • Teach children to appreciate diversity and inclusive settings.

  • Helping children to develop self-confidence and build character through promoting the core values of the YMCA; caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and equity.

  • Employ qualified, experienced, and caring School-Age staff members.

  • Continually provide ongoing staff training and development.

  • Perform ongoing program monitoring and evaluation.

  • We provide healthy and nutritious snacks and meals, at no cost, to all children enrolled in our School-Age Program.

  • We ensure that children have FUN!
Afterschool activities
Afterschool kids

Curriculum / Assessment

We utilize our out-of-school time to focus on the following areas of development:

  • Math
  • Literacy
  • Social-Emotional Health & Readiness
  • The Arts & Humanities
  • STEM
  • Cultural Competencies
  • Character Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Homework Support
  • Health & Fitness
  • Community Relationships
  • Leadership

Snow Days and School Vacations

What do you do with the kids when it’s a snow day or vacation, but you still have to work? Instead of hanging around the house watching TV, bring them to the Y! They’ll be active and meet new friends, for prices that are even better than the local babysitter. Individual snow day, no-school days, and school vacation week programs are offered.

Afterschool location

After-School Locations

Afterschool games
Y Childcare and Afterschool Care

62 Turner Street, Auburn ME

Monday – Friday
7:00am – 5:30pm​

Serving children in Kindergarten to Grade 6

Afterschool kids fun with books
YMCA After-School at Hillview

115 Hillview Lane, Lewiston ME

Monday – Friday
7:00am – 5:30pm

Serving children in the Hillview Complex ONLY

FAQs

YES! We offer care for days that the schools are closed, such as snow days and school vacations, except for those listed in our CLOSED question below. Additional rates may apply.

We provide care to children attending 5 Auburn schools: Washburn, Walton, Fairview, Park Avenue, and Sherwood Heights.

We also serve children who live onsite in the Hillview Community Complex in Lewiston that attend McMahon Elementary.

We do participate in the CACFP program and are able to provide healthy and nutritious snacks and meals to children at no extra cost.

To ensure the safety of the children in our program we use a scanner security system at each site. Every family receives two entrance tags free of charge. Families have the option to purchase additional tags. Any additional authorized pick-ups that need a tag will need to see the site director to have one issued. The system is audited regularly to ensure only currently enrolled families have access. If you have any questions, or are having issues with your scan tag, please email Mindy mstewart@alymca.org.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or is attending high school or enrolled in a GED preparation program.
  • CRP/First Aid relating to infants, children, and adults.
  • Trained in how to be a Mandated Reporter.
  • Trained in Child Abuse Prevention.
  • Complete 30 hours of annual childcare related training.

Our School Age Enrichment program accepts families who receive Aspire, Transitional Care and Subsidy programs. If you participate in one of these programs, a copy of your award letter MUST be provided before your child’s first day in care.

Per State of Maine DHHS Childcare Licensing Rules, our School Age Program follows a 1:12 ratio.

Children must be brought into the center by an adult, brought to their classroom where the adult must sign the child in for the day and notify the caregiver of their arrival. Please relay any important messages to staff.

Children will be released only to an adult that is a parent or guardian or listed on the emergency contact sheet. A photo ID must be shown. All authorized pickup persons must be 18 years old unless the person is a parent or sibling (siblings must be at least 16 years old). The YMCA must follow all court orders/custody agreements. Legal documents must be kept updated and on file. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide pertinent and up to date information.

Parents must supervise their children when the child is not under the direct care of staff. Children may not be left unattended on childcare property, including vehicles parked in the parking lot.

If an adult arrives to pick up their child and appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the program may request the local police evaluate them to determine fitness to drive.

  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • December 24th
  • December 25th
  • January 1st
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM CONTACT

To register, or for additional questions, please contact:

Chris Shea
Executive Director of Youth Development

cshea@alymca.org

207-795-4095 ext. 204

GROUP EX UPDATE
We will be moving our group exercise equipment at Turner St to a newly renovated space downstairs on Wednesday April 10th.

We will have regular classes Wednesday morning, but this week we're canceling Bootcamp at noon, Yoga at 1:15pm, and Group Power at 5:15pm. We will also be canceling the 5:30am Bootcamp early Thursday.

The first class in the new space downstairs will be 8am Yoga on Thursday April 11th.