YMCA School Age Program LocationsYMCA

The YMCA provides safe, quality care for children at various sites throughout the Appleton area. Any child age 5 to 12 years is welcome to participate in the program. The program is licensed by the state of Wisconsin under the group child care regulations.

Application info on the School Age Program


The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice by promoting youth, adult and family activities that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.   


YMCA School Age Programs are dedicated to offering a quality and caring experience for children 5-12 years of age.  Programs are designed to accommodate family schedules and offer children a chance to grow and develop in a positive environment conducive to developing skills and values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

YMCA Philosophy of School Age Programs

YMCA School Age Programs are designed to encourage children to build healthy, happy attitudes and to work toward developing competencies and skills through a variety of work and play experiences.  Our goal is to develop the individual child’s positive self-image, creative expression, communication skills, and motion coordination, in an environment that stimulates a desire to learn and have fun.

School Age Program Sites

Before care begins at 6:30 a.m. and after care ends at 6:00 p.m. Care on select days outside of the normal school schedule is available at an additional fee. Children may not arrive prior to the scheduled starting time and Y staff must be present to accept the child.

School Age Site Site Contact Cell Corresponding Organization
Appleton Montessori (920) 209-0101
Berry School (920) 209-0156 YMCA
Classical Charter
(920) 209-5925
Edison School
(920) 209-0160
Ferber School
(920) 209-0154
Franklin School
(920) 209-0171
Houdini School
(920) 209-0152
Huntley School
(920) 209-0174
McKinley School
(920) 209-0155
Richmond School
(920) 209-0169

Activities & Programs

School Age programs provide each child with age appropriate experiences which:

Encourage self-esteem and develop positive self image
Activities include warm staff and child interactions, challenging developmental materials,
consistent daily routine, interesting and diverse activities, positive adult/child and child/child communication, and stressing that each child is valued for individual achievements.

Encourage social interaction
Program activities include creative play, group time, mealtime interaction, community programs, planned family activities, teacher and child initiated activities and music, song and dramatic play.

Encourage self-expression and communication skills
Activities for School Age participants include group activities, storytelling, board games, arts and crafts and other teacher/child initiated activities.

Foster creative expression
Activities include providing creative art materials and play equipment, using constructive toys, experiencing the fine arts through the use of community resources.

Encourage physical development
Large muscle development includes group activities, sports, using playground equipment and offering classes at Y facilities. Small muscle development is enhanced through the use of puzzles, beads, creative art experience, finger play games and more. 

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