The YMCA is the largest provider of childcare and school age programs in Texas, as well as the nation. When you become a part of the YMCA, you are joining a movement, not just a childcare program. That movement strives to impact our communities locally as a not for profit that can serve families from birth to adulthood and beyond. No other organization can claim to impact as many children and families as we do every day in our programs, camps and branches. Our history in North Texas spans 129 years of meeting the needs of our families and we are excited for the opportunity to meet your family in our Afterschool program.

YMCA Afterschool is a place where your child can learn while having fun with friends in a safe and nurturing environment. With values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility as our guide, we work with every child to help them realize their true potential.

Our school age programs are licensed by the Texas Department Family & Protective Services (TDFPS) and operate at a 1:15 staff to student ratio (well below the ratio of 1 to 26 required by the state of Texas).

Our program consists of three key components; Academic Support, Physical Fitness and Nutrition, and Special Interest Centers.

  • Academic Support includes homework time and hands on fun exploration of traditional subject matter.
  • Fun & Fitness focuses on increasing physical activity and spotlighting nutrition in our grub clubs.
  • Exploration Stations allow kids to explore and pursue their specific areas of interest through clubs, projects and special interest centers.



See what our movement is all about by clicking the links below. Check back often to see updates and videos of the YMCA impact on youth development at home and across the nation!

Click here to view the YMCA of the USA's Youth Development Roadmap.



Affordable Care and Financial Assistance

While we try to make our after school care program affordable for everyone, we understand that cost may be a barrier for some families. We encourage you to apply for financial assistance if you find that you may have difficulties in paying your program fees. Click here to download the application and begin the process.

The registration and weekly enrollment fee may vary by district and/or school.



Part-Time Care

Part-time care,  is available at select after school locations. Please see After School Care Locations & Rates to see if part-time care is offered at your school district.

To register for part-time care, please download the Enrollment Packet and submit to your local YMCA or After School Care office at 1621 W. Walnut Hill Ln., Irving, TX 75038 or fax to 214-871-3014, Attn: AFTERSCHOOL CARE.



Afterschool Staff

Our staff is carefully selected and screened.  Each staff person receives over 30 hours of training annually in topics that span child development to curriculum delivery and much more.  All staff must pass a criminal background check, FBI fingerprint background check and character reference checks. In some districts, we also collaborate with local schools to employ teachers and para-professionals to assist with homework time and clubs.



Afterschool Locations

The majority of our programs are located at an elementary school campus. A select few programs are offered at the local YMCA branch. Click here to find out if we have a program at your child's school or transport to a campus or branch near your school.



A Day at the YMCA


Click here to find out more about our curriculum and daily activities in the following districts;

Anna ISD, Celina ISD, Frisco ISD, Imagine International Academy of North Texas McKinney.


Click here to find out more about our curriculum and daily activities in the following districts;

Coppell ISD, Dallas ISD, Ennis ISD, Forney ISD, Irving ISD, Midlothian ISD and Waxahachie ISD.

Private - The Lamplighter School

Charter Schools - International Leadership of Texas Garland and Manara Academy Irving.



  • Join a Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Parents and YMCA staff come together to share ideas and suggestions regarding program content and quality, enrichment programs and other items of interest.


  • Let your child strut their stuff at one of three culminating events


  • You are also invited to become a part of the YMCA Annual Campaign, where parents and other volunteers help raise money to provide scholarships for families who would not otherwise be able to participate in our programs.


Download a Volunteer Application or contact your Program Director or local branch to find out more about opportunities to help us serve your community!