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Before & Afterschool Care

YMCA of Orange County

Why YMCA: We believe that building strong children and families will strengthen the foundation of our communities. The YMCA provides an inclusive before and after school care program that supports the needs and priorities of the child, the family, and the school. Our programs facilitate the development of the whole child through meaningful experiences, programs, and collaborations that build relationships and a sense of community.  

Our programs include:

  • Before school care on campus beginning at 6:45 am and after school until 6:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Plus (at some locations)
  • Y Enrichment Clubs
  • Homework Support
  • Fitness & Sports
  • Holiday/Summer Camps
  • Special Needs Support

With 30+ years of quality experience in CUSD, we are proud to offer a safe place that children can extend their learning, excel and make new friends.

“As a parent, I love knowing that my child is in a safe and fun program where she is growing as a person and a learner.” YMCA Parent

“The Y has treated my son and I both like family, and we consider them the same. With open arms and smiles, we are greeted every time.” YMCA Parent

“The staff does all it can to support our students ‘academic, social and emotional growth.” CUSD Principal


Please contact Carole Fitzpatrick, Child Care Director for pricing options.

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Operating Hours

Below are various operating hours for the YMCA at Palisades:

  • 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. (All interested YMCA students. Kindergarten students stay until 9:15 a.m.)
  • 9:15 a.m. (Late owl kindergartners escorted to kindergarten classrooms by a YMCA staff member.)
  • 1:08 p.m. (Late owl kindergartners students escorted to the YMCA in room 37 by a YMCA staff member.)
  • 2:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m./12:50 p.m. on Tuesdays (1st – 5th grade students)
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Enrollment: 4 Easy Steps to Register!
  1. Complete the Contact Us form here.
  2. Your designated school’s Site Director will contact you to answer your questions.
  3. Download and Complete the New Student Registration Packet 
  4. Select your start day! Begin your Y adventure!


Financial Assistance

We understand the challenges of life and believe that the ability to pay should not limit you from providing the best possible care for your children. The YMCA offers financial assistance to those who qualify.  Learn more about the options and how they may help you.


  1. Complete the application 

  2. Attach all supporting financial information:
    • 3 most recent pay stubs for each household member who is currently employed
    • Unemployment statements for each household member over 18 who is currently receiving benefits
    • Child support or Alimony for each household member over 18 as applicable
    • SSI or Disability Statements for each household member over 18 who is currently receiving benefits
  3. Submit completed form and supporting documentation toCarole Fitzpatrick, Child Care Director
Laguna Niguel Family YMCA Health & Fitness Center

If you are a member of the Palisades YMCA you also receive 50% off Family Membership at our local Laguna Niguel Family YMCA Health & Fitness Center. This includes membership for your entire family for only $42 a month! Membership includes full use of the gym, group exercise classes (such as Zumba, Bodypump, and Yoga), basketball courts, and KidZone. Further details here.