Before & After School Programs
As part of its Kidz Zone program, the Greater Joliet Area YMCA partners with school districts throughout Will and Grundy Counties to provide recreational Before and After School activities for students at nearly 50 elementary schools in a variety of local school districts, including:
- Plainfield District 202
- Joliet District 86
- Troy District 30C
- Minooka School District 201
- Morris Elementary School District 54
- Laraway School District
- Union School District 81
Through this unique program, children participate in a balanced program of open play and structured activities, while being supervised by well-trained and caring staff who teach, model, and reinforce the Christian character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Daily activities include arts and crafts, games, recreational play and healthy snacks.
Programming is also available at the Y on days when school is not in session, including holiday and spring breaks. The YMCA's Youth Programs ensure that every child learns positive values and the importance of a commitment to service. In each program, children develop friendships that will last a lifetime. Best of all, the YMCA's Before and After School Programs are AFFORDABLE.
Monday through Friday, on school days
Before School: 7-9 a.m.
After School: 3-6 p.m.
Each branch provides offerings based on the needs of their members.
C.W. Avery Family YMCA
15120 Wallin Drive, Plainfield
(815) 267-8600, ext. 211
Galowich Family YMCA
749 Houbolt Road, Joliet
(815) 744-3939, ext. 315
Morris Community YMCA
Smith Family YMCA
1350 S. Briggs Street, Joliet
(815) 726-3939, ext. 418
Program and Registration Fees:
In our program brochures, you’ll find two fees listed for each program. Full Members receive priority registration and a lower fee on all YMCA programs. Those families who just want to register for individual programs, may do so by purchasing a Program Membership for one low fee each year. Additionally, Program Members pay a higher fee on programs. Click here to learn about the Values of a YMCA membership.
To keep fees the same each month, the annual cost of Kidz Zone is divided equally into 10 payments. The first payment is due upon enrollment and the remaining 9 fees are paid via automatic withdrawal from a checking account. Fees are prorated for students who enroll after the school year begins. Financial Assistance may be available to those in need, please see below for more information.
To register for Kidz Zone, please visit your local YMCA branch and bring the following information:
- Completed registration form for each child
- YMCA membership fee
- $45 registration fee per child
- First installment per child (the remaining 9 fees are paid via automatic withdrawal from a checking account - see brochure or your branch for further details)
If you have recently experienced a life change such as job loss or increased medical expenses, you are not alone! The YMCA is here to serve you and strengthen our community during tough economic times. Through our financial assistance program, you may qualify to receive assistance for you & your family to participate in the YMCA at a reduced rate. Thanks to our generous donors who contribute to the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign, assistance is made available to those in need (subject to facility and program capacity and available funds).
Child Care Resource and Referral
The YMCA accepts payment from Child Care Resource and Referral and other third party providers. We ask that all families apply first through CCRR, so that YMCA scholarship dollars can be utilized for those who do not qualify for such funds; allowing more children to attend YMCA summer camp.
The YMCA receives grant dollars from the Lambert Fund to send children to camp at the Avery and Galowich branches. Funds from the Community Foundation of Grundy County, the City of Morris and the Morris Rotary Club help provide scholarships to Morris Day Camp. Additionally, dollars raised from the YMCA’s Giving Gala provide dollars for children at the Avery branch to go to camp.
Central City Programs
The Cental City YMCA, a “YMCA without walls” provides subsidized programs during the after school hours through funding by the United Way of Will County and other generous donors. Their generosity allows the YMCA to provide children Joliet District 86 and Laraway schools with safe and structured activities during the often dangerous afterschool hours. Teen Achievers, held at the Joliet Township High Schools, a choral program held at Laraway school and the Youth Basketball and Cheerleading program are a few of the popular programs offered at this branch. See the Central City page and the Mission and Values tab for additional information.
We Need Your Help
Funds from the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign help keep Kidz Zone fees low. It additionally provides financial assistance to those in need. Requests for Financial Assistance are higher than average due to these tough economic times. Please help us ensure all parents in need of YMCA Before and After school programs are provided services and that their children have the fun, enriching school year they deserve. Donate today!
For Kindergartners at select schools, the YMCA offers the K-Kidz program at the Galowich location to help parents with care during the additional time their Kindergartner is not in school. For children attending both MORNING & AFTERNOON KINDERGARTEN, the YMCA provides transportation from many area schools. Children can join the Kidz Zone portion for the rest of their day, if needed. Please send a lunch and drink each day. The YMCA will provide a nutritious snack!