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2024 Y Explore Afterschool Registration Dates

Current Participants: Wednesday, May 1
Open Registration: Wednesday, May 15

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Y Explore Afterschool Programs include a recently reimagined curriculum that is innovative, learner-centered, and includes programmed activities, club activities, and imagination stations to align with the YMCA’s strategic plan goals for career awareness and skill building for grades K through 5.

Each month at Y Explore, monthly themes connect curriculum and club activities, tying everything together for a cohesive afterschool experience. Y Explore programs support language and literacy, particularly for K - 3rd graders, as well as offering a focus on STEAM activities. Financial literacy programs are also included at all afterschool sites.

What You'll Find at Y Explore

Engaging & Enhanced Curriculum

  • Monthly Themes
  • Imagination Station
  • Afterschool Clubs
  • Specialized Program Activities
  • Focus on Career Exploration 
  • Healthy Living Components & Activities
  • Power of 30/45 Homework Time
  • Open to YMCA Facility Members & Program Members in Pre-K through 8th grade
  • Y Afterschool Programs are offered Monday to Friday from school dismissal to 6:30 pm when school is in session
  • Full-time and part-time options are available.
  • YMCA Afterschool is a CAPS provider.
  • The Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA of Atlanta does not accept CAPS for the afterschool program due to being a completely free program to all families.
  • Financial assistance is available. Click here to learn more.
  • Curriculum developed in partnership with Mount Vernon Ventures, experts in design thinking and curriculum development.
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Social Emotional Learning                          
The YMCA has partnered with WINGS for Kids to provide kids foundational life skills by integrating social emotional learning in all afterschool programs.

Evaluation For Continuous Growth 
In order to understand progress and build on success and growth for each child, evaluation is an important part of Y Explore. Our partners at Hello Insight work with us to evaluate outcomes for positive youth development. 

Caring & Quality Staff
Each Y Explore location is staffed 1:18 staff to child ratio. 

Holiday & Summer Day Camps
Y Explore offers full-day camp on days when school is out during school breaks and summer. Camps are held at YMCA locations and available for all Y Explore participants. 


Y Explore Afterschool and Clubs are sponsored by

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Afterschool Clubs

Y Explore offers afterschool clubs with a wide-range of focus areas for k-5 students. 

Center Stage - For Theatre & Drama Lovers
Civic Connections - Community Service Adventures
Cultural Crossroads - Culture & Diversity Club
Design Den - Exploring the Arts
Full STEAM Ahead - Focus on Everything STEAM
Outdoor Adventures - For Nature Exploration 
Page Turners - Focusing on Reading & Books
Top Score - Learn & Play Sports

Monthly Afterschool Themes

August - Trade Jobs
September - Community & Citizenship 
October - Food Industry Careers
November - Countries Around the World 
December - Kid Boss
January - Innovation & Invention 
February - Animals of All Kinds
March - Sports & Athletics 
April - Exploring the Arts
May - Environmental Science & The Outdoors


To register for Y Explore Afterschool, please complete this TWO-STEP PROCESS: 

  2. Complete the registration packet for your location by clicking the button below. Print out the packet, fill it in, and return the packet to your location. If you do not have access to a printer, come to the Y and we'll print it out for you!

Registration for Fall 2024 opens on Wednesday, May 1 for returning participants, and Wednesday, May 15 for all.

Returning Participant Registration Form
Access the English Form Here
Access the Spanish Form Here

Y Explore Programs help your child...

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Grow Their Desire to Learn
Through new activities, exciting afterschool clubs and interesting topics, learning becomes fun - something to get excited about.
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Gain Critical Thinking Skills
STEAM activities, study assistance and learning new healthy habits all help kids to enhance their cognitive powers at Y Explore!
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Enhance Social Emotional Skills
Focusing on social emotional learning, the Y helps kids understand how feelings affect behaviors and how to handle big feelings.
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Improve Motivation & Mastery
Building confidence and self-esteem helps motivate kids, improve school performance, and increase potential to attain academic success.

My daughter LOVES the Y Afterschool program. I like that she has an opportunity to play outside and use her imagination during Afterschool. She is in first grade and I'm not as concerned with her doing homework after school as I am with her being active, having fun, and interacting with other children.

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Afterschool FAQs
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Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA
Keisha Scott - - 404-724-9622

Cowart Family YMCA
Cassie Rivers - - 770-451-9622
Maya Ferguson - - 770-451-9622

Covington Family YMCA
Bethany Huff - - 770-787-3908

East Lake Family YMCA
Davonne Tillman - - 404-370-5640
Mariyln Latham - - 404-373-6561

Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA 
Toshiba Butler - - 770-663-3546
Rasul Yamungu - - 770-663-3547

Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA 
Katie Kufeld - - 770-246-9622

McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA
Shadae Shamapande - - 770-977-5991

Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead 
Cydni White - - 404-350-9292

South Dekalb Family YMCA
Taylor Dacres - 

J.M. Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA 
Olivia Chandler - - 770-963-1313

The Villages at Carver Family YMCA
Tatyana Ferguson - - 404-635-9622

Wade Walker Park Family YMCA
Jamal Greene - - 678-781-9622

Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA 
Brittani Owens - - 404-523-9622

Summit Family YMCA
Andrea Black - - 770-254-5944

$85 Full-Time or $45 Part-Time 
Special Free/Reduced Lunch Rate: $55 Full-time
CAPS & Financial Assistance Available 

YMCA Branch Locations: In our Y branch afterschool, the Y picks up from local elementary schools and transports back the YMCA. Parents will pick up their children at the YMCA.

Onsite at Local Schools: The YMCA offers Afterschool at several onsite school locations at participating school districts - Fulton County Schools and Gwinnett County Schools.

Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA

Schools (program on site):
College Park
Hamilton E. Holmes

Buses to the Y from:
Bunche Middle
Continental Colony
L.O. Kimberly
Young Middle

Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA

Centennial Academy
Kindezi Old 4th Ward

Buses to the Y From:
Centennial Academy

Program Held at School
Kendezi at Old Fourth Ward

Cowart Family YMCA

On-site at school:
Dunwoody Springs
High Point

Buses to the Y from school:

Covington Family YMCA

Buses to the Y from:
East Newton

East Lake Family YMCA

Program held at school:
Ivy Prep Academy

Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

Abbotts Hill Elementary School
Barnwell Elementary School
Birmingham Falls Elementary School
Cogburn Woods Elementary School
Creek View Elementary School
Dolvin Elementary School
Esther Jackson Elementary School
Findley Oaks Elementary School
Hembree Springs Elementary School
Hillside Elementary School
Manning Oaks Elementary School
Medlock Bridge Elementary School
Mimosa Elementary School
New Prospect Elementary School
Northwood Elementary School
River Eves Elementary School
Shakerag Elementary School
State Bridge Crossing Elementary School
Summit Hill Elementary School
Sweet Apple Elementary School
Vickery Mill Elementary School
Wilson Creek Elementary School

J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA

Buses to Y from School:
Cedar Hill
Winn Holt

Program Held at School:

Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA

Buses to the Y From:
Berkley Lake

Programs Held at School:

Summit Family YMCA

Buses to the Y from:
Jefferson Parkway Elementary
Newnan Crossing Elementary
Welch Elementary
White Oak Elementary

Villages at Carver Family YMCA

Buses to the Y from:
Dunbar Elementary
Wesley International Academy
Slater Elementary

Wade Walker Park Family YMCA

Buses to the Y from these schools:
Allgood Elementary
Champion Theme Middle
Dunaire Elementary
Pine Ridge Elementary
Princeton Elementary
Redan Elementary
Redan Middle
Rockbridge Elementary
Shadow Rock Elementary
Stephenson Middle
Stone Mountain Elementary
Wynbrook Elementary

Click here for a printable version of the locations list in English and Spanish.

Y Explore follows the school district calendar and will operate on days school is in session.

Monday - Friday, time of dismissal until 6:30 pm *some locations close at 6 pm.

Most Y Explore Programs are for kids K – 5th Grade. However, some programs provide care for Pre-K and middle school (GCPS)

All Afterschool registration can be done online by clicking the button at the top of this page, or below. You can also register in-person at your Y except for the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA which is online only. Please reach out to your Y for assistance.

Register Now

Registering for Y Explore is a commitment from the first day of enrollment until end of the school year. The first week or month and a deposit of $1 for each future month is required at the time of registration for each future month.

Afterschool payment will be set up at time of registration for auto charge or invoicing. Monthly Tuition is based on number of weeks in the month. There is an option for monthly and/or weekly payments. All payments are due two weeks prior month/week tuition.

A two week written notice must be received at the Y Branch in order to withdrawal from afterschool program.

For any questions or help, please reach out to your Y’s specific point of contact.

We believe every child and family should have the opportunity to participate in any Y program. Those not able to pay the full fee may be awarded partial financial assistance based on their ability to pay and the Y’s ability to fund the subsidy.

The YMCA also accepts third party payment from other organizations that help families in need. Many of our Y locations currently accept DFCS (CAPS) payments. Please contact your local branch and case worker first before enrolling your child in Y Day Camp.

To begin an application for financial assistance, please contact the branch program director.

  • Completed Registration Packet
  • Copy of your child’s shot records on the school health form (3231)
  • Parent/Guardian notification of child’s school of attending YMCA Explore Program

East Lake Family YMCA’s Youth & Teen Development Center
1765 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Wade Walker Park Family YMCA
5605 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30088


Summit Family YMCA
1765 East Hwy 34, Newnan, GA 30265


Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA
2220 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA
555 Luckie Street, Atlanta, GA 30313

Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead
1160 Moores Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30327

Cowart Family YMCA
3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319

Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA
3655 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005

The Villages at Carver Family YMCA
1600 Pryor Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30315


J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA
2985 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA
5600 W. Jones Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


Covington Family YMCA
2140 Newton Drive, Covington, GA 30014

Click here for a printable PDF with complete information to share in both English & Spanish.