Bloomington-Normal YMCA


  • The development of character traits (caring, honesty, respect, responsibility)
  • Improvement of social, emotional, and cognitive behavior
  • Provide a safe and reliable environment that gives parents peace of mind
  • Encourage lasting relationships across all levels with children, parents, and school administration

Cedar Ridge Elementary School (AM: 6:45am-start of school; PM: after school to 5:30pm)

Towanda Elementary School (AM: 6:45am-start of school; PM: after school to 5:30pm)

Olympia North Elementary School (PM only; after school to 5:30pm)

Olympia West Elementary School (PM only; after school to 5:30pm)


The Y-Pals program is for children grades K-5 attending school at one of the program sites (above). The program is implemented by trained and paid YMCA staff many of whom are majoring in Elementary education at Illinois State University or Illinois Wesleyan University.

Parents can expect a consistent structured environment that will include homework help, sports/games, snack, and arts and crafts. Moreover, the Y offers  affordable, flexible payment terms, that allows you to pay for only the days you attend! Scholarships are made available to those who qualify through our Strong Kids Program.


The "hub" for the program meets in the school gymnasium. YMCA staff and program participants also have access to outdoor spaces.

2016 Registration Fee:

$25/child July 11-31;  $35/child Aug 1-12; $40/child after August 12th

Program Fees:

Daily Payment Rates:

YMCA Members: $5.75/AM; $9/PM; $13.50/Both

Prospective Members: $8/AM; $12.50/PM; $20/Both

Weekly Payment Rates:

Towanda and Cedar Ridge:  YMCA Members: $64; Prospective Members: $95

Olympia North and Olympia West: YMCA Members: $42; Prospective Members $60

Click Here for Registration Forms & Checklist 2016

Click Here for Parent Handbook 2016

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