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The Y-Pals program is for children grades K-5 attending school at one of the program sites. 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 allow you to pay for only the days you attend! Scholarships are made available to those who qualify through our Strong Kids Program.


YPals at Unit 5 Schools

YPals After School Enrichment is offered at Cedar Ridge Elementary School, Northpoint Elementary School, Carlock Elementary School and Towanda Elementary School. Programming is offered at each site after school and on early dismissal days.


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YPals at Olympia Elementary Schools

YPals After School Enrichment is offered at all Olympia Elementary Schools after school. Programming is offered at each site after school.


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How will my student know how to get to Y Pals after school?

A teacher will escort them after dismissal.


What will my student do at Y Pals?

They will develop character traits including respect, honesty, responsibility, and caring. They will make lasting friendships and improve on their social, emotional, and cognitive abilities. They will be provided a snack, play games, do crafts, work on homework, and other fun S.T.E.M. activities. 

How do I register?

All registrations can be completed online, in-person, or over the phone.

Does my child have to wear a face covering?

Face coverings are highly encouraged, but not required.

Are there any discounts available for this program?

Yes. The YMCA provides an opportunity for all eligible people to participate in our programming through our financial support program or CCRRN. We also offer a multiple child discount: receive 10% off your daily/weekly rate when you enroll a second child into Y PALS, and receive 15% off your daily/weekly rate when you enroll a third child into Y PALS.

Apply for YMCA Financial Support

Apply for Support through CCRRN