The Y Club Before and After School Enrichment Program provides a high quality, safe, convenient, recreational childcare environment for children regardless of ability.


The Y Club incorporates nine defined components as a way to intentionally foster holistic youth development through a range of activities focused on helping youth achieve, build relationships and feel like they belong, all while having fun! Open communication and collaboration with the school regarding your child’s behavior and individual needs will be ongoing.

  • State Licensed for ages 5 through 12 years
  • Conveniently located at your child’s school near you
  • Offered as early as 6:15 am; as late as 6 pm
  • Trained, caring, professional staff
  • Activities focused on fun, learning, and developing a positive self-image

Our Philosophy

  • To provide quality care for children, regardless of socio/economic background
  • To support and strengthen the family unit
  • To help children develop to their fullest potential
  • To deliver the program in a positive Y environment of safety, support and care.
  • To ensure and enforce a zero tolerance policy regarding Child Abuse and Neglect


Y afterschool programs foster each child's cognitive, social-emotional and physical development through opportunities and experiences which focus on achievement, relationships, and belonging.

The planning of each activity is offered in a physically and emotionally safe environment consistent with evidence-based principles of youth development: each child is encouraged to develop at his or her own unique rate by encouraging skill development and frequent leadership opportunities.

Jefferson County Y Club parents say:

"I like having a safe place for my child where she can interact with other children and not be on her phone. I like that there are physical activities and healthy snacks offered. I like that she has time for homework and reading."

"My daughter looks forward to going to Y Club after school. She loves playing outside when the weather permits and she adores her teachers. Y Club has been wonderful."

"I like that he gets to participate in different activities with a variety of different age kids. He's really shy and that helps him open up. And he feels good about getting to participate."

"They have time to socialize and play with friends. They also enjoy being in the program. I am very thankful for it because without the program I would not be able to make it to and from work on time. The program has been beneficial to my whole family."

Contact Us


Branch Email Address

Child Care Registrar
Kelley Gore


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Registration Information

The non-refundable, non-transferable registration fee must be paid to hold your space.

Reserve a spot with a non-refundable deposit, and submit necessary forms for 3rd party payments or financial assistance.

To guarantee attendance on the first day of school, you must register at least two weeks prior to that date. Registration is first come, first served and space is limited. To comply with state licensing regulations, additional enrollment forms are required.

Please note that children will not be able to attend child care programs until written or verbal confirmation is received from the YMCA.


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Parent Handbook


The Gateway Region YMCA Parent Handbook will assist you in understanding the philosophy, policies, and procedures of our Child Care Programs. Please read the handbook carefully and retain it for future reference.

Parent Handbook


5 Day Weekly Before School After School Before & After School Individual Registration Fee Family Registration Fee
Member Fee $50 $55 $75 ($30 discount)* $25 $25
Nonmember Fee $70 $75 $100 ($45 discount)* $25 $25

*YMCA will apply before and after school discount after registration

All pricing subject to change

3775 Athena School Rd
De Soto, MO 63020

Our Y Club program at Athena Elementary offers before and after school care for grades K-6 weekdays following the Desoto School District calendar.

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1500 Mid-Meadow Lane
Festus, MO 63028

Our Y Club program at Festus Elementary offers before and after school care for grades K-5 weekdays following the Festus R-VI School District calendar.

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101 Leon Hall Parkway Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050

Our Y Club program at Hillsboro Primary offers before and after school care for grades K-6 weekdays following the Hillsboro R-3 School District calendar.

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30 Main Street
Pevely, MO 63070

Our Y Club program at Pevely Elementary offers before and after school care for grades K-5 weekdays following the Dunklin R-V School District calendar.

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Begin Your Career in Child Care

If you have talent, knowledge, and passion for working with children - and you want to work in an organization where you will be rewarded with opportunities to serve, it's time to learn more about what the Gateway Region YMCA has to offer.