Athol Area YMCA
545 Main Street | Athol, MA 01331
P.978.249.3305 | F.978.249.4009


Program Time:

Monday-Friday: from end of school bell-5:45PM

Vacation Camps(all day care): 7:45AM-5:45PM

Half Day Care: from end of school bell-5:45PM

Program Location:

ACES; the Athol Community Elementary School

Program Ages:

Grades K-5

Program Cost:
  • 5 days: $90/week
  • 4 days: $72/week
  • 3 days: $58/week
  • 2 days: $40/week
Contact Info:

Megan Shaughnessy  x160




For children in grades K – 5 held at the Athol Community Elementary School

Y-ACES is an EEC licensed childcare program for Grades K-5 where children have fun, learn new
skills and ideas, and make good friends in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Out-of- school
time is filled with range of hands-on experiences such as sports and games, arts and crafts,
clubs, and cooking.


Our caring adult staff is committed to helping every child grow in self-confidence and develop
healthy relationships while at the Y. We also work to nurture in the children the YMCA values of
caring, honesty, responsibility and respect. We maintain a ratio of 13 children per educator or
smaller and all staff members have been CORI and SORI checked.

Licensing Agency

The Y-ACES program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
(EEC) and is mandated to uphold all EEC rules and regulations pertaining to school age childcare
licensing. Our school age program operates for the school year and part of the summer.

Hours of Operation

Y-ACES is open year round with the exception of a few holidays. Children from the Athol
Community Elementary School and the Royalston Community School are able to take part in
this vibrant after-school experience. School day hours are from the end of school until 5:45 PM,
with pickup occurring between 5:00 and 5:45 PM. Hours during school vacations, holidays and
other school closing days are 7:45 AM – 5:45 PM. We are also open during school Early Release
Days. Nutritious snacks and drinks aligned to HEPA standards are provided. A typical daily
schedule is:
3:00 – 3:10 Arrival
3:10 – 3:30 Group 1 Snack and Homework/Group 2 Physical Activity
3:30 – 3:50 Group 1 Physical Activity/Group 2 Snack and Homework
3:50 – 4:00 Transition Games
4:00 – 4:45 21 st Century Community Learning Center Groups/Friday STEM
4:45 – 5:15 Creative Activities
5:15 – 5:35 Physical Activity
5:35 – 5:45 Cleanup and Dismissal

Enrollment Options and Prices

Children enrolled in the Y-ACES have the following enrollment options:
5 days: $90/week
4 days: $72/week
3 days: $58/week
2 days: $40/week
A YMCA youth membership is included for children enrolled three or more days per week. For
children enrolled 3 or more days per week, there is no additional fee for early release and
professional development days. Vacation weeks follow a different pay schedule and are $24
per day enrolled. Children who are not enrolled in the Y-ACES may attend vacation weeks,
holidays and other school closing days for $29 per day.
Space is limited in both the school year Y~ACES and Summer Day Camp programs. Registration
forms must be completed prior to enrollment and attendance. Registration forms and Parent
Manuals are available at the front desk of the YMCA and online. Limited financial aid is
available. Please see the Y-Aces Parent Manual for days we are closed.