Learn. Grow. Thrive.
Y-ACES is an EEC licensed childcare program for Grades K-4 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 a 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 counselor or smaller and all staff members have been CORI and SORI checked.
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 afterschool experience. 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.
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
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.
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. (Click here for the and.) Limited financial aid is available. For more information please call Megan Shaughnessy, Childcare Services Director (978) 249-3305 x160.
Please see the Y-ACES Parent Manual for days we are closed.
Y-ACES Enrollment Packet (PDF)