Afterschool Registration is Open!

Dates Offered: Weekly from August 29, 2022-May 30 2023
Ages served:  Grades K-8th
Hours of Operation:  5 days per week from school dismissal through 6:00pm

Review the details by branch below and click to register for Afterschool!

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Excel After the Bell!

The YMCA is committed to providing children with a safe and positive experience while promoting unity, acceptance, and fostering a sense of self. Our Afterschool program reinforces academics through a variety of fun and engaging structured activities, and provides time for homework, a snack, and physical activities and sports. Our trained staff strives to create an environment that supports children and their individual needs.

The YMCA Afterschool program follows the Gaston County Schools calendar.  Students must register a week prior to attending. Each Wednesday is the registration deadline to participate the following week.

Transportation provided for most schools. See branch information for exceptions.

Registration and Fees

5 Days per Week
YMCA Members $70   |   Program Participants $103

One time only $15 Registration fee + $10 PlayerSpace fee are due at time of registration. (Read more about PlayerSpace below)

Weekly payments are drafted on the Friday prior to the start of the week.


Cherryville Afterschool

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 
112 Mt Zion Church Rd, Cherryville 28021


Beam Intermediate School
Cherryville Elementary School
Chavis Middle School

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Pharr Afterschool 

Pharr Family YMCA
208 Main St, McAdenville 28101


Brookside Elementary School
Cramerton Middle School
Gardner Park Elementary School
Holbrook Middle School
Lowell Elementary School
McAdenville Elementary School
New Hope Elementary School

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Stowe Afterschool 

Stowe Family YMCA
196 YMCA Dr, Belmont 28012


Belmont Central Elementary School
Belmont Middle School
Catawba Heights Elementary School
Ida Rankin Elementary School
Mt. Holly Middle School
North Belmont Elementary School
Page Primary School
Pinewood Elementary School

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Warlick Afterschool 

Warlick Family YMCA
2221 Robinwood Rd, Gastonia 28054


Grier Middle School
Hawk’s Nest Elementary School
Piedmont Charter School
Pleasant Ridge Elementary
Robinson Elementary School
Sherwood Elementary School*
Southwest Middle School
WA Bess Elementary School
Woodhill Elementary School
York-Chester Middle School

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Out of School Days

The Gaston County Family YMCA offers child care options for school-aged children while Gaston County Schools are out for schedule breaks like Spring Break and Holidays. Please take a moment to review the dates available.

Out-of-school days are not included in Afterschool registration or pricing. Out-of-school days require separate/additional registration to secure your child’s spot.

View Out-Of-School-Day Care Options


Additional Information


Weekly updates, highlights, and specific weekly details are sent via email through a system called PlayerSpace. Please ensure that you register with an accurate, frequently checked email account in order to receive all our important program communication. We are as invested as you are in ensuring you get all the details you need to make your week run smoothly. If you are not receiving emails, please check your spam or junk filter and then make “playerspace” an approved sender. Follow us on FB, Insta for special highlights.

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Every single YMCA employee is thoroughly background checked, qualified, caring, CPR Certified, and Basic Safety Certified. 


What if my school is not listed here?

  • If your school is not listed, the YMCA can not serve your child with transportation to fill your afterschool needs at this time. By filling out this Interest form/waitlist we may be able to offer Afterschool transportation to your location in the near future!
  • Parents/guardians are welcome to transport their child to the YMCA to participate in the program. Please contact us to confirm this option. 


Financial Assistance is available to YMCA Members. These funds are raised during the Annual Giving Campaign. We encourage people to complete the online application process. The process is simple and confidential.

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