Afterschool Programs

The Y’s afterschool programs make the most of your child’s afterschool time by offering active learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds. Students take part in a variety of structured activities and participate in active play while also getting homework support and positive social interactions. Our afterschool programs serve students across Evanston/Skokie from Kindergarten through 8th grade and are housed in 3 locations: the McGaw YMCA Children’s Center, McGaw YMCA Main Building, and McGaw YMCA at Family Focus.

Afterschool Programs

School's Out Afterschool Program (Grades K-5)

School's Out is the Y's trusted afterschool program that gives your child the opportunity to participate in active play and collaborate on fun projects while getting the afterschool academic support they need. Participants enjoy a daily snack, homework help, activity centers, group games, and can participate in a variety of Focus Area enrichment activities. Swim Lessons at the Polliwog, Advanced Polliwog and Guppy swim levels are included - contact us for details!

School’s Out is open on all regular District 65 school days, and we offer programming on most District 65 non-attendance days and during Winter and Spring Break (add-on fees apply).

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th
Hours: School Dismissal - 6:00 p.m.

Program Locations:
McGaw YMCA Children's Center
McGaw YMCA at Family Focus

Registration Fee: $100 new / $50 returning
Program Fee (5 days/week): $405/month (M) / $445/month (NM)

Transportation to the YMCA School’s Out program is provided for students in Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools on days when school is in session and on school improvement days (half days). Visit the D65 website for details.

Holiday Add-On

$80 / $90 Member Fee / Non-Member Fee

  • D65 non-attendance days (full & half).

Super Holiday Add-On

$140 / $155 Member Fee / Non-Member Fee

  • D65 non-attendance days (full & half) PLUS Winter & Spring Break Camps.

MetaMedia Afterschool Program (Grades 6-8)

MetaMedia is the Y's digital media center and maker education program designed for middle-school youth. The MetaMedia Afterschool program features a curriculum based in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), social emotional learning, and creative explorations. Participants enjoy a daily snack, homework help, activity centers, physical activity, and field trips.

MetaMedia Afterschool is open on all regular District 65 school days.

Grades: 6th - 8th
Hours: School Dismissal - 6:00 p.m.

Program Locations:
McGaw YMCA Main Building
McGaw YMCA at Family Focus

Program Fee: Affordable and flexible pricing - contact us to learn more!

To enroll, call the McGaw YMCA MetaMedia team at 847-475-7400 ext. 196, or send an email to Teyona James-Harris at [email protected].

We're Here to Help

If you need more information or have questions, please email our team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. For immediate assistance, call 847-475-8580.

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