Imagine where we can go.
Invent new ways to engage.
Inspire the younger generation.

The YMCA of Southern Arizona’s Before & After School program expands learning beyond the classroom. Children are celebrated for their uniqueness and provided with multiple opportunities for growth and development through a variety of activities.

Children are natural-born engineers, who tend to be fascinated by building things and taking things apart to see how they work. Our goal is to expand on their learning by emphasizing the engineering design process which is a methodical approach to problem seeking and encourages children to start by asking a question, imagine the possibilities, plan a course of action, execute the plan and then brainstorm how to improve.

Though often affiliated with just science and math, the engineering design process can be applied to meet a variety of child interests. The following 9 exploratory components will be integrated into the program throughout the school year: 21st Century Skills, the Arts, College and Career Readiness, Family and Parent Engagement, Global Learning and Inclusion, Health and Wellness, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development and Service Learning. Homework assistance, snack and physical activity are provided daily.

We aim to create an inclusive environment at each of our sites that supports self-confidence, encourages creativity, emphasizes team work and develops future leaders.

Please note:  We are currently holding a waitlist at most after school locations.  If you do not see the location listed on website, please email for more information. Thank you!

If you receive DES child care assistance, click here, for more information prior to registering.

Register now!

Registration Dates:

July 5th, 2021*

Serving ages:

5 years to 12 years


Academy of Tucson: 
9209 E Wrightstown Rd. Tucson, AZ 85715
After School to 6:00pm P TBD

Fruchthendler Elementary School: 
7470 E Cloud Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750
6:30am to Before School & After School to 6:00pm P 520-300-3522

VAIL SCHOOL DISTRICT* (Registration is currently open):

9950 Rees Loop, Tucson AZ, 85747
After School – 1:05pm to 6:00pm P 520-419-2092

Desert Willow: Not Currently Offering for Fall 2021
9400 E Esmond Loop, Tucson, AZ 85747
After School – 1:30pm to 6:00pm P 520-981-9387

Ocotillo Ridge:
10170 S White Lightning Ln, AZ 85747
After School – 1:15pm to 6:00pm P 520-419-0086

The following locations will provide transportation for certain schools:

Bus Schedule

Jacobs/City YMCA:
1010 W Lind St. Tucson, AZ 85705
After School to 6:00pm P 520-419-3788

Mulcahy/City YMCA:
5085 S Nogales Hwy. Tucson, AZ 85706
6:30am to Before School & After School to 6:00pm  P 520-838-0936

Ott Family YMCA:
401 S Prudence Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710
After School to 6:00pm  P 520-419-1521

program dates:

Program dates will vary based on school schedules.

weekly After School pricing:* 

Facility Members: $80/week (3-5 days)

Program Members: $85/week (3-5 days)

*Before school and part time programming not available at all sites, please check the Site Details for exact pricing. Tiered Pricing is not available for Before and After School programming.

school’s out? Check out our Ykids page for more information.

YKIDS & School breaks


  • Click the “Register Now!” button
  • On the program registration page, click on “Before and After” to navigate to the program area.
  • On the left of the page choose the location.
  • Choose and click which program you would like to register for.
  • You will then be prompted to login, find your account or create an account.  If you have an active facility or program membership, you will be able to register your child.

If you receive DES assistance, click here for more information on how to register. DES is not available at the Northwest YMCA program location.

Need to cancel? Click here after you review our cancellation policies in the Guardian Handbook (located under guardian resources).