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Afterschool CentralWelcome to Afterschool Central at the Stratford Richardson YMCA!

Afterschool Central is your one-stop information center providing all the details you need to help you understand our program’s procedures, policies, schedules and more. We strive to create a hassle-free experience where parents feel secure about their kids in our care. Take a moment to review this information and set your child up for a wonderful year of learning, growth and fun. We hope Afterschool at the Y will be one of the best parts of your child’s school year!


Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook
Schedule / Calendar
Food / Snack Info
Pick Up
Authorized Pick-Up
Payment Procedures
Contact Us


Parent Handbook
Parent Handbook
This is your go-to guide for everything you and your child need to know to be prepared and have an awesome Afterschool experience! Read the Parent Handbook >>
Stratford Richardson YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers transportation to and/or from a limited number of schools. The determination of transportation is based upon mileage, first come, first-served and time availability. Most students qualify for transportation through Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, so all CMS parents must contact the school to complete an “Alternate Transportation Request” listing the Stratford Richardson YMCA as the intended “AM stop” or “PM stop”. Alternate Stop Request Form >>
  • Before School Care | 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Afterschool Care | 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Out of School Day/Camp | 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Our program coordinates with the CMS School Calendar in regards to teacher work days, holidays and student breaks.
  • August 28: First Day of School
  • September 4: Closed for Labor Day
  • September 22: Out of School Day
  • October 30: Out of School Day
  • November 10: Out of School Day
  • November 22 - 24: Closed for Thanksgiving
  • December 20 - 21: Out of School Day (Winter Break)
  • December 22 - 26: Closed for Christmas
  • December 27 - 29: Out of School Day (Winter Break)
  • January 1: Closed for New Year’s Day
  • January 2: Out of School Day (Winter Break)
  • January 15: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 22: Out of School Day
  • February 19: Closed for President’s Day
  • March 29: Out of School Day (Spring Break)
  • March 30: Closed for Good Friday
  • April 2: Closed for Easter
  • April 3 - 6: Out of School Day (Spring Break)
  • May 28: Closed for Memorial Day
With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, program and activity options include:
  • Healthy Eating & Physical Activity (HEPA)
  • Literacy Program (Kidz Lit)
  • Homework Assistance
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Outdoor Time
  • Devotion
  • Health & Wellness
  • Snacks
  • Character Development
  • Swimming
Food / Snack Info
A healthy snack is provided to our students on a daily basis that meets the standards of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. If a parent chooses to send a snack with their child we ask that it is healthy and is of the correct serving proportion. 
We value regular communication with our parents and want to keep you informed of all that’s happening in our program from important reminders to program highlights. Check back here monthly to read our newsletter with scheduled activities, events and Out of School Day information. December Newsletter >>
Pick Up 
All children must be signed in daily – an Afterschool team member will be responsible for checking the children “in” on normal afterschool days when they arrive by their prospective buses. If a parent is dropping a child off they must come in to see the team member for sign “in”. The Parent or Persons Authorized to pick up a child must sign each child “out”. Sign in/out happens daily in the parent corner located in the lobby by the Afterschool wing.
For the Before School Care or Full-Day programs, Parents must bring the child in and sign them “in” with the Afterschool team member. The Parent or Persons Authorized to pick up a child must sign them “out”. The sign in/out sheet will be located at the Afterschool Parent Corner.
For the safety of your child, participants will only be released to the legal guardian or responsible adult at least 18 years of age listed on the child’s registration form. Every adult must present a photo ID during rides out.  In the event that a child will be picked up by an adult not listed on the registration form, a parent note (including the person's name as it appears on their photo ID) is required and a photo ID must be shown during rides out. Thank you for helping to expedite this process by having your ID ready.
Early pick-ups are considered prior to 4:00 PM. We encourage you to leave your child in afterschool until the day ends so they will not miss out on any activities that day. We understand that there will be exceptions and when these occur, please send a note to your child’s counselor. 
In fairness to our staff and because of subsequent program demands, it is very important that your child is picked up on time at 6:00 PM. We understand that emergencies come up causing parents to be late; in this instance please contact our Sales & Service Center at 704 716 4800 to notify the Afterschool program. A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged if a child is not picked up by closing time. This fee must be paid by Monday morning of the up coming week in order for the student to return to the YMCA Before/Afterschool program. Repeated or habitual late pick-ups will result in the termination of your child from our program.
All Before School begin with supervision of programs at 6:00 AM. Parents MAY NOT be dropped off their child prior to 6:00 AM. This allows the staff to properly prepare for your child each morning. Before school Staff will be ready to greet your Child promptly at 6:00 AM. Please do not let your before or afterschool child out until a YMCA Before/Afterschool staff member greets you. 
Payment Procedures
Afterschool registrations are processed on a first-come, first served basis:
  • YMCA Member Registration began April 1, 2017
  • Program Participant Registration began April 15, 2017
Tuition is due 15th of each month from August to May and split into 10 equal payments based on annual tuition cost. Payment options are:
  • Pay in full at time of registration.
  • Pay in person. Monthly payments will be accepted at the Sales & Service Center in the form of cash, money order, or credit card.
If registration takes place after August 15th tuition will be divided among the remaining months of the school year. Alternate payment schedules may be available upon request.
Payments received after the balance due date will be charged $25 per child, per session. Once the late fee has been assessed, only credit cards or cash will be accepted.
Cancellations and requests to transfer programs must be made in writing to your YMCA Sales & Service representative. Cancellations or requests for transfers must be received at least 8 days prior to the start of afterschool or 15 days prior to cancellation.
As part of our My Y Pricing rate structure, an Adjusted Program Rate is available to all who qualify. Both Members and Program Participants must provide income verification at the Sales and Service Desk in order to receive an adjusted program rate.
2017-2018 Registration Packet >>
Contact Us
Contact Us
April Springs, Afterschool Coordinator
704 716 4848 | april.springs@ymcacharlotte.org

Veronie Gamble, Family Experience Director
704 716 4889veronie.gamble@ymcacharlotte.org

For more information, please stop by or contact:
Sales & Service Center | 704 716 4800