Before & After School Program

School Year

2018-2019 Before & After School/ School Out Day Handbook- Download 

The primary goal of the Knox County YMCA Before & After School Program is to provide a safe and happy place for your child to be while you are at work or attending school. Our childcare program concentrates on promoting the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We hope this handbook helps you understand all of the fun things that your child will have the opportunity to participate in this year while being involved in our program. 

*Registration is now open (in-person ONLY) at the Knox County Family YMCA (1324 W. Carl Sandburg Dr.)

Program Goals 

  • To support and strengthen the family unit
  • To help children develop to their full potential
  • To deliver the program in a positive YMCA environment of safety, support, and care
  • To promote the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility

In all YMCA programs we seek to help individuals and families to do the following: 

  • Grow personally
  • Improve personal and family relationships
  • Appreciate diversity
  • Become better leaders and supporters
  • Develop specific individual skills

Program Sites

District #202 Knoxville

  • Mable Woolsey 

District #205 Galesburg

  • Steele 
  • Silas 
  • Nielson 
  • King 
  • Gale 

A typical day with the Before & After School Program includes the activities from these various program areas: 

  • Play/free time 
  • Homework/quiet games 
  • Creative/craft time 
  • Snacks
  • Special events (American Red Cross Safety programs, Knox College Volunteers) 

Staff 

We have a very caring and dedicated staff at all of our Before and After School sites. The site directors and aides receive training in YMCA Childcare, CPR and First Aid. Staff may not be alone with children they meet in YMCA programs outside the YMCA program. This includes babysitting, sleepovers, driving or riding in cars, and inviting children to their homes. Any exceptions require a written explanation before the fact and are subject to prior administrator approval.


Please contact our Member Service Desk at 309-344-1324 or Erin Brown-Powell, Youth Development & Aquatic Director, with any questions regarding the Before & After School Program. 

Solutions Crew

Our Success Stories

For the past five years, the Solutions Program has been a valuable asset to our community. The program is offered to students of Lombard, Churchill and Galesburg High School at absolutely no cost to them. The Solutions Program is a great resource to help students improve performance in four key areas: GPAs, office referrals, tardiness and absences. Using a three-tiered approach to mentorship, the Solutions staff meets students where they live, go to school and play. We frequently make home visits, maintain a strong presence at their school, and cheer them on at extracurricular activities and events. The Solutions Program is run by Senior Solutions Director Joey Range, Solutions Director Quincy Morrison, and Solutions Coordinator Mandy Peterson.