YWCA Lower Cape Fear

After School Program

3 star rating by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education


After School is now full at the YWCA Main Campus, however we are always accepting applications!  To apply, please visit the YWCA or call 910.799.6820 for more information.  Stop in today and fill out an application to get on our wait list!  

About the Program
The YWCA After School Program provides quality, affordable childcare in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. The program is a 3 star fully licensed program by the North Carolina Division of Child Development. Licensing # 65000453.
The program is offered to children ages 5 to 12 and is open Monday-Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm throughout the academic year. *The program is open Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm during school vacations, teacher workdays, select holidays and intersession for year-round students. 
Program Highlights
Every child enrolled in the program recieves: 
  • A nutritional afternoon snack
  • Nutritional breakfast and afternoon snack during full-day care
  • Safe, one-way transportation to the YWCA from the child's school
  • Homework assistance from certified teachers
  • Bi-weekly swimming in the YWCA Pool
  • *Transportation to the YWCA Pool for children participating in Swim Team
  • Access to the YWCA's 3 acre playground
  • Weekly field trips
  • Opportunities to participate in enrichment activities
The YWCA After School Program offers a wide range of enrichment activities including:
  • Girl Scouts: We have our own on-site Troop that meets twice a month. The troop works on service projects and of course, sells cookies!
  • 4-H Club: Known as Pathfinders, this group meets once a month. Children focus on leadership development and community engagement through club meetings and activities.
  • Lego Club: Open to any child in our program, the children meet once or twice a month for an hour to assemble Lego creations based on a theme.
  • Kids for Peace: A select group of children join this nationally recognized organization whose mission is to cultivate every child's innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experience and hands-on arts, service and projects.
  • Field Trips: Children participate in off-site activities once a week such as tennis, bowling, roller skating, park visits, historical tours, horseback riding and more! 

The children are split into 5 different groups based on their school grade level:

  • Kindergarten: Journeyers
  • First Grade: Discoverers
  • Second Grade: Adventurers
  • Third Grade: Explorers
  • Fourth Grade: Navigators
  • Fifth Grade +: Voyagers

Monthly calendars are provided to parents outlining their child(ren)'s field trip, enrichment activity and swimming schedules based on the age groups listed above.

Program Fees
*Due to the state reassessment of the current market rates in New Hanover County, childcare rates increased effective January 1, 2015. These rates were specified by the General Assembly for State Fiscal Year 2014-2015. This marks the first rate change in four years, during which we have secured our 5 star rating and enhanced activities and classroom equipment.
(Registration Fee) $20 ($10 for each additional child)
Weekly (4-5 days): $85
Daily (1-3 days): $23
Full Day Vacation/Holidays Weekly (4-5 days): $127
Full Day Vacation/Holidays Daily (1-3 days): $30
*Participants must be YWCA members. Membership starts as low as $25/ year.
*New Hanover County DSS Child Care vouchers are accepted.



We pick up at the following schools:
Elementary Schools
  • Alderman
  • Bellamy
  • Bradley Creek
  • Carolina Beach
  • CFCI
  • Codington
  • College Park
  • College Road Early Childhood Center
  • Holly Tree
  • Mary C. Williams
  • Murrayville
  • Oasis
  • Ogden
  • Parsley
  • Pine Valley
  • Sunset Park
  • Winter Park
Middle Schools
  • CFCI
  • Roland Grise
  • Williston
If your school is not listed but you are still interested in the program, please contact YWCA Childcare Director, Sarah Flaherty, at childcare@ywca-lowercapefear.org or 910.799.6820 ext 115.