The Y's School-Age Child Care Program is open to Kalamazoo Public School students in grades K-5.

Prime Time is before and after school care for students grades K-5, serving KPS families at five KPS elementary schools and the Maple YMCA. Prime Time engages kids in physically active, learning, and imaginative activities that encourage exploration of who they are and what they can achieve. All of our programs are inclusive and offer a combination of free-choice and structured age-appropriate activities.

Our program includes the CATCH curriculum, which is aimed at engaging children in intentional physical activity as well as nutrition education. We also offer healthy afternoon snacks, academic support, STEM, arts and crafts, and more! We promote the Y's four core values; caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; and incorporate the CHAMPS program at all of our sites.

CHAMPS stands for:

  • C-caring
  • H-honesty
  • A-always respectful
  • M-making responsible choices
  • P-positive attitude
  • S-safety first

All of our programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and are run by qualified youth development staff.

Before and After School Locations

We provide before and after school programming at the following Kalamazoo Public Schools elementary schools.

We also have a location at the Maple YMCA


Care is available Monday through Friday.
Before school - 6:30am to 8:45am
After school - 3:45pm to 6:00pm

Other Schools Served

Students from several other KPS elementary schools can be picked up and dropped off at our main locations through KPS transportation.

School Breaks and Snow Days

On scheduled KPS days off and snow days*, full day care is offered at the Maple YMCA. Participation is limited to children currently enrolled in Prime Time.

*If the weather is severe enough the Y itself may close or open late. In those situations snow day camp will not be offered.

Registration Information

Prime Time is not a drop-in program. All participants must be registered prior to attending the program.

For instructions on how to register please download our Registration Guide (pdf)

Please also download our Parent Handbook(pdf)

For more information please contact the Child Care office at (269) 345-9622 x167 or via email.


The YMCA is a non-profit community organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all. We strive to make membership and programs available to everyone. For families who may be experiencing financial hardship, please enroll your child and then inquire about our scholarship program.