Registration for 2023-24 school year will open 7/10/2023 at 1pm.
Prime Time is our Out-of-School-Time program that offers care before and after school for students in grades K-5. 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. Programs are licensed by the State of Michigan and are run by qualified youth development staff.
Our program includes the CATCH curriculum, which is aimed at engaging children in intentional physical activity and nutritional education. We also offer healthy afternoon snacks, academic support, STEM, arts and crafts, and more! We promote the Y's four core values: integrity, health, diversity, and collaboration, and incorporate the CHAMPS program at all of our sites.
CHAMPS stands for:
- A-always respectful
- M-making responsible choices
- P-positive attitude
- S-safety first
Kalamazoo Public Schools Program
We provide Prime Time at the following Kalamazoo Public Schools elementary schools.
- King-Westwood Elementary
- Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary
- Prairie Ridge Elementary
- Winchell Elementary
- and the Maple YMCA
Students from several other KPS elementary schools can be picked up and dropped off at our main locations through KPS transportation.
- Indian Prairie Elementary to and from King-Westwood Elementary
- Arcadia Elementary to and from King-Westwood Elementary
- Greenwood Elementary and Milwood Elementary to and from Maple YMCA
- Woods Lake Elementary to and from Maple YMCA
- El Sol Elementary to and from Maple YMCA
- Northglade Elementary to and from Maple YMCA
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.
Portage Public Schools Program
We offer Prime Time at the following Portage Public School locations:
- 12th Street
- Angling Road
- Lake Center
- Woodland (**NEW**Central Elementary students will be bussed to/from Woodland)
School Breaks and Snow Days
On scheduled PPS days off and snow days*, full-day care will be offered at Moorsbridge Elementary. Participation is limited to children currently enrolled in Prime Time.
*If the weather is severe enough snow day camp may not be offered.
Prime Time is not a drop-in program. All participants must register online, complete required paperwork, and set up billing information prior to attending the program.
Required Paperwork (Completion of the paperwork does not guarantee enrollment. All participants must register online to secure a spot or be added to the waitlist.)
Please also download our Parent Handbook.
For more information please contact the Child Care office at (269) 345-9622 x167 or via email.
Hours and Rates
Care is available Monday through Friday.
- Before School - 6:30am to 8:45am
- Weekly Rate for 2023-24 School Year - $55
- After School - 3:45pm to 6:00pm
- Weekly Rate for 2023-24 School Year - $60
A non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registation or when added from the waitlist.
The YMCA is a nonprofit 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 financial assistance program. You can apply online here.