K-8 Out-of-School Time | West Suburban YMCA

Out-of-School Time

Afterschool Program for Children in Grades K-8

**Out of School Time progam will revert back to its traditional afterschool format and hours beginning APRIL 5, 2021, following Newton Public Schools' return to in-person learning**

The West Suburban YMCA Out of School Time (OST) program is committed to making a difference in the lives of every child and family who choose the Y for out of school care. OST provides learning experiences that are engaging and developmentally appropriate, focused on social and emotional growth, and emphasize self-confidence, self-esteem, and leadership, while also encouraging independence.

Out of School Time (OST) is structured to support and complement the Newton Public Schools schedule. With Newton Public Schools returning to the classroom full-time in April, our OST program will shift as well. Beginning April 5, 2021, OST will return to an afterschool model similar to the one offered pre-pandemic.

To enroll in the program, please download and fill out a Spring 2021 Enrollment Form and return it to Kaitlin McCarthy at kaitlinm@wsymca.org.

Enrollment Options & Rates
Two-day minimum enrollment required.

Days Hours Rates
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:30-6:00 PM $40/day
Wednesday (NPS half days) 1:15-6:00 PM $50/day
Full Time (M-F)   $200/week

Enrollment is ongoing and children may register any time of year, provided there is space in the program.


  • Transportation to the Y from Burr, Bowen, Cabot, Franklin, Horace-Mann, and Lincoln-Eliot schools is available via bus for a fee of $5/day.
  • Transportation to the Y from Underwood School is available via chaperoned walking route at no extra charge.

Financial Assistance
Tuition assistance opportunities are available and can be applied for on a confidential basis. We also accept Massachusetts State vouchers.

Program Overview

  • Academic Support & Structured Routine
  • Relationship Building & Social-Emotional Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Physical Activity
  • Indoor & Outdoor Environments
  • Free Lunch & Afternoon Snack
Sample Daily Schedule
1:15pm Arrival / Wash Hands (Wednesday only)
1:20pm - 2:00pm Lunch (Wednesday only)
2:00pm - 2:30pm Free Play (Wednesday only)
2:30pm - 3:00pm Arrival / Wash Hands (M, T, Th, F) & Homework Help
3:00pm - 3:30pm Snack
3:30pm - 4:00pm Physical Activity / Outdoor Time
4:00pm - 4:45pm Clubs
4:45pm - 5:15pm Enrichment Activity
5:15pm - 5:45pm Board Games / Coloring
5:45pm - 6:00pm Clean-up and Dismissal

OST COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS / K-8 Virtual Learning Academy

September 2020 - March 2021

OST Community Connections was the West Suburban YMCA's response to our community's need to support working families by providing a safe place for children to complete their virtual learning during the covid-19 pandemic. Beginning in September 2020, the program supported over 80 children per day with our virtual learning academy that supported distance learning and complemented the Newton Public Schools' academic schedule. In March 2021, Newton Public Schools announced they would be returning to full-time classroom learning starting April 5, 2021. Our Out of School Time program will shift in response to this change and return to offering a more traditional afterschool model.

For more information about the Out of School Time Community Connections program, please contact Kaitlin McCarthy, Out of School Time Director.

Financial Aid Request Form

To apply for Financial Assistance for Membership, Programs, Child Care and Camps, download this form and return to Kristen Hydinger in the Y's Finance Department. Please email Kristen at kristenh@wsymca.org for more information.

Documents Available in Spanish, Russian, and Chinese

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