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Afterschool Program for Grades K-8

The Out of School Time program at the West Suburban YMCA offers a dynamic and well-rounded afterschool program that provides time for academic support, physical activities and games, free swim, enrichment, and more.


Enrollment: At this time, the OST program is currently on a waitlist for the 2023-2024 school year. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact Heather Porder. 

OST enrollment is currently open for the 2024-2025 school year. To enroll in the program for the 2024-2025 school year, please download and fill out the OST Registration Packet located to the right and return it to Heather Porder at heatherp@wsymca.org

Program Overview 

We're committed to making a difference in the lives of every child and family who choose the Y for afterschool 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. When your children attend OST, they will experience: 

  • Academic Support & Structured Routine 
  • Relationship Building & Social-Emotional Learning 
  • Service Learning 
  • Physical Activity 
  • Indoor & Outdoor Environments 
  • Free Healthy Afternoon Snack 

Out of School Time (OST) is structured to support and complement the Newton Public Schools schedule, including early release days. Please note the information on this page is subject to change pending modifications to the Newton Public Schools academic schedule.

Enrollment for OST

We provide engaging learning experiences with emphasis on self-confidence, leadership, social growth and fun.

Protecting Children

Learn how we protect all children in our care.

OST Handbook

Program information, policies and procedures are included here.

1:15 PMArrival / Wash Hands (Wednesday only)
1:20 PM - 2 PMLunch (Wednesday only)
2 PM - 2:30 PMFree Play (Wednesday only)
2:30 PM - 3 PMArrival / Wash Hands (M, T, Th, F) & Homework Help
3 PM - 3:30 PMSnack
3:30 PM - 4 PMPhysical Activity / Outdoor Time
4 PM - 4:45 PMClubs
4:45 PM - 5:15 PMEnrichment Activity
5:15 PM - 5:45 PMBoard Games / Coloring
5:45 PM- 6:00 PMClean-up and Dismissal

A two-day minimum enrollment is required. Enrollment is ongoing and children may register any time of year, provided there is space in the program.

Sibling Discount: Receive 10% off when enrolling a second child.

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

Days Hours Rates
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:30 - 6:00pm $50/day
Wednesday (NPS half days) 1:00 - 6:00pm $60/day
Full Time (M-F)   $240/week


For a child to enroll in Out-of-School Time (OST) they need to:

  • Attend Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Have a current West Suburban YMCA Youth or Household membership during registration and throughout enrollment in the program.
  • Complete the Out-of-School Time registration/enrollment packet
  • Deposit a Non-Refundable $200 payment, which will be credited to your child’s first tuition payment.
  • Submit a current physical dated no later than 12 months from enrollment (physical must remain current at all times while child is enrolled)
  • A copy of your child’s current immunizations
  • Allergy/Chronic Illness: If your child has an allergy or chronic illness an Individual Health Care Form is required before your child can start in the program.

Please note that this documentation is required by the Department of Early Education and Care through the State of Massachusetts and your child may not start the program until the documentation is obtained.

Enrollment in our program is open to all; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, cultural heritage, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs or disability.

Note: Bus routes are not finalized for the 2023-2024 school year, and we are happy to work with families from schools not listed on the application to see if we can work something out. 

  • Transportation to the Y from Burr, Bowen, Cabot, Franklin, Horace-Mann, Mason Rice, Lincoln-Eliot, and Zervas schools is available via bus or van for a fee of $7/day.
  • Transportation to the Y from Underwood School is available via chaperoned walking route at no extra charge.

Our OST program is closed on certain holidays and closure dates. 

Please check the schedule, here.


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Heather Porder

Director of Preschool & Family Services
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Seamus Bruno

Out-of-School Time Director