After school early childhood
learning program serves children ages 6 to 12 years
old in numerous age-appropriate classrooms and programs
at three sites, during the school year, vacation weeks
and summer months. YWCA after-school programs are fully
licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All children
enrolled in after-school programs receive:
- an afternoon snack during the school
- morning snack, lunch and afternoon
snack during school vacation weeks and summer
- one-way transportation to the YWCA
- full access to YWCA activities, tailored
especially for their age group
YWCA after school early childhood
learning is available in two locations:
- YWCA main building, Lawrence
- South Lawrence East School, Lawrence
- Parthum School, Lawrence
Fees and Times
Parents pay what they can afford,
based on a sliding scale which considers family income
and size. The YWCA offers year-round programs. During
the school-year, the YWCA is open from the end of the
school day until 5:30 p.m., except on school holidays.
The YWCA is open on school vacations.
The YWCA provides a safe, nurturing
and exciting learning environment for children in each
of its programs. Activities are age-appropriate and
focus on social, emotional and academic development.
The YWCA creates many opportunities for children to
make their own choices and exercise creativity.
Children participate in loosely
structured, open ended activities that are initiated
by them, including table games, reading and homework
as well as a variety of structured activities presented
to the children each day. Choices include computer projects
and lessons, baking or cooking lessons, craft projects,
science and writing activities as well as recreational
activities such as swimming, drama or games in the gymnasium
Enrichment classes offer children
the opportunity to sign up for extended programs designed
for focused fun and learning. Enrichment programs rotate
and change regularly, and often include evening hours
and parent involvement. Children might play on a sports
team, create a newspaper, take karate lessons learn
a computer program or take a babysitting course.
Youth Technology Programs
The YWCA offers boys and girls access
to supervised technology resources that help them improve
reading, literacy, math and computer skills.
Major funding for youth technology
programs has come from Fleet, Verizon, The Boston Celtics,
IBM and the United Way. Children participate in the
Fleet Tutoring & Learning Center programs, Verizon’s
Keeping Kids on Track, the Celtics’ Read to Achieve
Program using equipment and resources donated by IBM’s
Teaming for Technology initiative.
The Center provides homework assistance,
computer instruction, access to the Internet and incentives
for improving academic performance. Children can sign
up to work in the center on regular after-school days
or take special instructional programs that are offered
regularly through enrichment classes.
For additional information, contact: Maricelis