About School Age Child Care

YMCA Mission and Goals


Our mission is to provide a quality, safe and nurturing before and after school program that develops the whole child—mind, body and spirit—leading to success in school, society, work and personal achievement. This is possible because trained and educated YMCA staff model positive behavior in all social interactions to reinforce the core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


Our YMCA program strives to:

  • Offer the most diverse and highest quality school programs for elementary and middle-school age students in the region;
  • Provide a safe, supportive environment where children develop social skills, build life-long friendships and gain self-confidence;
  • Ensure that children who need care receive it regardless of ability to pay;
  • Provide programming in four core content areas: art, literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and health and wellness;
  • Support quality homework time with assistance, as needed, and free personal time;
  • Engage children in at least 20 minutes of active, physical play every day;
  • Offer healthy snacks, including fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and
  • Offer additional enrichment activities. 

For more information, please contact Karon at kschmidt@siouxfallsymca.org or call (605) 336-3190.