About School Age Child Care

School Age Child Care Mission and Goals

Southern District YMCA facilitates School Age Child Care (SACC) programs in 12 area elementary schools and in the Tuck Learning Campus in Exeter.


Our mission is to provide quality, safe and nurturing before and after school care 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.


YMCA School Age Child Care strives to:

  • Offer the most diverse and highest quality before and after school programs for elementary 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 before or after school 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 30 minutes of active, physical play every day (following the CATCH Kids Club program);
  • Offer healthy snacks (or breakfast), including fruits, vegetables and whole grains; and
  • Offer additional enrichment activities.

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.