The YMCA and Ypsilanti Community Schools are very excited to announce we are exploring options for a centralized after school child care and physical activity program in Ypsilanti for students in kindergarten through fifth grade starting in January 2017.  The expectation is that students at Ford, Perry, Erickson, Estabrook and Holmes will have an option to be bussed from their respective schools to the after school child care program at YIES (503 Oak St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197).
Planned structure includes:

  • Monday through Friday child care until 6:00 PM
  • Bus transportation for students from their enrolled YCS school to YIES
  • Parent pick-up at YIES by 6:00 PM
  • Healthy after school snack
  • Daily choice of sports or active play clubs (possible choices could include: basketball, soccer, flag football, dance, cheer, yoga, ‘Kick, Catch, Throw,’ etc.)
  • Nutrition lessons
  • Academic support and STEM programming
  • Planned price structure: 3 days at $10/day or 5 days at $8/day
  • Options for scholarships

While we are still in the planning stages, we would like to see how many families have a need for full-time after school care.  Please take a moment to complete our survey by clicking here. Or you can copy and paste the link below into your browser. https://goo.gl/forms/0tKQ2Cf7MA96wXnE3


Do you have child in kindergarten through 6th grade who would like to learn gymnastics?  Would you like to relax and take some time for yourself in a rejuvenating yoga class?  The next session of community programs starts the week of December 5th.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE REGISTRATION BROCHURE

YMCA Programs what to expect:

  • Check-out: Unless a student has permission to walk home or goes to another afterschool program, participants must be checked out at the end of their activity.
  • Attire: Come to Y programs dressed in clothes comfortable to get active. We suggest athletic shorts or pants with an elastic waistband, t-shirt, sweatshirt, and sneakers. Youth programs sometimes go outside when weather allows. Hair should be pulled back. Avoid big buttons and zippers that might catch.
  • Snack: YCS provides Erickson program participants an afternoon snack and the Y serves a healthy snack after the Baseball League. Participants of other programs might want to bring an apple or granola bar to have before their respective programs.
  • Water: Drinking fountains are at all program sites, but it is a good idea to send a water bottle to stay hydrated. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages like Gatorade, Powerade, juice or soda.
  • Cancellations: YMCA programs will not run on days when there is no school at the program site. Text alerts will be sent out for unexpected and weather related cancellations (Directions below on how to opt into text alerts). You can also find out about weather related cancellations by contacting the Ann Arbor YMCA at 734-966-9622.
  • Text Alerts: Stay up-to-date on registration dates and weather related cancellations by texting “YpsilantiPrograms” to 99000 to opt into to the YMCA’s text alert system. Standard message and data fees may apply.


Colette Hemker
Youth Community Program Director
Ann Arbor YMCA
(734) 661-8031


Registration is first come, first serve. Please register by one of the following methods:

Register in person: Drop registration form and payment to a drop box in one of the participating schools: Adams STEM Academy, Estabrook Elementary, Erickson Elementary, Holmes Elementary, Fortis Academy or East Arbor Academy.

Register by phone: Call Colette Hemker, Youth Community Program Director, at 734-661-8031 and pay with a credit or debit card

Mail Registration: Mail a completed registration form and payment to:

Ann Arbor YMCA
Attn: Youth Community Program Director
400 West Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103


The Y offers a number of wellness programs for YCHS staff that are offered on-site at the High School. Click here to view current offerings and schedule.


Do you like basketball and want to share your love of the game with kids in your community? Sign up to be a volunteer coach! The commitment is an hour and a half on a Saturday morning or Monday evening. Contact Colette with any questions at 734-661-8031 or chemker@annarborymca.org. Coach training is January 7, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Estabrook Elementary School. Click here for the application and more information.



In 2013, Michigan became the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and the process regulating a youth athlete’s return to athletic activity. A concussion is a mild brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head that can have serious health consequences. It can occur in any sport or recreational activity. The Y is taking the several steps to comply with the Michigan Sports Concussion Law and protect the welfare of young people who participate in our sports programs, including providing parents and participants with educational materials and by having all instructors and volunteers complete the necessary online training.

Please make sure you read over the educational materials with your child before signing and returning them. Our first priority is the safety of all participants.


All students need to be picked up no later than 5 minutes after the end of their program. Please make sure they check-out with their instructor before leaving.


For registration updates, game reminders and weather cancellations, text “YpsilantiPrograms” to 99000. Regular messaging and data rates apply.


The cost of each program (class or league) is $30. Through the generous contributions of our donors, the Ann Arbor YMCA is able to provide scholarships if needed. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please check the box on the registration form indicating how much you are able to contribute toward the cost of each program.