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The HOST program runs Monday through Friday, from 3 PM to 6 PM, and is conveniently located at Central, Lincoln, Sheridan & Ottawa elementary schools. Our HOST counselors will care for your child after school, keeping them active and engaged. Registration is ongoing throughout the school year and space is limited. You are able to change the days your child is scheduled to attend at the start of each month depending on availability, but the days attended cannot change week to week.

For availability at your school or any questions about the program, please email Liz Eddington at

Register 20/21 School Year


At the Y, we believe children should have a place to explore their talents  & interests. The YMCA HOST program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, education & social development for students grades K-5.

Conveniently located at each elementary school, we ensure your students are safe, nurtured & supported after the bell rings. Also, open during select half days, school breaks & snow days, you can count on us as a place your student will learn, grow & thrive!

In our care, your child will receive:

  • 30 minutes of physical activity – guaranteed
  • Healthy snacks served daily
  • Dedicated homework & learning time
  • Youth Development based on the YMCA’s 4 core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Care during select half days, school breaks & snow days

HEPA Initiative

The HOST program uses a curriculum called “Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health” or CATCH to help drive home the importance of healthy eating habits and regular physical exercise.


Each day, your student has access to healthy snacks. We serve a fruit or vegetable paired with another healthy option such as a dairy or whole grain with water being the beverage of choice. All snacks served at HOST sites follow the HEPA guidelines:

  • Less than 8 grams of sugar
  • No sugar sweetened beverages
  • No partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats


At HOST, we choose to forgo the electronics. The CATCH curriculum puts an emphasis on keeping everyone moving for the whole 30 minutes as opposed to a game where they may get “out” and have to wait on the sidelines to rejoin the game.