afterschool childcare


school’s out

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care licensed afterschool program run by the YWCA Greater Newburyport gives parents the freedom to pursue their professional goals while their children participate in safe, affordable, quality programs. Children have the opportunity to explore, discover and expand their cognitive and social skills in a caring, supportive environment. Our curriculum is threaded with experiences that encourage children to develop an appreciation for diversity, a sense of their leadership potential and a value for community service.

The YWCA offers afterschool care at the Bresnahan School from dismissal until 6 pm Monday through Friday for the full curriculum days of the Newburyport Public Schools. School’s Out students in grades K-5 participate in activities in the cafeteria, gym and outdoor playground. The program includes time for planned curriculum, homework, physical activities and entertaining fun. Healthy snacks are provided. Two, three and five day options are available.  Care is provided on early release days and vacations.  Transportation is available from the Upper Elementary School to the Bresnahan School for 4th and 5th grade students.  The YWCA has a summer camp for school age children based at the Bresnahan School.

our philosophy

We provide a warm, caring atmosphere where children are accepted unconditionally. All programs are inclusive, open to all children regardless of color, race, economic status, religious background, or family composition. Staff members strive to create an environment which is a careful balance between reliable security and stimulation that fosters exploration and growth.

our activities and curriculum

School-aged programs improve academic performance, social and developmental outcomes, contribute to healthy lifestyle options, and prevent many risky behaviors. The key factors in supporting positive outcomes include access to and sustained participation in quality programming with strong partnerships with schools, families and the community. In collaboration with many youth programs in our area, the ywca school-aged program draws on the 40 Developmental Asset Model.  This model helps young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible and engages all the adults in children’s lives (parents, youth staff and school personnel) in that process. 

  • promote a sense of self-worth: A positive self-concept is the bedrock of all learning and growth.
  • foster independence and self-discipline: These two elements are necessary ingredients for problem solving and achievement.
  • provide opportunities for success: This encourages risk taking and appropriate expansion of parameters.
  • meet each child’s unique needs whenever possible: A concept which builds trust and a respect for others.
  • create a caring, respectful community: This sense of community grows from the individual program to the school, family, and the community at large.

 our rates    

After-school K-5th Monthly*
E-Pay for 2019-20
E-Pay for 2020-21**
  1st Child 2nd Child 1st Child 2nd Child
5 Days  Monday – Friday $507 $480 TBA TBA
3 Days  Monday, Wednesday, Friday $288 $273 TBA TBA
2 Days  Tuesday, Thursday $219 $207 TBA TBA

*Monthly installments are based on 10 even payments of your annual contract.  Contracted days do not include early release days or school vacations.  Monthly tuitions are debited on the 15th of the previous month.

**Rates for the upcoming school year 2020-21 will come out in March after the upcoming school calendar has been confirmed.   

Withdrawals / Schedule Changes – must be requested in writing by the 10th of the previous month and take effect on the first of the following month.

enrollment process

Once the upcoming school year calendar has been approved, priority enrollment for current participants and their siblings can begin (This typically happens in March).  Slot openings per grade are determined once priority enrollment has ended (This typically happens in April).  Waitlists are already in place for incoming grades 1, 2 and 3; please reach out to the Program Administrator to be placed on this waitlist. Open enrollment for incoming kindergartners will be available in our online registration portal, Community Pass and we are shooting for it to be ready to go for May 1st.  You can access Community Pass through our website at  Please keep an eye on our website for updates and confirmation of registration dates.

**Please note that while the license capacity in our after-school program is for 91 children each afternoon, the program can only enroll as many slots as it can staff.   For the past 2 years, the program has struggled to acquire part time staffing to reach our licensed capacity.  We will provide slot reservations up to our capacity, but reservations will only be released if staffing is in place.  The program has experienced an increase in enrollment each year since we started in the new Bresnahan School in 2014 which has been exacerbated by the more recent struggle to find staffing.  The YWCA is committed to providing a quality program and will continue to meet the needs as best it can.

2020-21 school year details

Program Dates Times Location
after-school Kindergarten 1st day of school – last day of school Begins at the close of school

Program Ends at 5:45pm when remaining children are brought to Door #2 for all final pickups by 6pm

The program utilizes the Bresnahan cafeteria, gymnasium, platform and outdoor playground spaces
1st – 3rd grades 1st day of school – last full day of school

The after-school program does not offer a childcare program for the following days:

  • Early Release Days
  • Staff Development Days
  • Holidays – Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, New Year’s Day, MLK Day, February Break, April Break and Memorial Day

***An official list of closures will be furnished in March once the upcoming school calendar is confirmed. 

The YWCA offers EPIC Programming for some of the early release days and vacation days based on staff and space availability.  All EPIC offerings will be published throughout the school year as the logistics are ironed out.

our parent handbook

for additional school’s out information, please contact our site director at this email.