Before and After School Care
PrYme Time is part of the YMCA’s history of dedication to youth and children’s services. It was established to meet the needs of working parents in the community while providing their children a fun, safe, enriching environment that would promote the YMCA’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. PrYme Time offers a variety of daily activities focusing on academic support, character development, physical fitness and proper nutrition, under the leadership of qualified, professional staff.
With more than 40 locations across the First Coast, there’s a PrYme Time location near you.
PrYme Time is available for children in elementary school, with ages ranging from 5 - 12 years old. Some of our sites also offer before and after school care for middle school students, so please contact your nearest location for specific details.
PrYme Time Sites
|Clay||Dye Clay Family YMCA||All Clay County Elementary Schools|
|Barco-Newton Family YMCA|
|Duval||Arlington Family YMCA||Parkwood Heights Elementary|
|Johnson Family YMCA||Tiger Academy|
|Williams Family YMCA||duPont YMCA Campus*||serving children from:|
|Crown Point Elementary|
|Kings Trail Elementary|
|Mandarin Oaks Elementary|
|Pine Forest Elementary|
|San Jose Elementary|
|duPont Middle School (AM only)|
|Mandarin Middle School (AM only)|
|Nassau||McArthur Family YMCA||Atlantic Kids Campus||serving children from:|
|Emma Love Hardee Elementary|
|Fernandina Beach Middle School|
|Yulee Kids Campus||serving children from:|
|Yulee Middle School|
|St. Johns||St. Augustine Family YMCA||Webster Elementary|
|Winston Family YMCA||Ocean Palms Elementary|
*If your child attends a Duval County school that is not listed, please contact the duPont Y as we are always interested in expanding our services.
Learn, Grow and Thrive
Every effort is continuously made to ensure the safety and well-being of children in PrYme Time each day. Our experienced staff team is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of all children under our care in a safe, nurturing environment. Take a look at how we help all children learn, grow and thrive in PrYme Time.
Children in PrYme Time receive help on their homework and take part in educational activities that reinforce what is learned at school. Research shows that children who spend time in constructive learning activities after school perform better in the classroom.
PrYme Time encourages positive behavior and good choices through character development activities. Children learn the importance of many values, particularly the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Children in PrYme Time learn how to interact with other children and adults. They learn how to share, make friends and understand other people’s feelings. Through the integration of values-based curriculum and recreation, participants learn and grow while having fun.
Qualified, Professional Staff
YMCA PrYme Time staff must meet state licensing requirements. In addition to YMCA training, many PrYme Time staff hold professional certifications in childcare and advanced degrees in early childhood education.
Physical Fitness and Nutrition
YMCA PrYme Time ensures children are given a unique mix of activities that focus on health, fitness and nutrition. Children also receive healthy snacks based on the guidelines from the USDA.
Teaching healthy behaviors at a young age is important…behaviors involving physical activity and nutrition are the cornerstone of preventing obesity in children and adolescents. We are proud to incorporate Youth Fit For Life™ into our curriculum - a physical activity and health behavior change program specifically designed for elementary-aged youth. The program consists of cardiovascular exercise three times per week in the form of non-competitive activities and cooperative games, and resistance training using bands two times per week, as well as interactive, age-appropriate behavioral skills training, like goal setting, progress feedback and facilitative self-talk.
Scholarships, in the form of financial assistance, are awarded to families interested in participating in YMCA programs, like PrYme Time. To determine eligibility, a family must complete a financial assistance application and supply all necessary supporting documentation. A member of the YMCA professional staff team will review applications confidentially and make award determinations based on a sliding scale. We are sensitive to extenuating circumstances, and will readily discuss needs a family may have beyond what their household income would indicate.
Give to the Y
Through support raised by the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign, we are able to reach out to families throughout the community to provide PrYme Time and other opportunities they may otherwise not be able to afford. Donations made to the Y's Annual Giving Campaign provide scholarships for children to participate in recreational, learning and life-enhancing experiences that will enable them to grow and develop into well-rounded, healthy and productive adults. Anyone interested in sending one or more children to PrYme Time by donating to the campaign may do so in person or on our website.