Before & After School Care

The YMCA gives children the solid foundation they need to thrive — not only in school, but beyond.

As the largest provider of school-age programs in Frederick County, we help hundreds of children every day reach their fullest potential in a welcoming, supportive environment. By incorporating the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility into all of our youth services programming, we give children the solid foundation they need to thrive—not only in school, but beyond.

Our Before and After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.) program is for school aged children beginning with Kindergarten, and operates from 6:30 a.m. until the regular school day begins, and after school from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. We follow the Frederick County school calendar and offer care on days that school opens late or dismisses early. On most school closing days, we also provide child care at designated sites. Children are provided with a nutritious snack every afternoon.


2019 - 2020 BASE Registration dates

We will have priority registration for the families currently enrolled in the program from May 1 – May 12.  On May 15, families with children in ELC going to kindergarten can start to register.   On May 20, new participants can start to register.

To register please come to the Downtown Y or Green Valley Y (for Kemptown and Green Valley).

Financial Assistance

The YMCA accepts MSDE Purchase of Care /Child Care Subsidy Vouchers. Vouchers must accompany all registrations.  For more information about POC please use the following link:

MSDE has just recently announced changes to the child care subsidy levels to help more families.  Families who do not receive voucher assistance may apply for YMCA financial assistance for B.A.S.E.  A denial letter from POC must accompany all financial assistance applications. YMCA Financial Assistance applications are available at the Downtown Y or you can click here to download.  Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing completed applications.  Call 301-663-5131 ext. 1287 for more information.  Funds for financial assistance through the Y are made available through contributions to the Annual Campaign.

OUR MISSION: To Put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.