YMCA Afterschool

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is open!

The YMCA is committed to providing children with a safe and positive experience while promoting unity, acceptance, and fostering a sense of self. Our afterschool program reinforces academics through a variety of fun and engaging structured activities, and provides time for homework, a snack, and physical activities and sports. Our trained staff strives to create an environment that supports children and their individual needs.

Financial Assistance Available For Afterschool!

Location and Transportation

The YMCA hosts the afterschool program at 4 locations across Gaston County. Students will be transported from their school to their assigned Afterschool location. Please see the school assignment list below.

Ages Served

Available for K through 8th grade

Daily Schedule

Our daily schedule includes a variety of activities such as arts and humanities, science and technology, homework assistance, health, wellness, and fitness, character development, team building, and much more!

  • Afterschool is from school dismissal until 6:00 pm
  • Snack provided daily
  • Daily activities include – Homework Assistance, Physical Activity, and devotion

Rides In/Out Maps

Cherryville Family YMCA
Pharr Family YMCA
Stowe Family YMCA
Warlick Family YMCA


Registration is open for the 2022-2023 School Year! The YMCA Afterschool program follows the Gaston County Schools calendar.  Students must register a week prior to attending. Each Wednesday is the registration deadline to participate the following week.

  • Registration fee + PlayerSpace fee due at time of registration
  • Weekly payments are drafted on the Friday prior to the start of the week
  • If a location is full a waiting list will be available. 

Available Program Options:

  • 5 Days/week
  • Optional Full Day Care of Out of School Days require additional registration – Click here

** The $10 processing fee is only applied one time per school year for our afterschool.



Register NOW!

Cherryville YMCA Afterschool is located at
Mt. Zion Baptist – 112 Mt Zion Church Rd, Cherryville 28021
Pharr Family YMCA – 208 Main St, McAdenville 28101

Sign up for the waitlist

Stowe Family YMCA – 196 YMCA Dr, Belmont 28012 REGISTRATION IS FULL
Sign up for the waitlist
Warlick Family YMCA – 2221 Robinwood Rd, Gastonia 28054 REGISTRATION IS FULL
Sign up for the waitlist


Financial Assistance is available to YMCA Members. These funds are raised during the Annual Giving Campaign. We encourage people to complete the online application process. The process is simple and confidential.



  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 22-23
  • December 26-30
  • January 2-6
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 10
  • April 10-14
  • May 25-26


  • September 5th
  • November 23-25
  • April 7


Afterschool locations are determined by transportation routes and by proximity to each child’s school location.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church – Cherryville

Beam Intermediate School
Cherryville Elementary School
Chavis Middle School

Pharr Family YMCA – McAdenville

Brookside Elementary School Lowell Elementary School
Cramerton Middle School McAdenville Elementary School
Gardner Park Elementary School New Hope Elementary School
Holbrook Middle School

Stowe Family YMCA – Belmont

Belmont Central Elementary School Mt. Holly Middle School
Belmont Middle School North Belmont Elementary School
Catawba Heights Elementary School Page Primary School
Ida Rankin Elementary School Pinewood Elementary School

Warlick Family YMCA – Gastonia

Grier Middle School Sherwood Elementary School*
Hawk’s Nest Elementary School Southwest Middle School
Piedmont Charter School WA Bess Elementary School
Pleasant Ridge Elementary Woodhill Elementary School
Robinson Elementary School York-Chester Middle School


What if my school is not listed here?

  • If your school is not listed, the YMCA can not serve your child with transportation to fill your afterschool needs at this time. By filling out this Interest form/waitlist we may be able to offer Afterschool transportation to your location in the near future!
  • Parents/guardians are welcome to transport their child to the YMCA to participate in the program. Please contact us to confirm this option. S

Schools not currently served with transportation to Y Afterschool:

  • Lingerfeldt elementary
  • HH Beam Elementary
  • St. Michael’s Catholic School
  • Tryon Elementary
  • Carr Elementary
  • Chapel Grove Elementary
  • Costner Elementary
  • Gaston Virtual Academy
  • Kiser Elementary
  • Stanley Middle School
  • Bessemer City Middle
  • Bessemer City Central
  • Bessemer City Primary
  • WC Friday Middle
  • Sadler Elementary
  • Springfield Elementary

Stay Informed with Playerspace

Playerspace: Weekly updates, highlights, and specific weekly details are sent via email through a system called PlayerSpace. Please ensure that you register with an accurate, frequently checked email account in order to receive all our important program communication. We are as invested as you are in ensuring you get all the details you need to make your week run smoothly. If you are not receiving emails, please check your spam or junk filter and then make “playerspace” an approved sender. Follow us on FB, Insta for special highlights.

Click here to learn more about Playerspace.


Direct Phone Numbers for Afterschool by Branch

These phone numbers are to be used by participating program participants only. Phone lines are available during program operating hours only. For program inquiries please call the main branch.

Warlick: 980-745-2566
Stowe: 980-745-2244
Pharr: 980-745-2567
Cherryville: 980-745-2569


  • Did you know that every single YMCA employee is thoroughly background checked, qualified, caring, CPR Certified, and Basic Safety Certified?
  • We are constantly evaluating our curriculum and standard of programming to ensure we’re giving your family thoughtful, relevant and ahead of the curve for after school content.
  • Homework assistance is included.


2022-2023 Program Pricing:

5 Days per Week
YMCA Members $70
Program Participants $103

Registration Fee – $15 + Playerspace $10 one time fee

Optional Out of School Days

Out-of-school-day options are available to register for. See available days and times here.

Out-of-School-Day Day Rate
YMCA Members $40
Program Participants $60

Weekly Out-of-School-Day Rate
YMCA Members $170
Program Participants $255