Y Enrichment Program


The school year will look different this year and the Gaston County Family YMCA wants to ensure that children have access to all of the opportunities they need to learn, grow and thrive. Whether it is a safe and enriching environment to go to after class, support for digital learning or the space to just be a kid, the Y is committed to creating education-driven programs that enhance your child’s school year.

Our programs are built with your child’s safety at the forefront. We are taking precautions outlined by the CDC to ensure the health and safety of staff and participants, including limited group sizes, assigning students to one group for an entire week and modifying adult to student ratios.

Registration is now open!


The YMCA will transport children from their school to their assigned Afterschool Hub location following their in-school days. There is no transportation provided for the full-day program. Please see school assignment list below.

Daily Schedule, Lunches and Snacks

Our daily schedule combines elements of our traditional Afterschool program and the traditional school day such as physical education, STEAM activities, facilitated virtual learning, art, and more.

  • Afterschool is from school dismissal until 6:00 pm
  • Full-day is from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm
  • Gaston County Schools will provide Lunches home with kids on Tuesdays
  • The Y will provide after school snack for participants on M,T, TH and F


Program Guides

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

Rides In/Out Maps

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


The Y is working hard to serve children throughout Gaston County for the 2020/2021 school year and working in partnership with Gaston County Schools to support children as they return to learn. Please note, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of all participants, therefore, spaces are limited and will sell out. 

Students must register a week prior to attending – each Wednesday is the deadline to participate the following Monday.


Available Program Options:

  • 5 Days – Afterschool Care plus Full Day Wednesdays
  • 4 Days – Afterschool Care Days Only
  • 1 Day – Full Day Virtual
  • Cohort A / Cohort B (Middle School students only)


Program Pricing:

Program Days Y Members Program Participants
5 Days M-F $93 $140
4 Days M-T, TH-F $56 $83
1 Virtual Day Only Wednesdays $37 $57
Cohort A / Cohort B
(Middle School Only)
M/T or TH/F $28 $41




Ages Served

Registration Fee

Register NOW!

Cherryville Family YMCA K – 8th grade $25
Pharr Family YMCA K – 8th grade $25
Stowe Family YMCA K – 8th grade $25
Warlick Family YMCA K – 8th grade $25



  • Afterschool locations are determined by transportation routes.
  • Students from any schools are welcome to participate in the full-day program.
  • *Transportation provided by Gaston County Schools

Cherryville Family YMCA – 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* Southwest Middle School
Hawk’s Nest Elementary School WA Bess Elementary School
Piedmont Charter School Woodhill Elementary School
Robinson Elementary School York-Chester Middle School
Sherwood Elementary School*


What if my school is not listed here?

If your school is not listed, the YMCA can not serve your afterschool needs at this time.  However, the YMCA CAN accommodate your needs for full day care.  This is because parents are responsible for their own transportation to and from the sites for full day care, and we are therefore not limited in seating availability. 


Schools not served by the Y in an afterschool capacity, but who are still able to register for full days are:

  • Lingerfeldt elementary
  • HH Beam Elementary
  • Pleasant Ridge 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


Direct Phone Numbers for Y Enrichment Program 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 inquires please call the main branch.

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

Specific program sites are determined through a partnership with the school system and by proximity to each child’s school location. To ensure the health and safety of all participants, students must remain at one location. 




  • 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’ve giving your family thoughtful, relevant and ahead of the curve after school content.
  • We offer flexibility for working parents! We now offer an option for those that need less than 5 days of care.
  • Homework help is included.


Financial Assistance is available to YMCA Members. These funds are raised during the Annual Giving Campaign. Please Download a Financial Assistance Form, complete and return to apply. Early registration is encouraged.


Contact us with any questions you may have. Please give us 48 hours to reply.