ATB at the YMCA of Jefferson County


After the Bell Licensed Child Care is designed to promote and enhance academic achievement, spark your child’s imagination and expand their confidence, skills and talents by pairing physical activity with homework support and project based learning. This program is available at the YMCA of Port Angeles and the YMCA of Jefferson County. The YMCA of Jefferson County's After the Bell program takes place at Salish Coast Elementary School. 

Everyday at the Y we create outstanding child-centered programming in a nurturing learning community where the values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring are learned and developed. After the Bell is designed to be flexible enough for working families, with classes that empower kids to make healthy choices and try new skills.

We start each afternoon with a healthy supper and activity play, both indoors and out followed by focused time where YMCA Staff help with homework and provide quiet games that support academic achievement. Enrichment activities are offered from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm allowing youth to explore a variety of arts, hobbies, sports, LARP and STEM based activities. Enrichment themes rotate monthly.


Part Time & Full Time Students:

Activities are available from school dismissal until 6:00 pm. This includes a five component supper cooked from scratch on site, physical activity, homework help and daily enrichment activities.

Temporary Childcare Relief for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Port Townsend School District is taking over all emergency childcare starting on Thursday, March 26 at Salish Coast Elementary School and the Y will no longer be responsible for emergency childcare. Anyone who is a parent or guardian of a first responder or medical professional and has a child registered in our childcare program will be contacted and informed of this change in childcare. For more information, please contact Rowen Matkins, Childcare Director, at

During this unprecedented time, conditions are constantly changing and the YMCA will adapt to serve our community as needed. If you are in need of resources, please let us know how we can help or be of service at this time. For general questions or inquiries please contact

Prices for Part Time Students:

2-3 days a week
$175 a month 

Prices for Full Time Students:

4-5 days a week 
$275 a month 

Wednesday Only Rate:

1 day a week (Wednesday only)
Wednesday ATB includes swimming on early release Wednesdays
$90 a month 

Drop In Rates:
$25 per day for less than 5 hours 
$50 per week for 5 or more hours

Parent Handbook                               Registration Packet

Financial Assistance: Everyone is welcome at the YMCA! No child or family will be turned away due to inability to pay. Thanks to generous donors we have financial assistance available for all programs to those in need. Pick up the Member Support form at the front desk of your local YMCA.


Part Time & Full Time Students

2:50 – 3:00 pm    Arrival and Attendance
3:00 – 3:30 pm    Supper
3:30 – 4:00 pm    Fundamentally Fit Activity Period
4:00 – 5:00 pm    Enrichment Activities
5:00 – 5:30 pm    Storytime and Fundamentally Fit Library Period
5:30 - 6:00 pm    Choice Time


Super Rec Time:

Every child needs the opportunity to unwind after a day of being “on” at school. We provide that at the Y, allowing down time and a healthy meal before activities start each afternoon.

Fundamentally Fit:

This innovative component of After the Bell pairs physical activity with project-based activities. Research shows this pairing provides positive results for both health and academic achievement. Each day students utilize fitness spaces at the Y and the park for physical activity and then return to Salish Coast Elementary for academic work.

Components of Fundamentally Fit:

  • Daily Physical Activity Period: Fun, quality movement and varied activities are the basis for Fundamentally Fit, providing a solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Group games, circuit style exercises, dance and sports are introduced throughout the school year.
  • Daily Library Period: Children have access to volunteers and staff for traditional homework help with all school subjects and are introduced to additional exercises and stimulating activities that promote literacy and hone skills.

Enrichment Classes:

The Y is proud to present a variety of Arts, STEM, LARP, and Fundamentally Fit Physical Activities. Enrichment Classes begin at 4:00 pm and are held at Salish Coast Elementary School unless otherwise indicated. Classes are open to students in grades K-6. The Y provides a schedule of classes by month at the beginning of each school year.

  • Art Classes: Y Staff and a variety of local experts teach a full range of art skills. From metal working to oil painting to printmaking, students have the opportunity to find their artistic outlet.
  • STEM: Y Staff and a variety of local volunteers share their passion with our students. Everything from Legos to chemistry and architecture can be found at the Y at some point during the year. Sewing, and cooking are also on the schedule.
  • LARP: Live Action Role Play is the name of the game! Y Staff and local volunteers awaken the minds and inspire creativity through role playing. From creating props and designing costumes to deciphering scrolls and traveling through the Forbidden Marsh, Y kids are bound to enjoy tracking dragons, learning the art of boffering, and coming up with their very own character names.
  • Fundamentally Fit Physical Activities: Y Staff and local volunteers work with students to learn new skills and develop those they already have in sports both old and new. Basketball, Pickleball, Soccer and many other sports are offered at different times throughout the year.



In collaboration with the Port Townsend School District, transportation to Salish Coast Elementary School will be available from each school. Check with staff to determine specifics for your school. All Salish Coast Elementary (K-5) students and Blue Heron Middle School (6th +) students will walk escorted from the bus stop to our YMCA After the Bell Child Care site.

Early Release Days:

On early release days the kids will follow their regular bus routes arriving two hours earlier for extra Super Rec time and a trip to the City Pool before enrichment activities begin.

Supervised Recreation:

“Super Rec” The Y understands that everyone, including children, needs time to unwind from the days pressures. Children arriving at Salish Coast Elementary School for after school classes can enjoy short periods of supervised recreation time in our game room and gym, while they wait for classes to begin. Super Rec is also offered from 5:00-5:30 pm each day after classes conclude.

Healthy Snacks:

Each day during Super Rec there will be a cooked from scratch five component supper for students. Meals consist of protein, grain, two servings of produce and milk. Students are welcome to bring and eat their own snack. Sharing is allowed only if enough is available for all children. In accordance with the Port Townsend School District, our After the Bell site is a NUT FREE zone.


After the Bell classes will follow a holiday schedule similar to public schools. If public schools are closed for holidays there will be no After the Bell classes. Watch for Day Camp offerings on in-service days and during extended school breaks. 

Please click on the link below to see School Break Camps for the 2019-2020 school year.