A Great Place to Learn and Play Before and After School

Welcome to Character Builders, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA's Before and After School Program serving students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 at Heritage Elementary School in Escondido.

Character Builders is an affordable way to ensure your child is in a safe, fun, and caring environment before and/or after school. Each day includes a new program or activity to help participants learn, build life skills, and develop healthy relationships — including walking field trips, healthy snacks, sports and games, art and music, tutoring, and more!

How to Register

Heritage 2024-2025 Character Builders registration is LIVE. Log into your Y account through our Community Portal. Find the site you are looking for by entering the site name in the Search Bar located in the top, left corner of the Community Portal. If you have any additional questions or need help navigating registration, please reach out the Youth Development Director, Stephanie Kohler, [email protected].

Important Links

Please note: If the participating child requires inhaled medications or an EpiPen, additional documentation is required.

For more information about registration, please check out our Registration Details section below.

Program Scholarships are available to those that qualify — apply for a Scholarship online here.

Information about Heritage Elementary

Location and Contact Information

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About Our Staff

All staff leaders are selected after a thorough interview and background check process and are cleared through the Community Care Licensing Office of the State of California. Our staff has units in child development and a desire to be a great role model for your child and demonstrate YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. For questions about the program, hours, eligibility, fees, or other administrative issues please e-mail

Monthly Fees for Character Builders at Heritage Elementary School 2024-2025

Fees have been calculated based upon an annualized rate of the total number of program days and divided into 10 equal monthly payments regardless of the number of school days per month of service. Fees cover all minimum days.  

  • Registration fee is $100 per child for participants, members can save up to 15% off.
  • Full-time is considered 5 days per week.
  • Part-time is considered 3 days per week.



1 Day AM & PM


3 Days AM
(Parent Choice)


3 Days PM
(Parent Choice)


5 Days AM


5 Days PM


5 Days AM/PM


ELOP Extended Care


Registration Details

This program is available only for students from Heritage Elementary in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Registration Fee is $100 per child for participants, members can save up to 15% off. 

Please allow 3 business days for paperwork and tuition fees to be processed before child care services may begin.

All fees are due on the first of the month for the current month's care. Fees are paid by Credit Card or ATS (bank draft). ATS are deducted monthly from your checking account.

If balances are not paid on time, your child may not participate in the program.

Scholarships are available for those who qualify — apply for a Scholarship online here.

Individual State Forms for Registration

Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions about Character Builders or the registration process, please email us at [email protected].

We look forward to speaking with you!