A Great Place to Learn and Play After School in Encinitas

Welcome to Character Builders, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA's After School Program serving students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 at Park Dale Lane, hosted at the EUSD Farm Lab.

Character Builders is an affordable way to ensure your child is in a safe, fun, and caring environment 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

All registrations for Farm Lab Character Builders will need a Prerequisite placed on their account in order to register for the program. This ensures that all registrations are approved for transportation and licensing requirements. Please contact the Youth Development Director, Stephanie Kohler, for current openings and placing a prerequisite on your Y account.
Stephanie Kohler- Youth Development Program Director- [email protected]

For those who have been approved to register with a prerequisite, registration for the Character Builders can now be completed and submitted online 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. 

Important Links

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

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

Information about Park Dale Lane Elementary

Information About Farm Labs (Program Site)

At the end of the school day, YMCA staff meet participating children on-site at Park Dale Lane Elementary and transport them via school bus to the EUSD Farm Lab in Encinitas.

Please note: Parents should pick their children up directly from the EUSD Farm Lab by 6:00 pm.

Hours of Operation




2:20 pm — 6:00 pm


2:20 pm — 6:00 pm


2:20 pm — 6:00 pm


2:20 pm — 6:00 pm

Friday (Half Day)

12:40 pm — 6:00 pm


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 have units in child development, a desire to be great role models 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

Fees for Character Builders at Park Dale Lane Elementary School 2024-2025

Fees have been calculated based upon an annualized rate of the total number of program days and divided into 11 equal monthly payments regardless of the number of school days per month of service. Fees cover all minimum days and parent/teacher conferences.  

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




3 Days
(Parents Choice)



5 Days



Registration Details

This program is available only for students from Park Dale Lane 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 months 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!