A Great Place to Learn and Play After School in La Jolla

Welcome to Character Builders, the Dan McKinney Family YMCA's After School Program serving students from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to Grade 5 at Curie Elementary. Due to COVID-19, all of our Character Builder full-day programs will be at the Dan McKinney Family YMCA since the schools are currently not open. 

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, homework assistance, and more!

Find more information about Character Builders at Doyle Elementary and Spreckels Elementary.

How to Register

  1. Download and fill out the Registration Packet
  2. Return the completed packet via email to [email protected]
  3. Confirmation and/or more information will be sent via email once the registration packet is received

Important Documents and PDF Forms

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.


Location and Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm


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 program availability, registration, curriculum, or day-to-day operations:
  • For questions about billing, receipts, or tax information email us at [email protected]

2020-2021 Fees for Character Builders

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. Because of this, the days of service may vary from month to month – therefore there are no credits or refunds for shorter months. Fees cover all minimum days and parent/teacher conferences. As the situation continues to be fluid due to COVID - 19, the Y will contact you 30 days prior to the program start date with enrollment and fee changes and provide credits/refunds if space is not secured.

  • Registration fee is $50 per child for YMCA Members, $100 per child for participants

HOURS

# OF DAYS

MEMBER

PARTICIPANT

8:00am - 4:30pm

5 Days
(Full-time)

$850/month

$978/month

Fees are prorated for weeks when school is not in session. Prorates are in: November, December and June. There are no credits for holidays or vacations.


Registration Details

This program is available for all students and families in the San Diego area in grades TK through grade 5.

Registration Fee is $50 per child for YMCA Members, $100 per child for participants.

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

All fees are due in advance of the month of service. Fees are paid by ATS (bank draft) on the 10th or by credit/debit card on the 15th. 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 that qualify — apply for a Scholarship online here.

Download Registration Packet Here

 

Medication Paperwork

If your child will require medication while in the program, you will need to fill out the following paperwork. Please contact your site supervisor or the program director with any questions about paperwork.

Any and all medication requires a LIC9221 parent consent to administer medication form.

For EpiPen Users

  • If your child has allergies or an illness requiring an EpiPen, it is required that the medication is on site with the children. Medication in the nurse’s office at the school does not suffice as we do not have access to that medication.
  • We will need your doctor to fill out the EpiPen IMS Physician Checklist. Once we receive the form, you will be able to schedule a time to come in and train the site staff in the program about your child’s specific needs.
  • We will need the IMS medication with its current (not expired) prescription label.

For Inhaler Users

  • If your child has allergies or an illness requiring an Inhaler, it is required that the medication is on site with the children. Medication in the nurse’s office at the school does not suffice as we do not have access to that medication.
  • We will need your doctor to fill out the Inhaled Medication IMS Physician Checklist. Once we receive the form, you will be able to schedule a time to come in and train the site staff in the program about your child’s specific needs.
  • We will need the IMS medication with its current (not expired) prescription label.

For Over-the-Counter Medication Users

  • You will need to get a prescription label from the pharmacy. Your doctor is able to call in a prescription for over the counter medication and the pharmacy will be able to print a label out to go on the box with the medication.

For Non-EpiPen or Non-Inhaler Prescription Medication

  • The medication will need to be in its original container with the prescription label and must not be expired. 

Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions about Character Builders or the registration process, please give us a call!

Our team is available during Dan McKinney Family YMCA business hours at (858) 453-3483.

Additional contact info is available in the About Our Staff section above. We look forward to speaking with you!