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A Great Place to Learn and Play Before and After School

Welcome to Character Builders, the Mission Valley YMCA's Before and After School Program serving students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Old Town Academy.

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

2019-2020 School Year: New Families & Returning Families

Open Registration for New Character Builder Families begins May 11 at 8am. To register, please complete the following steps:

  1. Due to limited spacing, contact Amanda Mattioli at [email protected] for available spots.
  2. Download and fill out the 2019-2020 Registration Packet
  3. Return the completed registration packet and $50 application fee (if applicable) to the Mission Valley YMCA Member Services Desk or provide a scanned digital copy to Amanda Mattioli via email at [email protected]
  4. Please allow up to 3 business days for processing. Once registration packets are processed, a confirmation receipt will be sent out via email to confirm placement.

Quick Link Documents

Important Documents and PDF Forms

News and Event PDFs

  • Newsletter (coming soon)
  • Daily Calendar (coming soon)
  • Snack Calendar (coming soon)


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 Old Town Academy

Location and Contact Information

Hours of Operation: 2018-2019 School Year






3:00 pm — 6:00 pm



3:00 pm — 6:00 pm



3:00 pm — 6:00 pm



3:00 pm — 6:00 pm



3:00 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 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.

Fees for Character Builders at Old Town Academy 2018-2019

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 and parent/teacher conferences.

  • Full-time is considered 4 to 5 (or more) days per week.
  • Part-time is considered 1 to 3 (or less) days per week.
  • Registration fee is $50 per child (if applicable)





After School Only

4 to 5 Days



1 to 3 Days




Registration Details

This program is available only for students from Old Town Academy in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

Registration Fee is $50 per child, but no registration fee is required for active members.

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 credit card on the 15th or by ATS (bank draft) on the 25th. 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

Individual State Forms for Registration

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 Mission Valley YMCA business hours at (619) 298-3576.

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