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!

  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.

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 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 transports 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 [email protected]

Fees for Character Builders at Park Dale Lane Elementary School 2020-2021

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.  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.

  • Full-time is considered 5 days per week.
  • Part-time is considered 3 days per week.
  • Registration fee is $50 per child for YMCA Members, $100 per child for participants





After School Only

5 Days



3 Days




Registration Details

Priority Registration

May 15 - May 28, 2020 (for current participants in 2019-2020 school year)

Open Registration

Begins May 29, 2020

This program is available only for students from Park Dale Lane Elementary in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

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 credit card on the 15th or by ATS (bank draft) on the 10th. 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 email us at [email protected].

We look forward to speaking with you!