A Great Place to Learn and Play Before and After School

Welcome to Character Builders, the Copley-Price Family YMCA's Before and After School Program serving students from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to Grade 5 at McKinley Elementary School.

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

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. Registration is first come, first served.

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 McKinley Elementary

Location and Contact Information

Hours of Operation for 2024-2025 School Year





6:30am - 8:30am

3:00pm - 6:00pm


6:30am - 8:30am

3:00pm - 6:00pm


6:30am - 8:30am

12:15pm - 6:00pm


6:30am - 8:30am

3:00pm - 6:00pm


6:30am - 8:30am

3:00pm - 6:00pm


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 McKinley 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 and parent/teacher conferences. Registration fee is $100 per child for participants, members can save up to 15% off. 




Before and After School
5 Days (M-F) $620
Before School ONLY
5 Days (M-F) $249
After School ONLY
5 Days (M-F) $465

Registration Details

This program is available only for students from McKinley Elementary in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to Grade 5.


May 8-15, 2024


Begins May 16, 2024

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

For cancellations or changes in plans, please notify [email protected] 10 business days before the end of the month. 

Please allow three business days for paperwork and tuition fees to be processed before childcare services may begin.

For questions about billing, receipts or tax info, please email [email protected]

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 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 give us a call!

Our team is available during Mission Valley YMCA business hours at (619) 298-3576 ext: 2052- Please ask for Flent Adlean.

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