The YMCA of San Diego County's enrichment programming provides a safe environment that complements school distance learning programs. Children will engage in imaginative play and activities that stretch both mind and body, including physical education, creative arts, science, cooking, swimming and more. Utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces, students will be placed in small, stable groups, following all guidelines for health and safety.


Students will engage in a variety of activities that provide physical activity and opportunities to socialize in small groups. Some locations may offer specialty options that focus on a particular subject or area of interest.

  • Weekly sessions, Monday through Friday.
  • Program meets for three or four hours, morning or afternoon (varies by location). Note: Enrollment is not permitted in both morning and afternoon sessions in the same week.
  • Meets at YMCA branch or off-site location.
  • Activities may include sports, games, dance, art and STEM/STEAM.
  • Enrichment programs will not provide academic support for online learning. 



We are currently operating enrichment programs at the following locations:

  • Branch
  • Neighborhood
  • Enrichment Hours
  • Find Programs
  • Dan McKinney Family YMCA

  • La Jolla

  • 8:30am-12:30pm or 1:00-5:00pm


  • Jackie Robinson Family YMCA

  • Southeast San Diego

  • 2:00-6:00pm



Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, their families, our staff and the community. We are working closely with local health officials and the CDC to ensure all recommended safety measures are met.


Our enrichment program operations will meet or exceed the required standards set forth by local and national experts to ensure a safe experience, including:

  • Participants will remain in the same small group each day
  • When possible, groups will retain the same assigned staff all week.
  • Daily temperature checks are mandatory for all participants and staff before check-in. Any child or staff with a temperature exceeding 100 F will not be allowed to attend the program that day.
  • Frequent handwashing and enhanced sanitation practices.
  • Staff will sanitize supplies and facilities throughout the day.
  • Program activities will follow social distancing
  • Program groups will have limited to zero interaction with other groups, following social distancing guidelines.
  • Staff have been provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and gloves.
  • Staff have been trained in new COVID-19 procedures and safety protocols.


The safety of our participants, their families and our staff is our top priority, which is why we’ve implemented additional protective measures this summer that include increased cleaning, sanitizing, prescreen health checks and physical distancing.

Following guidance set forth by federal, state and local authorities and Y-USA experts, we’ve implemented the following guidelines to enhance safety:

  • Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times both indoors and outside throughout the day. 
  • Participants are required to wear masks when inside public areas and not social distancing. Most enrichment programs operate outdoors with activities in environments designed for social distancing.
  • Staff, adults and participants are required to wear masks when checking in and out each day

Our team will continue to monitor county guidelines as they relate to enrichment programs and implement any changes to safety procedures promptly.



  • You may save a spot in a program by placing a $50 deposit at the time of registration (unless within one week of program start date). Deposits are nonrefundable but can be applied as a deposit for another week if space is available.
  • Full payment is due by end-of-day Monday, a week before the program starts. Nonpayment will result in the child being removed from the roster and their space becoming available to new registrants.
  • Due to health and safety protocols, we can only offer spots to a limited number of participants. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage anyone interested in enrichment programs to register as soon as possible.
  • These unprecedented times have created an unprecedented need for financial assistance. Please email us at [email protected] to discuss options that may be available to you.
  • If minimum enrollment is not met for any enrichment programs, they will be cancelled and registrants will be notified and accommodated in other programs where possible. 

See payment policies for more information on fees, refunds and vouchers.


  • In order to ensure the safety of your child, each child will be signed in and out daily by a YMCA staff member.
  • At drop-off, the adult must accompany the child and must remain on-site throughout the mandatory sign-in process, which includes a temperature check and an intake screening. Any child with a temperature exceeding 100 F will not be allowed to attend the program that day.
  • Wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth
  • Please bring your own pen.
  • Only adults who are authorized in writing by the parent/guardian/caregiver will be allowed to pick up your child


  • Children not picked up at the end of the program will be supervised by our staff.
  • A fee of $1 per minute will be charged when the program closes. For example, if the program ends 4:30pm, and the child is picked up at 4:56pm, there will be a charge of $26.
  • Every attempt will be made to contact parents or a listed authorized pick-up.
  • After one hour, if contacts are not reachable, we will contact Child Protective Services.


  • Food for the program session (nonperishable), including snacks, stored in your own bag. Refrigeration is not available.
  • Refillable water bottle.
  • Backpack.
  • Sunscreen — please apply prior to arriving to the program. Additional sunscreen will be made available, but youth will need to apply their own sunscreen.
  • Face covering (review policy above)
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for active play; arts and crafts. We recommend layers for changing temperatures.
  • Closed-toe shoes.
  • We encourage students participating in aquatic activities to pack flip flops for ease and comfort during those times.


No student is ever alone or one-on-one with a staff member. Students will take trips to the bathroom with the entire group or with at least three students escorted by staff.


Should your student need to take medication during the program, we will administer it as directed. The following items are essential for us to dispense any medication:

  • The medication will need to be checked in with a staff person. Please do not leave the medication with your child, including over the counter medication, epi-pens, inhalers, creams, eye drops, etc.
  • Medication must be in its original container with labeled prescription instructions.
  • A completed Permission to Administer Medication Release form must be signed and submitted: English | Spanish


If your student becomes ill while in the program, we will contact you to pick him/her up. If your child is injured, we will take necessary steps to provide first aid. If we are unable to reach you in the event your child needs medical care, he/she will be transported to the hospital by a YMCA vehicle or ambulance.

It is very important that you notify the YMCA of any changes in your work or emergency phone numbers.


Our program is designed to operate outside for part of each day. In the event of extreme weather, we will do what is best to keep children safe, by utilizing indoor and/or shaded areas of our facility. This may affect their regularly scheduled activities.


Note: An active membership is required at the time of the program start date to receive member pricing.


Parents that receive funding by the county or other agency are required to sign attendance sheets in addition to the YMCA sign-in/out book. All sheets must be signed by the last day of each week. Failure to complete required paperwork will result in a call to the appropriate third-party agency.


The purpose of our Refund/Voucher/Transfer Policy is to allow the YMCA to maintain quality programs and proper class ratios while maintaining flexibility with our members and participants. All requests are subject to director approval and take 3-5 working days for approval.

  • Refund, voucher and transfer requests made:
    • Before the start date of the week: 100% voucher or refund minus any deposit or vendor fees.
    • On the Monday of the program week: 75% voucher or refund minus any deposit or vendor fees.
    • After the Monday of the program week, no Y-voucher or refunds will be given for cancellations (medical/special circumstances at the branch’s discretion).
  • Deposits are nonrefundable, but are fully transferable (as a new deposit only) into another program session up to the second day (if space is available).
  • Balances are due on the Monday before the next week of the program. Unpaid balances will result in a deletion from the program (and loss of deposit), and that space becoming available to new registrants.




  • Always tell the truth.
  • Admit to your mistakes.
  • Say "sorry"


  • Help others out.
  • Keep your hands to yourself.
  • Share your smile with others.


  • Always use your good manners.
  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Look at the person you are talking to.


  • Put things back where they belong.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Be accountable for your own actions.


We want every child to have the best experience possible so they experience a program that is full of fun, learning and growth.

To ensure that we maintain a safe environment and each child is free to experience enrichment programming to its fullest, we will not tolerate any behavior that takes that opportunity away from others. We will be addressing all incidents such as bullying and irresponsible behavior seriously, and will train the staff to recognize and deal effectively with such behavior.

Understanding that enrichment is for everyone, any behavior deemed to be outside of the behavior expectations and/or unmanageable may result in any or all of the following:

  1. Meeting with the leader, director or executive director to discuss the behavior.
  2. A telephone call home to the parent/guardian/caregiver to discuss the behavior.
  3. Being dismissed from the program.

I will:

  • Show respect to others and treat them as well as I would like to be treated and try to be a friend to all.
  • Have fun, but not at the expense of others.
  • Show respect to staff and cooperate fully with their instructions.
  • Show respect to staff, and cooperate fully with their instructions.
  • Respect the rights of others, and treat others with courtesy and consideration.
  • Communicate in an appropriate manner, which means I must not use foul language or gestures, harsh words or tone of voice.
  • Conduct myself responsibly. I understand that unwelcome teasing or other unkind behaviors are not allowed.
  • Refrain from deliberately causing bodily harm to other participants or staff. I understand that pushing, kicking, hitting or fighting are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • Respect the property of others and the YMCA, which includes no stealing, property damage, graffiti, or vandalism.
  • Remain with the group and within the boundaries that have been set.
  • Remember that physical displays of affection or of a romantic nature are not allowed under any circumstances.
  • Be fully responsible for my actions and understand that irresponsible behavior will result in disciplinary action or dismissal from the program.
  • Take responsibility for my personal belongings.
  • Leave my electronics at home.
  • Know and follow the rules of the program.
  • Have lots of fun, learn, grow, and have a great time!


  1. Guidance focuses on the expected, appropriate behavior, rather than on the negative, inappropriate behavior.
  2. Guidance is a process of teaching, learning and positive reinforcement.
  3. Set developmentally appropriate guidelines for participants.
  4. Verbal abuse or name calling is not permitted. Guidance will not be associated with food, rest or toilet training.
  5. Corporal (physical) punishment will never be allowed.
  6. Procedure requires organized process of guidance. Limits are set to foster caring, honest, respectful, responsible, and self-sufficient children. Positive guidance is integrated into the overall program plan of the program care setting.
  7. Behavioral concerns of individuals are not discussed with other parents.