Before and After School Care

Our Philosophy

YMCA child care programs stress care and safety. They nurture children’s natural desire to learn by providing ample opportunities to explore.This is accomplished through developmentally appropriate activities.The scheduling, pacing and rhythm of these activities will be consistent with the recognized principles of early childhood education, which state that each child develops at his or her own rate.

We believe that the child care center should be an extension of the home and should in no way attempt to be a substitute for, or in competition with the home. The cooperative experience will set the stage between the child’s education and interest and the family involvement.

Fees noted are for 2018-19 school year for Y members. Non-member rates are also available.


Location: YMCA Facility - Clubhouse
Level: Grades K-5
M-F: 6:30am - Transported to school
Member fee: $120/month

Free choice activities are offered to school-age students before school. Breakfast is served daily. Children must arrive by 7:15 am to avoid missing the bus. Transportation provided to select Rapid City Area Schools. Sunrisers runs on the public school schedule


Location: Y Church Bldg
Level: Grades K-5
M-F:  Pick up from school - 6pm
Member fee: $273/month

Sundowners offers supervised play, recreation and learning experiences. Activities are planned daily after school. Electives may include gym activities, STEM, arts and crafts, special projects, and swimming lessons. Transportation is provided from most Rapid City Area Schools. This program runs on the public school schedule.


Level: Grades K-5
M-F: Afterschool until 6pm
Member fee: $220/month

Kidstop is a safe place for children to go after school. Promotes self-confidence, trust, education, and character development. Activities include snack time, centers, indoor/outdoor play, homework time, enrichment clubs and occasional field trips. This program runs on the public school schedule.

Meets on-site at the following schools:

Black Hawk • Canyon Lake • Corral Drive • Grandview • Meadowbrook •
Robbinsdale • South Canyon • South Park • Wilson

All Day Programs for Kidstop, Sundowners and Sunrisers participants

  • All day programs will be offered on most days the public schools are closed and the YMCA Child Care Center is open. Registration information will be available at each program site. Registration for these programs is at the YMCA Child Care Center.
  • Fee is $28 per child for each all day program offered.  Enrollment is limited.
  • Program offered 6:30 am-6 pm.

Registration Requirements

Please provide the following at the time of registration:

  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • Child Information Sheet
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $35.00

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have a maximum capacity. All registration will be done at the YMCA. No registration will be taken at any Kidstop sites.