Youth Development

Y-Care (Before & After School Care)

Encouraging kids to be accepting of others


Grades K-8

With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y-Care serves children kindergarten through middle school in Portage Township Schools. Students engage in a variety of activities to develop their interests and talents in a safe and secure, fun environment with low child-to-staff ratio. Children may be dropped off before school as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up after school as late as 6:00 p.m. CCDF vouchers are accepted and financial assistance is available.  Memberships are required for all school-age programs.


WEEKLY RATE Members Non-Members
AM $34* $68*
PM $45* $90*
AM & PM $62* $124*

*$30 registration fee applies per school year

PUNCH CARDS $50/card (are valid for only the school year in which the punch card was purchased):

  • Punch cards are available to families who do not need care on a consistent basis.
  • Each punch card has 10 punches and each punch is equivalent to 1 hour of care.
  • Punch cards must be purchased for each child needing care.
  • PM punch card times begin immediately upon dismissal from school.
How punches work:
Child dropped off between: Child picked up between:
6:30 am – 7:29 am = 2 punches 3 pm – 3:59 pm = 1 punch
7:30 am – 8:30 am = 1 punch 4 pm – 4:59 pm = 2 punches
  5 pm – 6:00 pm = 3 punches
Y-Care Locations
Aylesworth Elementary
(219) 762-4951
Serving Aylesworth, Central, Myers and Willowcreek
AM Drop Off:  Door 'A'
PM Pick-up: Door 'C'
Jones  Elementary
(219) 762-2899
Serving Jones, Crisman, Kyle
Enter through Cafeteria Door
  • Morning Yoga & Stretches
  • After-school 5 component meal
  • AM & PM Large Motor Development
  • PM S.T.E.A.M. Activities
  • Self-Control Time
    • Quiet/Reading
    • Homework Assistance
Teaundra Smith, School Age Coordinator
Phone:(219) 764-5419