West Cook YMCA

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We are pleased to be partnering once again with District 90 students and families through our newest collaboration, the YMCA After-School Signature Program for elementary students. The After-School Signature Program compliments the West Cook YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy in supporting our students year-round, focusing on developing the whole child through academic support and social emotional, cognitive, and physical development of each scholar through a sense of belonging, achievement, and building positive relationships. The After-School Signature Program is a family commitment to providing a seamless transition from the school day, ensuring scholars participate 5 days a week for 2.5 hours each day to ensure they experience the daily dosages of academic supports such as homework assistance and tutoring, as well as enrichment activities such as Art, STEM, engage in daily physical activity social-emotional development activities, and have an after-school snack.


In partnership with the River Forest School District 90, the YMCA After-School Signature Program is curated so that it aligns with the District 90 school day learning to strengthen the academic growth of each scholar by providing opportunities to guide exploratory hands-on lessons to build trust, communication, decision-making, and leadership. The program design also provides some flexibility for your scholar to participate in other after-school enrichment and clubs offered at your child’s home school, allowing for smooth transitions to and from other on-site school programs.

The Y ensures all scholars are welcomed as an individual, where they are each valued and recognized as a unique person, where scholars feel a sense of belonging, can make new friends, and achieve goals that will help them succeed at home, in school, and in life. The West Cook YMCA has been partnering with River Forest School District 90 to support our scholars and families since 2018.  

important parent information

PROGRAM START DATE: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

AGES SERVED: 1st-4th grade

PROGRAM DAYS: Monday-Friday | End of school day- 6:00 pm | Half day and early releases are included; No program when there is no school or school is cancelled.

PROGRAM COST: $600/month

ENROLLMENT CAPACITY: 30 scholars per school

PROGRAM LOCATIONS: Lincoln Elementary and Willard Elementary

MEALS PROVIDED: Snack is provided

HEALTH & SAFETY: Children showing cold or flu like symptoms like coughing, runny noses, sneezing or above normal temperatures are not permitted into the program. If during the program, a child begins showing flu or cold like symptoms, staff will escort that child to a designated care center where they can be further assessed, under staff supervision and care until the parent can be notified. 

QUESTIONS? Email our team at d90asp@westcookymca.org. We will be responding to inquiries on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


Cognitive Development: Providing academic support with homework help, math and literacy enrichment, and small group tutoring

Social-Emotional Development: Focus on understanding and controlling feelings to build strong relationships

Enrichment: Engaging activities that focus on science, engineering, art, drama, and literacy

Gross Motor Activities: Physical activities that include sports, music and movement, and fitness 

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