The Y Academy provides a safe, secure, and healthy environment for students K-12 years old when school is closed. Through encouraging your child in remote learning, providing unique enrichment opportunities, and developing healthy living habits, Y Academy is a place for children to experience achievement, relationship, and belonging. Our goal in Y Academy is to support students through remote learning by providing a space and support. We do not guarantee or provide expertise in subject areas.


  • The Mattoon School District will be providing FREE child care from 8 AM – 4 PM on school days.
  • The YMCA is a site for this but is only for students who will be utilizing our before/after school program.
  • The Y is providing before school from 6:30-8 AM and after school 4-5:30 PM on the days kids go to school.  This program DOES have a cost.
  • Wednesdays the school district will provide NO child care. We will offer Y Academy Wednesdays each week. We have a waitlist for this program.  Call the YMCA at (217) 234-9494 to be added to the waitlist.
Before School Full Time (4 Days)
  • October- $45
  • November- $90
  • December- $45
Before School Part Time (3 Days or Less)
  • October- $30
  • November- $60
  • December- $30
After School Full Time (4 Days)
  • October- $45
  • November- $90
  • December- $45

After School Part Time (3 Days or Less)

  • October- $30
  • November- $60
  • December- $30
Y Academy Wednesdays
$25/day for members and $30/day for nonmembers.


E-Learning Days

  • 6:30 AM-5:30 PM
  • Rates
    • Members: $25/day
    • Non-Members: $30/day
    • School district employees in our service area receive a 15% discount because of our partnership with the schools.

In-Person Learning Days

  • Before School Care- 6:30 AM until bus transports to school
  • After School Care- Bus transports from school the Y- Program ends at 5:30 PM


We accept CCR&R assistance. You can get more information about that by contacting the director.


  • All program registrations and payments will be processed through our online account management system.
  • Program spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Waitlists will be maintained and managed once the program capacity has been met. We will continue to strive for additional locations to meet the needs, but these take time due to DCFS approval processes.
  • Fees for the program will be billed weekly with the designated payment method on file regardless of participation.
  • Participants will be required to maintain a credit or debit card on file that will be billed automatically through our billing system.


On the days Mattoon school does not require distance learning, the YMCA usually provides our days out program. These will be included in the weekly registration during remote learning. On these days we will host a full day of activities. Activities will include arts and crafts, structured games, possibly swimming (dependent on location), group games, and free play.


  • Chrome book or device for remote learning. Be sure it is fully charged every day
  • Headphones
  • Child’s school plan/schedule with child’s login information
  • Supplies: Markers, crayons, glue stick, pencils, and notebook
  • Lunch (We will provide a small breakfast and afternoon snack. You can send extra for your child.)
  • Water bottle
  • Mask


As we look to the school year, we will keep the following practices in place and continue to adapt.

  • All counselors will be required to wear a face covering when working with children.
  • Parents stay in cars while students are dropped off and picked up.
  • Children have temperatures taken and answer health questions.
  • We have significantly increased our cleaning procedures to ensure all high touch surfaces and supplies are cleaned after use.
  • We require all students and staff to stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • Children stay in their groups, with the same counselors as much as possible.
  • Children will be required to wear masks, but will have frequent mask breaks throughout the day.

For more information, contact Kayla Kerner- Youth & Community Sr. Program Director at (217) 234-9494 or kkerner@mattoonymca.org