Before & After School Child Care

YMCA Character Builders

Click here to visit the YMCA website for registration and more details 

Licensed Child Care
Grades K-6

Mission Valley YMCA offers:

  • Quality, affordable and dependable care
  • Based at child's school
  • Safe, controlled environment
  • Licensed by Child Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services
  • Educational and enriching
  • Arts & crafts
  • Homework time
  • Team-building activities
  • Indoor/outdoor activities
  • Field trips
  • Snack provided

Characters Builders Staff

Licensed by the State of California, YMCA Before - and After -School Child Care is regulated by health, safety and program quality standards. Staff must be 18 years old, have completed 12college credits in child care related fields and undergone live scan finger print, physical & TB tests, child abuse and criminal record clearances. Staff are also required to be First Aid and CPR certified.

Character Builders Fees

Fees have been calculated based upon an annualized rate of the total number of program days and divided into 10 equal monthly payments regardless of the number of school days per month of service. Fees cover all minimum days and parent/teacher conferences.

Full-time is considered 3 or more days per week; Part-time is considered 2 or less days per week.

Registration fee: $50 per child.

Character Builders Pricing Options

5 Day AM/PM: Member: $466 Non-Member: $549
5 Day AM: Member: $187 Non-Member: $220
5 Day PM: Member: $350 Non-Member: $412
3 Day PM: Member: $280 Non-Member: $280


*Note: How the monthly pricing is determined is by taking the number of days school is in session and dividing that by the number of months school is in session. This is so the pricing does not fluctuate month to month.

Alternative Payments

There are 3 major agencies that we work with that provide alternative payment options for families. They are as follows:

  1. YMCA Childcare Resource Service - 619-521-3055

  2. Child Development Associates - (San Diego Office) 619-574-6287; (Main Office South County) 619-427-4411

  3. Health and Human Services (County of San Diego)

Families have to receive approval from these agencies in order to have their child care paid for. This process can take some time, usually a month or two. Also, the agencies may not pay the full cost of the program and the families may have a "family fee" which is considered a co-payment.

Another option is our own Financial Assistance program through the Mission Valley YMCA.

Click here to access this school year's Character Builders Registration Form.

Click here for Financial Assistance Forms.

Contact Information

  • Regan Salas: Longfellow Character Builders Supervisor: (e) [email protected] (p) (619) 302-7317
  • Melanie Navarro: Character Builders Program Coordinator (e) [email protected] (p) (619) 921-3798
  • Margaret Giuffre: Character Builders Program Director (e) [email protected] (p) (619) 306-5693

Longfellow School
5055 July Street
Lic.# 376600371
Tel: (619)605-8300

Longfellow Students
Grades UTK-8
Wednesday (half-day)

6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
12:50 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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