Extended Day Learning Program

Before School Programming is provided through Horizons from 6:30 a.m. until the beginning of school.

Horizons/YMCA After School Information

Horizons Elementary and the YMCA of the Fox Cities are excited to continue their commitment to helping children achieve success! We look forward to providing your child with enriching activities after school that support their development.

The Horizons/YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center has been created through funding from the Department of Public Instruction, as well as district funds and in-kind contributions from throughout the community. This program is run by minimal participant fees and funding from the Appleton YMCA. It is truly a collaborative community project. Other community agencies involved with the project include:

  • Game On (Boy Scout & Girl Scouts) 
  • YMCA of the Fox Cities
  • UW-Extension
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • United Way of the Fox Cities
  • The Volunteer Center of East Central WI
  • AASD


All Horizons Elementary students in grades kindergarten through sixth are welcome to attend the After School Program regardless of their sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap.

Please contact the Afterschool Program Coordinator if:
Financial assistance is needed for the one-time registration fee.  
Transportation is a concern/barrier to participation.

After School Program Schedule

Through a program design that offers multiple choices, students will be empowered to engage in activities based on their emerging interests.

A typical daily schedule will be:
3:16 - 3:30 p.m. Arrival/sign-in/snack
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Homework time with group, clubs, and enrichment activities
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Extra homework assistance and choice time

Homework time will consist of providing academic assistance to students who struggle to understand assignments and/or to ensure completion of assignments; tutoring for students who need additional support to master specific skills; and fun, interactive academic skill-building activities that scaffold on the concepts learned during the school day.

During enrichment time, students will have the opportunity to move throughout program areas to engage in activities that respond to their emerging interests and skills. Participant surveys, informal discussions, observations, and the formation of a student advisory council will be the method used to determine the activities that are offered.

In addition to academic assistance, students will be exposed to new experiences and opportunities in recreation technology, arts and humanities, and character development.


Brett Backman
Horizons Afterschool Program Coordinator
(920) 209-2155

No School Days

  • No school days (late starts, spring, holiday breaks, etc.) are times when school is not in session but the YMCA will provide care
  • Registration is open for all children in the school district
  • Spots will be served on a first come, first available basis
  • Currently enrolled School Age participants are NOT automatically registered for no school days
  • Everyone must separately register
  • Students do not need to be registered in before or after care to participate
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