With the school year now in full swing, many parents have to decide how to provide care for their children before and after the school bells ring. Fortunately, there are several before and after-school options in the area.

(Note: Other similar programs likely exist; if you know of them, please email sklepach@yakimaherald.com with the information.)

A Selah-based school program, called “The Home Zone,” offers two options. One is a preschool program linked with a childcare center, for kids ages 3-5. That program runs weekdays 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Another option is a before and after school program, also under “The Home Zone” name, for kids in grades K-6, or ages 5-12. This program is open weekdays before school, 6:30-7:45 a.m., and after school until 6 p.m.

The Home Zone is located at Selah United Methodist Church, 1061 Selah Loop Road in Selah. Call 509-697-9444 for more information.

In Yakima, an after-school program called “Beyond the Bell” resumes at Roosevelt Elementary Gym, 120 N. 16th Ave. Designed for kids in grades K-5, this program offers games, arts and crafts, homework assistance and other fun. Kids from other Yakima School District schools may also attend and can usually get dropped off by school bus.

The cost is $3 per day per child. “Beyond the Bell” is open 2:15-6 p.m. Mondays and 3:15-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and follows the Yakima School District calendar. Call Yakima Parks and Recreation for more information, 509-575-6020.

Yakima Family YMCA continues its Before & After School Enrichment (BASE) program. Open to students ages 5-12, BASE provides supervised latch-key programs to focus on making friends, building relationships, leadership skills and staying active. An afternoon snack is included, along with homework time and structured and free play.

Programs are available from 7 a.m. until school starts, and after school until 6 p.m. Both morning and afternoon programs are available at Gilbert, Nob Hill, Terrace Heights, Whitney and East Valley elementary schools. An afternoon program is also available at McClure Elementary.

There are several price ranges for BASE. Morning sessions: $50 for four days per month; $76 for 12 days per month; $115 for 22 days per month. Afternoon sessions: $60 for four days per month; $132 for 12 days per month; $218 for 22 days per month. For both morning and afternoon sessions: $98 for four days per month; $201 for 12 days per month; $325 for 22 days per month. There is also a non-refundable $50 registration fee per child.

For more info, call Yakima Family YMCA, 509-248-1202.

Do you know of another before and after-school program not listed here? Please let us know! You can email information to sklepach@yakimaherald.com.