Welcome to PAL!

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2021-2022 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!

If you would like to register for P.A.L. please fill out your forms and email them to the address below.

Click HERE to view/print forms!

Please EMAIL your completed forms to: LauraGilchrest.pal@gmail.com

We are excited to announce that we will be open for the 2021-2022 school year, operating at Coastal Ridge Elementary School! As we navigate the many changes and follow the Health and Safety guidelines from the CDC and the Schools, our program will look a little different this school year. Registering will be time sensitive, as we have limited availability and are only able to accommodate VES & CRES students at this time.
We ask that you please be patient with our processing times. You will receive an email response to let you know that your email has been initially received. We will go in order of registrations received. Once they are processed, you will receive an email that your spot is confirmed (or waitlisted). If confirmed, you may then log in to your ‘MyProCare Portal’ to pay your registration fees online.
*Please remember to completely fill out all addresses and phone numbers for work, doctor and dentist details, alternate pick-up person details, etc! If anything is missing from your forms, it will delay your processing time further and spots may fill up.

Thank you!

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Check out our “Upcoming Events” page to see what exciting things are happening at P.A.L.!


What is PAL?

Parents Alternative to Latchkey (PAL) is a fully licensed and independent before and after school childcare program operating in the York Public school district. PAL’s goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment. Our staff uses positive reinforcement and encourages the children to respect one another.

Staff members are certified in Child and Infant CPR/First Aid by the American Red Cross, and receive on average 18-30 hours of State approved professional development training in childcare related courses per year. We are members of the Maine Roads to Quality professional association and are committed to providing quality care through continued training and education.

Our Mission

Parent’s Alternative to Latchkey provides safe and affordable before and after school care to local working families.

Our Philosophy

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury it is a necessity.” 

-Kay Redfield Jamison, Contemporary American Professor of Psychiatry

Parent’s need to know and feel that their children are safe and well cared for while they are working. It is our philosophy that on top of safe, quality care, children need to be treated with respect and welcomed into a positive environment with open arms.

Our Goals

To help children learn and grow while following their individual interests and needs.

To engage with every child in a caring and positive manner and to focus on cultivating four core values:

  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

To provide parents with a secure, safe, and happy place for their children

Parent Involvement Philosophy

We believe that building strong relationships with families is the best way to meet the individual needs of the children in our program. You are the expert on your child and we encourage you to participate in their care through involvement in our parent board, sharing your families’ traditions and culture, volunteering, fundraising, and more!

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