Welcome to PAL!

2020-2021 Registration IS NOW OPEN!

Click HERE to view/print your 2020/2021 Registration Form

Please E-mail your forms to our Co-Director Laura at: LauraGilchrest.pal@gmail.com

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We are constantly monitoring the situation with Covid-19, and we will keep you updated and informed on any changes we may encounter with our program.
Any questions or concerns, please contact our Co-Director Laura Gilchrest at her home/office number 207-363-3148 between the hours of 9-4pm Monday through Friday. Thank you!

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, visiting the program, and attending family orientated events.

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