Welcome to PAL!

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August 6, 2020

Dear PAL Families,

            It saddens us to have to inform you that we will not be able to provide before and after school care this year. No facility-use permits will be issued by the schools in light of Covid-19.

            We fully believe that this is only a temporary situation and that when it is safe for all, we will be back in full swing. Especially since the need for before and after school care is as important now as it was before. We will keep you posted with any news and changes.

            For those families who have a credit balance and have pre-paid this year’s registration fees, we will be issuing checks to you shortly.

Thank you all for your love and support, and we wish you all a safe and happy school year.

~ The P.A.L. Program

Any questions or concerns, please contact our Co-Director Laura Gilchrest at LauraGilchrest.pal@gmail.com
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.