Our program’s activities and events are planned based upon children’s interests, skills and abilities. These activities are guided by an understanding of children’s developmental needs – and all games, materials and equipment are developmentally appropriate, accessible and reflect all children’s interests. Our program follows a daily schedule that supports child-centered play and exploration, both indoors and outdoors.

A balanced schedule of both staff and child-directed activities are planned daily in the areas of arts & crafts, indoor/outdoor sports, and games. PAL encourages the children to become members of the homework club. Our homework club members are rewarded with prizes for their participation. Free time is set aside for playing, developing friendships and individual projects.

Who Does PAL Serve?
PAL was initiated to meet the needs of the elementary school-aged (grades K-4) children of York’s working parents. At this time, we are only offering the morning and afternoon program to VES and CRES students.

Who Owns PAL?
PAL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which has a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community representatives and parents. Two fundraisers are done each school year to raise funds to support the program and for tuition assistance. Federal Tax I.D. # 01-0447337.

Before School Program

PAL’s morning session is located in the Coastal Ridge Elementary School (CRES) gymnasium from 6:30am – until the start of school. Parents/Guardians walk their children to the CRES Gym door, ring the bell and sign them in. Children are supervised and involved in daily activities until the start of school.

BREAKFAST – CRES children may purchase breakfast when the school bell rings, or if your child attends Village Elementary (VES), they may purchase breakfast when they arrive at school. Children may also bring their own breakfast to P.A.L. to eat prior to the start of school if you prefer.

Coastal Ridge Elementary students will walk to their classrooms when the bell rings. Students who attend Village Elementary School (VES) are transported by bus to school from PAL.

After School Program

PAL’s afternoon session is located in the Coastal Ridge Elementary School gymnasium, and is open from school dismissal time until 6:00 pm.

  • Coastal Ridge Elementary students will be dismissed from their classrooms and go directly to PAL.
  • Village Elementary students are transported by school bus to the program.

A balanced schedule of staff and child directed activities are planned daily in the areas of craft, indoor/outdoor sports, recess, games, homework club and free time.

A snack is provided by P.A.L. Please pack your child a drink and/or refillable water bottle! *Please note that sending an additional snack with your child for the late afternoon is encouraged, especially if they have certain dietary needs or will be with us for the duration of the afternoon. We ask that they be healthy in manner and must adhere to the school’s “peanut free” policy*

Contact PAL

For further information please contact our Co-Directors Nancy Conrad and Laura Gilchrest at 207-363-1441 or fill out our contact form. You may also send an email directly to Laura at lauragilchrest.pal@gmail.com .

Where is PAL Located?
PAL operates out of the Coastal Ridge Elementary School at 1 Coastal Ridge Rd in York, Maine.