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.

23-24 Registration Form – click to view HERE!

23-24 Parent Handbook – click to view HERE!

Who Does PAL Serve?
PAL was initiated to meet the needs of the elementary school-aged (grades K-4) children of York Maine’s working parents, and York Middle School students through age twelve.

Who Owns PAL?
PAL is an 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

For the 23-24 school year: PAL’s morning session is located in the York Village Elementary School (VES) cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:30 am. Parents/Guardians walk their children to the cafeteria door, ring the bell and sign them in. The children are supervised and involved in daily activities until the start of school.

BREAKFAST – VES Children may purchase breakfast at school when the bell rings, or if they attend Coastal Ridge Elementary, they may purchase breakfast when they arrive at school. They may also bring their own breakfast to P.A.L. to eat prior to the start of school.

Students attending Middle School will walk independently to school from PAL around 7:10am, as bus transportation is no longer offered.
Village Elementary students will walk to their classrooms when the bell rings. Students who attend Coastal Ridge Elementary (CRES) are transported by bus to school at 8:30.

After School Program

For the 23-24 school year: PAL’s afternoon session is located in the Village Elementary School gymnasium/cafeteria, and is open from school dismissal time until 6:00 pm.

  • Middle School students will walk independently from school to PAL.
  • Village Elementary students will be dismissed from their classrooms and go directly to PAL.
  • Coastal Ridge 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 the PAL Program at 207-363-1441 or contact one of our Co-Directors:

• For Registration & Scheduling questions/concerns, contact Nancy at: ThePALprogram@gmail.com

•For Billing & Financial Aid questions/concerns, contact Laura at: LauraGilchrest.PAL@gmail.com

Where is PAL Located?
For the 23-24 school year, PAL will operate out of the Village Elementary School at 124 York Street in York, Maine.