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. Due to numerous parent requests, PAL has added 5th, 6th & 7th graders of York Middle School (YMS), available before and after school.

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 York Village Elementary School (VES) cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:30 am. Parents/Guardians walk their children into the cafeteria and sign them in, where the children are supervised and involved in daily activities until the start of school.

BREAKFAST (7:30am) – Children may purchase breakfast at Village Elementary, or if they attend Coastal Ridge Elementary, they may prefer to purchase breakfast when they arrive at school. They may also bring their own breakfast to P.A.L. to eat during this time.

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

PAL’s afternoon session is located in the York Village Elementary School cafeteria from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

  • Middle School students will walk independently to PAL from the Middle School. They will be met by a PAL staff member at the start of the driveway at VES, and will walk up the hill to PAL together.
  • Village Elementary students will be dismissed from their classrooms and go directly to PAL.
  • Coastal Ridge 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 as well as special monthly events.

A snack & drink is provided by P.A.L. *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 Village Elementary School at 124 York Street in York, Maine.