2024-2025 P.A.L. Registration – NOW OPEN!

If you would like to register for P.A.L., please fill out your forms and e-mail them to the address below!

Please EMAIL your completed forms to: ThePALProgram@gmail.com

Registering is time sensitive, as we have limited availability. Thank you!

What Is PAL?

Parents Alternative to Latchkey (PAL) is a fully licensed and independent non-profit 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

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.

“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

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 Board of Directors, sharing your families’ traditions and culture, and attending family orientated events!

PAL PROGRAM

Located in York ME

CO-DIRECTOR CONTACTS:

For Registrations, questions/concerns & changes, contact Nancy Conrad: ThePALprogram@gmail.com

For billing questions / financial aid, contact Laura Gilchrest: lauragilchrest.pal@gmail.com

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

HOW TO REGISTER:

24-25 REGISTRATION FORM

(23-24 registration form)

PARENT HANDBOOK

CHANGE OF SCHEDULE

Print and return form to a staff member or email it to: ThePALprogram@gmail.com. Please see the section on schedule changes in the Handbook for more information.

SCHEDULE CHANGE FORM

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY FORM

DELAYS & CLOSING

  • PAL follows the York school schedule.
  • PAL does NOT operate during school vacations and snow days.
  • Should there be a school delay, morning PAL will be closed, afternoon PAL will resume as scheduled.
  • If school is cancelled for the day or there is a weather related/unplanned early release, PAL will be cancelled as well.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. You must first apply to Maine’s Childcare Affordability Program (CCAP) *Formally known as Child Care Subsidy Program CCSP

Please read more in our FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PACKET

Please contact Co-Director Laura Gilchrest with any questions: lauragilchrest.pal@gmail.com