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Latchkey and PreSchool


Southgate Community Schools 

Before & After School Programs

           Early Childhood Education           

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the District will work in partnership with the Southgate YMCA for Before and After School Child Care services.  Allen Elementary, Shelters Elementary, and Davidson Middle School will have onsite latchkey through the YMCA.  Grogan Elementary and Fordline Elementary will continue to have latchkey services through Southgate Community Schools.  Our partnership will offer every latchkey student a free Southgate YMCA membership.  To start the process for Latchkey registration, please see below for contacts:



Crystal Priest, Program Director  734-246-4636  or



Welcome to the YMCA’s Afterschool Program! We are looking forward to sharing the next 10 months with your child before and after school. Please see below for important information and updates! 

All registration is online. If you are unable to enroll online, please contact the Downriver Family YMCA for further information.

Visit our website via, our association network to complete enrollment.

Once enrolled, participants will receive a welcome email to our new  data collection network, ePACT. We are excited for this new opportunity, and can't wait for our participants to get great use out of it as it is a very user-friendly network to collect and process data collection for our programs. 

Programming will start on Monday September 7th. 

Rates are as follows:
AM Care is $6.75 per morning and starts at 7:00am.
PM Care is $11.00 per afternoon and ends at 6:00pm

(If you need childcare beginning at 6:30 a.m., please notify Crystal Priest.)

**Please be aware that all of our program sites are required to stay in compliance with the state of Michigan licensing regulations at a ratio of 1:18 in order to keep both our students and staff safe at all times**

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1
Please click the following link to start the registration process.

Step 2
In the top right corner please click on sign in.

Step 3
Sign into your account or join.

Step 4
Click on activities located in the blue bar at the top of the screen.

Step 5
Click on Afterschool in the drop down.

Step 6
Scroll down to find your school.

Step 7

***You will then receive an email within 24 hours from ePact. You will use ePact to complete the registration process***

Please reach out with questions at any time and thank you for your patience and continued support!

Marissa Pifer, Site Supervisor









4 year-old Preschool Programs offer:

  • All 4 year-old programs use an approved Michigan Department of Education Early Childhood Standards of Quality curriculum
  • Open to both residents & non-residents
  • Great Start to Quality rated center

3 year-old Half Day Preschool offers:

  • Morning or afternoon sessions
  • 3 day per week / 3 hours per day
  • Open to both residents & non-residents
  • Great Start to Quality rated center

GSRP 4 year-old Preschool offers:

  • Tuition Free- income eligible
  • 4 days per week (Monday-Thursday)
  • Classes meet from September - June
  • Lunch and snack are provided

GSRP is available to those who are eligible.  Eligibility is determined by financial documentation and other qualifying factors.  

 Latchkey Programs are:

  • Operated through a collaboration with Southgate School District and YMCA Before and After School Programs
  • All programs are licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Human Services, LARA Division
  • All programs employ experienced, highly trained staff committed to providing support to students


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