Primary Enrichment Program

Primary Enrichment Program—our After School learn, play, and grow curriculum for K-5th Grade

Why the new name?
The YWCA’s Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) is our After School programming for children in Kindergarten-fifth grade. We recently renamed it Primary Enrichment because it’s more than After School care—PEP emphasizes excellent care, but also academics. Children in our program learn in many other ways. They learn about empowerment, respect, sports, and healthy eating to name a few. 

Apply now! Click here to download the printable application. 

Children in PEP receive homework help, health and wellness activities, USTA tennis instruction, ABYSA soccer, gardening, arts & crafts, open swim, Girl Scouts, field trips, and nutritious snacks. Transportation is provided from select area schools. 

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of bringing your child here is he or she is guaranteed diversity, a chance to meet and make friends with kids of other colors, races, and creeds. Very few other programs in Buncombe County offer this important benefit.

Some of the advantages of Primary Enrichment Programming include:

  • Maintaining a 5-Star license—no small thing, guarantees a high level of service
  • Providing four separate classroom environments allowing students to work in age-appropriate groups
  • Eliminating barriers to quality programming by providing transportation from 10 schools per day
  • Focusing on the whole child to "build the bridge" to personal success
  • Offering healthy snacks and a nutrition program along with garden time where students learn about how food journeys "from farm to table"
  • Evening and weekend swim lesson scholarships available for eligible families
  • Employing staff that represent and are invested in the communities we serve​

After School Rates:

  • $360 monthly/$90 weekly
  • Drop-in rate: $40 per day
  • $25 registration fee per family (included in drop-in rate)
  • Vouchers are accepted.

Apply Now! Click here to download the printable application.


Primary Enrichment Program also includes Spring Break and Summer Camps — click here to learn more.

Thanks to Our Funders

The Primary Enrichment Program is supported by the NC Dept. Health & Human Services Child and Adult Care Food Program, Wells Fargo Foundation, Eaton Corporation, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

For more information, contact Joshua McClure at 828-254-7206 x 111 or