PrimeTime at San Diego Unified School District A Safe Place for After School Child Care

What is PrimeTime? The PrimeTime Extended Day Program, provides elementary and middle school students with a fun and engaging learning environment during the hours most parents/guardians are working. Parents/guardians can feel comfortable knowing their children are not only receiving professional academic support but are also interacting with peers in a physically and emotionally safe environment.

Students can "get in the Zone" in the PrimeTime environment by participating in structured activities with their friends. Arts, music, athletics, and cooperative team-building games, are just a few of the invigorating activities children will participate in during the prime part of the day.

PrimeTime is offered at 120 schools citywide serving more than 20,000 students each year.

Along the San Diego Unified School District, the YMCA of San Diego County provides the PrimeTime Extended Day Programs at the following sites:

This program generally operates immediately after school until 6:00 pm daily. However, this program does not operate when schools are closed, including intercessions, vacations and holidays.

How to Apply to the PrimeTime After School Program

Initial Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted online HERE.
  • All submitted applications will receive a confirmation email from the San Diego Unified School District.

Enrollment & Participation Information

Parents/guardians who complete and submit the application within the initial application timeline will be notified of the status of their application no later than Friday, June 15, 2018, via email.  Notification will inform families of whether their child has been accepted to participate, placed on a waitlist, or not eligible for the before and/or after school 2018-2019 PrimeTime Program.

Important Documents and PDF Forms

  • PrimeTime Parent Handbook (Coming soon!)

How Are Students Selected?

All students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 who attend PrimeTime schools can apply.

Completed applications that are submitted by the deadline during the initial application timeline will be reviewed for the initial enrollment period. Children will be accepted for participation based on the application rating system detailed below, up to the capacity for each school’s program.  Once PrimeTime has reached its capacity, children not accepted for participation will be placed on a wait list, in the same order of priority, and will be accepted as space becomes available.  

Parents/guardians may choose to have their child attend either the before school and/or after school programs, if applicable.  Choosing only the before school or after school program will not affect the rating of the application.

Each application will be prioritized using the following rating system:

Child participating in PrimeTime during the 2017-18 school year OR child on the PrimeTime waitlist as of March 2, 2018. 1 Point
Single parent household OR families with one parent/guardian currently on military deployment (a copy of orders may be required upon request). 1 Point
All parents/guardians living with the child are employed full time (40 hours per week) and/or are full time students (enrolled with at least 12 units). 1 Point
Child recommended for academic assistance by the District, based on the Standards Based Report Card for elementary level and course grades for the middle level. 1 Point
Total Points Possible 4 Points


Enrollment is also determined by:

  • Total space available in the program at each school

Questions? Contact Us for More Information

If you would like to learn more about the PrimeTime program provided by the YMCA of San Diego County, please contact one of our staff below:

For questions about the application, enrollment, and general information, contact: 

To contact the Program Director:

  • Alejandro D. Estrada, Program Director (Sites: Audubon, Bell, Burbank, Fulton, Horton, Marshall, Pershing, Rodriguez, Valencia Park) | (619) 521-3055 | [email protected]
  • Alexia Sigarroa, Program Director (Sites: Cabrillo, Carson, Central, Correia, Cherokee, Chesterton, DePortola, Euclid, Florence, Franklin, Hawthorne, Juarez, Kimbrough, Lafayette, Linda Vista, Logan, Marston, McKinley, Memorial, Montgomery, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Roosevelt, Taft)  | (619) 521-3055 ext. 2624 | [email protected]