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The Big Kid starts kindergarten in the fall, and I’ve been told by those who’ve gone before that it’s not too early to consider figuring out before and after school care for when September rolls around.

There are several options, and we aren’t sure which one we’ll end up with. There are two that provide transportation, regardless of school: Bangor Parks & Rec’s Kids Cave will transport to Bangor schools, and the Bangor Y will transport to Bangor & Brewer schools. (These options can change at any time, please contact the agencies I mention for current information!)

Kids Cave rates are $75 for full time, morning & afternoons, M-F. They have other rates for other configurations, as well.

The Bangor Y rates are $95 for full time, morning & afternoons, M-F, and they, too have some pro-rated options.

Another option would be to find a home daycare provider in your neighborhood who will provide before and after care, or to find a sitter to come to your home for those hours.

Complicating our situation is the baby, and the advent of having kids in two different places for the next few years, or, really, the rest of our lives as they are four years apart and will never be in the same school at the same time! Imagining the morning shuffle, which would end up with the big kid getting to a before school program just in time to get on a bus and go back to our neighborhood school, is daunting.

What have you done for before and after care? (And while we’re here, if anyone has recommendations for an option local to 14th Street, I’d love to hear about it, and you can email directly.) And here I thought the working parent gig would get easier and less expensive as they got older! I guess that’s not so true.

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According to the new Y flyer, prenatal classes will not be offered in term 1. The Google Calendar has been updated.


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The BangorY prenatal and stroller classes are on hiatus for the summer term. They will resume in the fall.

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Bangor Y offers swim lessons starting at 6 months. From their website:

Infant-Toddler (Shrimp/Kippers)
Ages 6 months to 2 years

An introduction to a pool setting for parents and their children. Parent will be able to bond with child and child will be taught how to kick, have breath control and body control in the water.

Offered several times through the week, at both locations. Weekdays, afternoons, and Saturdays.

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Bangor Y offers a playgroup at the Hammond Street location. From their website:

Parent-n-Me Playtime
Ages 3mos. – 5 yrs
This unstructured gym time allows parents and children to spend time together in a non-competitive environment, utilize the fun equipment, exercise, develop strong motor skills and interact with other families. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Please note different schedule for age groups. Two classes per week count as one program for members.
Member $18, Non-member $45
Hammond Street Viner Room
Ages 3-5 yrs: Tues or Thurs, 10-10:45am
3 months-36months: Mon and Wed

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Bangor Y offers babysitting at the Hammond Street site while mom or dad works out. From their website:

Ages 6 mos-9 yrs

A perfect place to play while Mom or Dad enjoy the Y! The Bangor Y Babysitting Center is available for children of members who are attending classes or using Y facilities. The Center is located on-site at the Hammond St. facility. For registration and info, contact the Welcome Centers. Pre-Registration within a week of care is necessary to ensure availability. Not part of our licensed child care program. Schedule subject to change. Interested in expanded hours? Let us know by completing a comment card. Members only. Limit 1-1/2 hrs per visit.

Cost: $2 first hour, $.50 ea add’l half hour. Punch Cards $10.

Hammond Street Hours
M-F 8am-noon & 4-7pm
Sat 8-11:30am

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The Bangor Y offers a class for moms with babies in strollers. From their website:

Cardio Baby
New moms, here is a class designed especially for you! Bring your baby to class, include him or her in your program and get a great workout! Babies must be in a stroller-ages 6 weeks to 2 years. Second Street Gym.

Cardio Baby is included in the membership fee. Bangor Y fees include use of both facilities (YM on Hammond Street, and YW on Second Street). Adult invidual membership is $38.50/month, and family membership is $56/month. Scholarships are available.

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The Bangor Y offers two ‘official’ prenatal classes: Prenatal aqua fitness, and prenatal strength/yoga.

Prenatal aqua fitness is held every Wednesday at the 2nd Street location, from 1-2 pm. In summer, the cooler Aloupis pool is used, and in other seasons, the warmer Means pool is used. The water feels great, and only feels better as you get bigger. It’s also nice to have some conversation with other expectant moms.

The daytime hours make it difficult for people to attend, so pregnant women are allowed to participate in other, ‘regular,’ classes. Make sure the instructor knows, and they will provide you with accommodations. Prenatal classes require a doctor’s permission.

The above classes are all included in the general membership fee.

Prenatal strength/yoga is held every Monday at the 2nd Street location, from 1-2 pm in the studio. Taught by the same instructor as the aqua class, and often attended by the same participants as well.


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