Alicia Grindle

Director of School Age Programming

Alicia started her journey at the Down East Family YMCA in 2013 in a part time position in the Afterschool Program as a Team Teacher. She was also working full time for the Ellsworth School Department for both EEMS & EHS in the Special Education Department. Throughout the years, Alicia has worked within all of the childcare programs the YMCA serves in a part time position.

In June of 2018, she decided to leave the Ellsworth School Department to follow her heart & path of working with children in a childcare setting and took over as Lead Teacher in the Infant Program. In October of 2020, she became the School Age Coordinator during a difficult time in society and helped create and implement the Remote Learning Program in connection with EEMS. In September of 2023, Alicia became the Director of School Age Programming and she oversees the Before & After School programs that we partner connection with. 

In the summer months, Alicia is the Director of Polliwog Programming at Camp Discovery. She works with children who have graduated Preschool and will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall. They spend some days at Camp exploring and others at the Moore Center playing and learning.

In Alicia’s free time, she enjoys getting together with friends, visiting family near and far, and playing with her cat Axel. She enjoys swimming, kayaking, shopping, and taking road trips. She was a Foster/Resource Parent from 2019-2021.

With DEFY since 2013