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There is Black Friday and Cyber Monday but today is #givingtuesday. Donate to the Y then take an #UNselfie and tell us why you give.

It's Cyber Monday and when you do your shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Y. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

Get ready for #givingtuesday on December 2. Donate to the Y, then take an #UNselfie telling us why you give.

We have a day for giving thanks, but on December 2 you can do more with #givingtuesday. Join others around the world in giving to causes you care about. Take an #UNselfie and tell us why you give to the Y.

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is seeking a Child Care ECEAP Family Support Specialist.The Family Support Specialist (FSS) maintains an outreach recruitment and enrollment process throughout the school year. The FSS works in partnership with the site team to encourage and plan for parent participation in their child’s education. The FSS works together with families in an effort to support them in recognizing and building upon their family strengths and improving the conditions and quality of their family’s life. The FSS’s work will adhere to ECEAP Program Standards, Service Plans and the principles of best practice in the field of family support.

To apply:…/cc-eceap-family-specialist/

An attitude of gratitude is powerful and can transform relationships. Do you thank your children for what they are doing right? Do they say please when learning to ask for help? This week's point of leadership goes beyond manners - it's about building people of character!

#TBT to our festive staff prepping for fall with a field trip to the pumpkin patch.

Have a great idea to share in front of the classroom? Do you want to tell someone something that could help them? Whatever the conversation, sometimes speaking up can be difficult. This week's point of leadership challenge is to speak so you can be heard - where can you be a leader today?

Can you still whistle the tune to Sesame Street or have a stuffed animal Elmo lurking in storage? Join the Throw Back Thursday club of Sesame Street lovers and print off this color page for your child to enjoy! Disclaimer- whistling catchy theme songs may linger for a few days. #TBT

Words to live by thanks to Kid President -


YMCA before and after school programs serve our community with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. Our focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement means your children have fun, grow, and thrive in our care.

For more detailed information on our program please view our Parent Guide.



YMCA Pre-Kindergarten works with children daily on fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional skills, and focuses on teaching children to become independent learners.

Math, literacy and science are integrated into the weekly curriculum. Children are encouraged to be healthy in all aspects of life. The Y actively incorporates core values into the program to foster a positive culture and learning environment: honesty, respect, responsibility and caring.

For more detailed information on our program please view our Parent Guide.



Children work on their letter and number recognition as well as counting and writing skills. Mealtime allows children to learn social skills and cooperation. Outdoor time enhances motor skill development while having fun with friends.




YMCA Child Care provides high quality, licensed and certified care in Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Our program is leading the way in youth development with:

  • Research based approaches to social-emotional support
  • Intentional homework assistance
  • Cultivation of transferable leadership skills
  • 60 minutes of physical activity
  • Healthy snack options in partner with the USDA
  • Structured monthly curriculum

See below for sample schedules and activities.                             







Peninsula School District | February 16-20, 6:30am-6:30pm
Location: Purdy Elementary
Register Today


  •  Central Kitsap School District | April 6-10
  •  Peninsula School District | April 13-17
 More information coming soon!


Priority registration for current child care participants will take place in May 2014. Open registration will begin on June 2, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.

If you want to inquire about registration for this year, check the status of a wait list, or have further questions, see the programs page for registration materials and contact information for the appropriate program director.


Financial Assistance is available for those who cannot afford the vital services of the Y. With Financial Assistance, everyone in our community can access the services they need to learn, grow, and thrive. If we can serve you or your family in this way, please fill out the Financial Assistance Application. Financial Assistance is made possible by the YMCA Annual Campaign.

We also provide fee assistance through:

  • Pre-authorized DSHS/Third-Party providers
  • NACCRRA or GSE subsidies for qualifying Military Families
  • Second Child Discount - 10%

If you are interested in any of these please contact Judy McGrath at 253-534-7830.


The YMCA Child Care and Child Care Aware of America are proud to provide financial assistance to Active Army, Activated Guard and Reserve Soldiers and DOD Civilians. To apply for this military subsidy, please visit Child Care Aware.

See the Military Financial Assistance Brochure for more information.



Army School-Age Programs in Your Neighborhood (ASPYN). If you are interested in receiving more information about Military Child Care and Financial Assistance, contact our office at 253-534-7829 or