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YMCA Child Care has an incredible staff dedicated to a life of service who infuse the before and after school programs with their unique interests and talents. Our staff highlight of the month is Brittany Thompson, director at Geiger Elementary. Brittany served in South Africa on an animal refuge and rehabilitation center as a volunteer. Her love for animals can be seen at her site and in her curriculum - from learning about species to cultivating a love for preservation, participants at Geiger will continually be enriched by Brittany and her passion for animals. Way to go Brittany!

"Failure to plan is planning to fail." How often do the hours in your day run out? Schedules and details can consume what little free time exists for busy parents. Create a plan with your child this week for simple quality time.

Throwback Thursday presents the YMCA Child Care Brady Bunch, the faces behind the program. What do you love about your YMCA leaders? #tbt

Science 2 Go is a new program that our YMCA Bethel participants are piloting - a back pack full of everything science can be checked out from the Pierce County Library Book Mobile. Week one at Camas Prarie Elementary was a huge success!

Does someone on the playground need a friend? Can you help your teacher clean up after lunch? The point of leadership for the week is "know what's going on around you." Challenge your child to see where they can help others this week!

Take advantage of the YMCA fall promotion at your local Y branch and join for free! Offer ends on Monday, so get you family signed up so you can enjoy your child's free membership with them.

Throw back Thursday presents an old time favorite read - rekindle the magic of the "The Boxcar Kids" series. Visit the library this weekend for your fun family outing opportunity. #Yread #TBT

Special thanks to Doug Baldwin from the Seattleseahawks for visiting our site at Cottonwood Elementary! Look for NFL Play 60 fitness program at our sites this year! #seattleseahawks #dougbaldwin

Now's the time! Take advantage of the YMCA Fall promotion at facilities near you - joining fees are waived until September 22. Activate those child care memberships and sign up the whole family!

At YMCA Child Care, the 8 Points of Leadership help affirm and teach leadership skills to your children. Ask your child about what it means to "be a leader to yourself" on the way home from school today.


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.                             






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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 Strong Kids 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