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Want to be on our email list to receive fun program updates this fall? Send us a message and we'll get you on board! Pictures, updates and need-to-know information will be coming your way.

Introducing YMCA back to school tips - we're here to help make the transition to school smooth for your family!

Science on the go - summer campers are getting ready for school with help from the Pacific Science Center! Summer is almost over and the back to school bells are nearly ringing. Have you reserved your spot in YMCA before and after school care yet?

Leslie, one of our camp directors, has had an awesome summer with your campers at summer enrichment camp! Hear firsthand from our awesome staff!

Thought of the day to get your morning started!

School is just around the corner - for some families, purchasing school supplies can be a burden. Check out our partner for education, United Way of Pierce County, and help make the start of school a success for all students! #fillthebus

"Remember when..."

How often do we take the time as a family to remember the fun times had together? Ask your kids a "remember when" moment at dinner tonight - their response may surprise you.

"How many books can we check out? I want them all!" Hearing this is music to our ears. Thanks to the Pierce County Book Mobile for supporting our summer enrichment camps this year!

Can you believe September is only a month away? YMCA Child Care is here to help you find a safe place before and after school for your child and their friends. Tell someone you know to sign up now and join in the fun!

Are you signed up for YMCA Child Care for the coming school year? Don't miss out - reserve a spot for your child in our before and after school program! See our website for locations.


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.                             






districts served             


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Join us for the Summer! Locations in Kitsap County and Pierce County make care a convenient option from June - August. Activities, field trips and new friendships are in store! 

Paper registration forms are available upon request from the Child Care business office. If you are paying with subsidies, please contact the office before registering.  



Join us for the summer at the following school location:

  • Cottonwood Elementary
    330 Foster Road NE | Bremerton WA 98311  


Join us for the summer at the following school location: 

  • Crownhill Elementary
    1500 Rocky Pt Road | Bremerton WA 98312


Join us for the summer at the following school locations:

  • Artondale Elementary 
    6219 40th Street NW | Gig Harbor WA 98335 
  • Purdy Elementary
    13815 62nd Ave NW | Gig Harbor WA 98332                                       


Join us for the summer at the following school location:

  • Evergreen Elementary
    1311 172nd St E | Spanaway, WA 98387


Join us for the summer at the following school location:

  • Chloe Clark Elementary
    1700 Palisade Blvd | Dupont. WA 98327


Join us for the summer at the following school location:

  • Emerald Ridge High School
    12405 184th St E | Puyallup, WA 98374


Join us for summer at the following school location:

  • Geiger Elementary School
    621 S Jackson Ave | Tacoma, WA 98465







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