Child care participant plays on the swings at the YMCA

Published May 29, 2024


Did you know your child has access to a free YMCA membership with your Child Care enrollment? 

Enrolling in Child Care with the Y is unlike any other care provider — your child now has access to the unique and expansive programming of the YMCA! From swimming lessons to the soccer team, the benefits of a membership go far beyond their time in our classrooms.  

At the Y, we understand how vital a consistent, caring support system is for the development of young minds. Our Child Care team works tirelessly to provide high-quality care for children in our communities from 6 weeks to middle school age. Here are some key advantages for families in our Child Care program to help guide you in your decision-making: 


Child care staff leading a fun game during snack time at the YMCA

1. With YMCA Child Care, Your Child is Now a “Y Kid”! 

Each child in our Child Care program receives a free YMCA membership.

With their complementary YMCA membership, your child transforms into a “Y kid”! The Y provides programming and skill-building opportunities within safe and engaging spaces for children to be themselves, build supportive communities, and develop the courage and confidence to be leaders. The Y has been empowering young people to reach their potential for generations – exploring their purpose, cultivating a healthy mindset, and growing into the changemakers of tomorrow. The benefits of a Y membership include: 

  • Free access to unlimited programs like swimming lessons, art and dance classes, and gymnastics, which foster foundational skills for them to grow, succeed, and thrive. 
  • Reduced pricing for our summer day camps, saving up to $130 per week. 
  • Opportunities to get engaged, make new friends, and make a difference with our social groups, clubs, community impact program, and teen Late Nite. 



ELC students sit in attention for story time at the YMCA

2. Consistent Care You Can Rely On

Parents can navigate busy schedules and workdays with peace of mind.  

Consistency and reliability are essential for children's development and growth. At the Y, each child is greeted by a familiar face, ready to meet them where they are. Our childcare staff are certified professionals who understand the uniqueness of your child's path of development. We strive to empower parents, so you know you’re not alone in the parenting journey. 


Child care participant goes down the slide at the YMCA


3. Play-Based Development for Young Learners 

We nurture infants through preschoolers to grow through interaction, exploration, and fun.

Our classrooms create opportunities for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old to learn through play! Learning while having fun is important for children to better understand and pick up on new skills. Our professional staff knows how to keep your child engaged by creating a fun environment that allows them to build their confidence and curiosity.  

  • Child Care at the Y makes it a priority for your child to build early communication and language skills
  • It’s an environment where social and emotional learning and engagement with peers are priorities. 
  • Our unique curriculum can aid in cognitive development and physical health


Child care kids spectate and cheer for a soccer game at the YMCA

4. Grade Schoolers Grow Academically and Socially

We boost your child’s learning journey with supportive Before & After School programs.

School-age children may seem ready to take on the world, but they also need safe spaces to play, learn, and be themselves beyond school hours. Our Before & After School program meets children ages 6-12 where they are with on-site programs at 20 local schools. We nurture their passions and interests with trusted staff and new friends, allowing them to: 

  • Gain skills in social-emotional learning and leadership by making unique friendships with new people. 
  • Work side by side with Y staff to gain support with homework and school projects. 
  • Take opportunities to stay active by participating in physical exercise and team sports


    Child care staff leads painting time at the YMCA

    5. Beyond Childcare: Well-Being for the Whole Family

    By enrolling in YMCA Child Care, the whole family has access to the Y’s amenities, services, and vibrant community.

    We believe in helping parents give children the best start possible, which includes support for the whole family! When you select childcare at the Y, you gain access to a wellspring of benefits, including a free Y membership for your child and 50% off memberships for the family. Join us and find a place where all of us belong. You and your family will enjoy:  

    • One free YMCA membership per child enrolled in YMCA Child Care.  
    • 50% off a YMCA membership for all family members who live in your home, which includes unlimited access to our pools, and group exercise classes like Pilates, cycling, and more. 
    • Access to youth programming like swim lessons, gymnastics, and dance. 



    Our Child Care programs provide an enriching environment for children to explore who they are meant to be. They include access to the YMCA’s community centers and free registration in many programs. We are trusted partners to parents in caring for their children, keeping them safe, and helping them discover their role in their community. 

    Choosing a care provider for your child is an important and individual decision for each family. Please reach out to our Child Care team with questions or visit for more information.