Child Care

Every mother wishes more for her children. For Gabby, the Y's early learning readiness program is giving her daughter, Marlene, a chance to become something. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.
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Connor L.

Treasure Valley Family YMCA

"Connor is Trying to Learn and Grow into His Body."

Not quite an infant, not quite toddler. That's Connor. But this young kid is getting so much more from the Y's child care program than motor skill development and playtime discovery. This is his family's Y. Their camera. Their story. 

Ragamayi & Nitya

Edison Branch YMCA

"At the Y, My Kids Have Many Friends"

Kavitha and Sreenivas live in New Jersey, and commute to Manhattan during the week. Lucky for them, they feel great knowing that the Y is a place that not only takes care of their children while they are at work, but it also provides their girls a safe, fun environment where they can grow and thrive. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story. 

Mary & Brock


"The Y's Willing to Help My Son."

Mary has been taking her family to the Y for more than 10 years now for a little fun and fitness. However, it's the YMCA Reads! program that really sets the Y apart from gyms for her and her son, Brock. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.


Avery S.

YMCA Twin Cities

"The Y Gave Me an Opportunity to Build & Work Things Out."

Avery likes science, which probably explains why he wants to be an engineer. See how the Y's after school programs are teaching this remarkably bright kid how to use his talents in science, technology, engineering and math. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

Children are like sponges—they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.  That’s why our child care, afterschool and Child Watch programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do their homework.  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Child Care

Ys across the country offer quality full-day and partial-day child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.


With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y afterschool programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents.

Child Watch

Many Ys offer free drop-in child care while mom or dad make use of the Y.  Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests.

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