Get peace of mind while you exercise
The YMCA’s Child Development Center was created to provide a safe and fun environment for children while their parents utilize our workout floor.
More than ever, busy parents need support. When parents come to the Y for a class, group activity, or workout, their kids need an enriching environment where they can build healthy relationships with other kids and adults. At your local Y’s Child Development Center, children play under the supervision of caring, trained Y staff while parents are able to connect with other Y members and enjoy their own time. The Child Development Center is available free of charge for children ages 3 months – 12 years old. Parents may leave their children in a Child Development Center for a maximum of two hours a day. Parents must remain at the YMCA facility when their child is receiving childcare.
Our Child Development Center operation hours vary by YMCA family center, and may also change depending on team member availability, holidays, etc. Find your location and check the Key Info section to see your Y’s hours.
We put safety first with designated drop-off and pick-up procedures that we practice at all times. Children must be signed in by a parent, guardian, or an adult (18+), who is listed on the child’s Family Membership. Parents must list the child’s name and the location of where they will be within the building during the time their child will be receiving childcare.
Please ensure that all children arrive in dry, clean diapers. Y team members will change diapers as long as all supplies are provided. We’ll notify parents if we require any assistance in changing their child’s diaper. If the child is in the process of toilet training, let our team know so we can encourage them to use the restroom!
To ensure the health and safety of all children in our care, any child who appears to have any illness or contagious condition will not be admitted to a Child Development Center. Y team members may request that parents bring in a note from a doctor before their child returns to the facility.
Learn more about our Commitment to Health Safety in regardless to cleanliness and sanitation. We also encourage you to review our Commitment to Child Safety to find out how we keeps kids safe within the Y.
If a child is upset and crying, our Y team will make every effort to calm and comfort the child and help them acclimate to the environment. After more than 10 consecutive minutes of crying, Y team members will locate the parent to assist in calming their child. Parents may attempt to leave the child a second time, but if crying persists for another 10 minutes, parents will be called to pick up their child.
We have a great variety of toys, books, and other activities for children during their stay with us! For this reason, we recommend parents don’t bring personal belongings to a Child Development Center. Pacifiers and car seats are encouraged for infants, however, pacifiers must be attached to children with clips.
For safety reasons, no food or dairy products are permitted in a Child Development Center. Y team members cannot bottle feed infants or children while they are in our care. Leak-proof water bottles are allowed. Please label your child’s water bottle.