Childcare

School-Age

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High quality day care options for children 6 weeks-12 years

Now Training & Hiring Lifeguards. Pre-requisite Swim is Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Downtown Y

Combining play with academics, the Y’s School-Age Enrichment Program fills gaps in school by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.

YMCA character values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility help kids discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Structured activities include science, group projects, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games, sports components, field trips, and more. Children also have time to tackle homework with the help of well-trained Y staff who know how to challenge and listen to them.

A healthy breakfast and snack is included in your daily rate as well as transportation to and from school.

Download this Parent Handbook for important information on what to expect, our policies and instructional philosophy.

Download and complete the following editable forms for Enrollment:

Desktop Users: Download Application, Save, Complete, Save and email to your location director.

iPhone/iPad Users: Follow these instructions for completing and emailing to your location director from your mobile device

The Y is a site-based mentoring location for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  If your child is enrolled in our School-Age Enrichment program, at your request, he or she can be matched with a pre-qualified Big Brother or Big Sister.  Ask your Program Director for more information.

We know that teens don’t have many options outside of school-based activities.  That’s why the Downtown Y, 31 West 10th Street, opened a Teen Center in the NEW Community Learning Center.

It’s a place just for teens (12 -18) to participate in activities that interest them.  Teens have the freedom to pick and choose from a number of structured activities or elect for “chill-off” time.  

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The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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Your child’s safety and security is our top priority and is achieved through established and practiced procedures. We take every precaution to insure safety for your child, including:

  • Secure entry
  • Frequent site inspections
  • Maintenance of buildings, playgrounds and equipment

Healthy meals and snacks are the cornerstone of your child’s learning throughout the day. Smart food choices are taught and modeled by our staff such as drinking water and the importance of all four food groups.

Physical activity is an important part of every day at the Y. Large motor skills are developed through daily active play. Your child’s physical skills are individually strengthened through the use of the Y’s extensive facilities—including playgrounds, gyms, pools and more.

With loads of activity and learning, kids need time to recharge. Rest time is scheduled daily in calming environments with caring supervision.

Contact US

For more information please feel free to call or email us at your preferred location using the location search below, chat with us, or use the Contact Us form on the locations page.

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Infants/Toddlers

Children 6 weeks-2 years bond with their caregivers and thrive in high quality educational environment.

Traditional Preschool

Children 3-5 years become Kindergarten ready through child-centered activities.

Pre-K Counts

High-quality preschool program offered to qualifying families at no cost.

School-Age

Kids discover new friends and interests in before/after school, school day off and summer camp programs.

Locations

Thirteen Erie County locations convenient to home, school or work.

Keystone STARS

A recognized accreditation program ensures high quality standards and educated teachers.