child care AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT programs



A wide range of full and partial day child care and youth development programs are offered by the YMCA for children ages 6 weeks old through 12 years old.  These program options include full day child care, preschool enrichment classes, partial day preschool, universal pre-kindergarten, youth sports, kindergarten wrap around, before and after school programs, and activities during school breaks. With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 


early childhood education

Ensuring A Brighter Future 
Available for ages 6 weeks through 5 years

Full Day Child Care Centers

Ages 6 weeks-5 years old
Our four locations provide safe, supportive environments where children can learn through play and engagement. Our nurturing staff members provide attentive care and encouragement for young children. A strong focus is placed on skill-building and healthy habits, to create lasting positive behaviors, peer relationships, and instill a love of learning. Enroll in full-time child care and receive a complimentary YMCA passport membership for your family!

Infant and Toddler Care

Ages 6 weeks-18 months
The infant program focuses on sense of self development and establishing some independence in being away from family members for a period of time. Children will learn basic self-help skills such as feeding, movement, managing emotions and how to interact at a basic level with other children. Infant staff members work with parents to bridge the child’s schedule and routine from home to that of the program for a smooth transition.



Partial Day Preschool Programs

Ages 2-5
The YMCA of Greater Rochester’s preschool programs seek to develop the whole child by fostering their physical, emotional, and social growth. Activities are structured around our “learning through play” philosophy.  Preschool programs run September – June and follows the school district calendar.



Preschool Enrichment Classes

Ages 18 months - 3 years
The YMCA of Greater Rochester provides preschool classes that will help your child explore their world, find out how to get along with others, and test their skills and muscles. In our classes, children work on individual skill development, learn how to work with others and are introduced to different activities. Our Enrichment classes run with the sessions. Please refer to our Session Handbooks or visit a branch near you for current enrichment offerings.

Universal Pre-K

Ages 4-5
Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a program for children four years of age by December 1 and entering Kindergarten the following year. A developmental learning approach is combined with fun, values-based activities taught by a NYS certified teacher. The program length mirrors a traditional kindergarten program 2 1/2 hours per day, 180 days per year. Parents may choose a full day option with on-going care during regular child care hours.



Child watch - a free service for ymca members
Healthy Fun For Everyone 
Available for ages 6 weeks through 12 years old


Complimentary Child Care

Ages 6 weeks-12 years
Our experienced staff will care for your child for up to 2 hours while you are using the facility. Child Watch hours vary between branches. To access Child Watch hours, please visit the facilities page for each branch. These pages are accessed by clicking on the Locations option on the left side of the main navigation menu and choosing your branch.  Child Watch is a benefit of YMCA Family and Individual Parent Memberships only.



youth sports Programs

Score Friendships, Skills, and Fun
Available for ages 4 through 12 years old



Youth Sports Programs

Ages 4 through 12 years old
Youth sports classes and leagues are co-ed and available at the YMCA for 4-12 year olds. All classes will help children develop fundamental skills and incorporate teamwork through instructional play. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning to play or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participation in sports at the Y is focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. In addition, participants will learn the rules of the game and engage in team play while having fun. The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Click here to learn more about individual sports offerings at the YMCA.

school age programs

A Foundation For Learning
Available for ages 5 through 12 years

Before and After School Programs

Kindergarten-12 years
Our Before and After School program meets the needs of children at varying stages of development by creating an environment that fosters independence, cooperation, and self-control. The daily schedules is structured to allow a wide range of activity choices, balancing active and quiet times, and providing opportunities for children to pursue particular interests and develop individual abilities. Programs are provided in the morning and afternoon either at local schools or YMCA branches. Activities vary by program.

Kindergarten Wrap Around

K-Wrap a program designed to enrich the Kindergartner's experience by providing a unique learning experience in fun and meaningful ways. Students will expand on their half day of education at the YMCA by participating in developmentally-appropriate activities that will help them develop physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. The activities are offered daily and/or weekly.

Vacation Fun Club/Emergency School Closings

Kindergarten-12 years
Vacation Fun Clubs are held on most school holidays. These are optional care days for which there is an additional fee. We also offer Emergency Fun Club Days when school is closed due to inclement weather. All Fun Club Registrations take place at the branch. The YMCA will provide a Fun Club option every day with the exception of the following national holidays: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.