Child Care

Child Care

Child Care and Youth Development Programs

We have 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 afterschool 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.
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Ensuring A Brighter Future. Available for ages 6 weeks through 5 years
Full Day Child Care Centers

Full Day Child Care Centers

 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! Locations

Full Day Child Care Centers

Infant and Toddler Care

 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. Locations

Full Day Child Care Centers

Partial Day Preschool Programs

 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. Locations and Registration

Full Day Child Care Centers

Full Day Preschool Programs

Children will learn basic concepts such as ABC’s, colors, shapes and social skills. Help your child take the first steps to a great future. Child must be potty trained. Child must be 3 years old by Dec. 1, 2018.

Available at Maplewood Family YMCA

Full Day Child Care Centers

Preschool Enrichment Classes

 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.

Full Day Child Care Centers

Universal Pre-K

 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 6 hours per day, 180 days per year. Parents may choose a full day option with on-going care during regular Child Care hours. Locations

Research based and child focused, the HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum uses a carefully designed process of learning through discovery, called active participatory learning. During active learning, caregivers encourage infants and toddlers to discover the world around them by exploring and playing. Learning and development are anchored by long-term, trusting relationships with caregivers, who are close at hand to support children as they play.


Healthy Fun For Everyone Available for ages 5 through 12 years old

Before and AfterSchool Programs

Ensuring A Brighter Future. Available for ages 5 through 12 years old
Online registration is now available for most locations. Select your school district below to register online or download the PDF form.
The YMCA’s Before and After School Program serves school age children 5-12 years old in over 50 branch and school locations throughout Rochester, New York. Many programs take place in schools, providing an ideal situation for parent pickup and school day transitions. Busing and financial aid are available and DSS is accepted. Our program aligns with the school day and supports growth in literacy, math, and science. The Y’s innovative Before and After School Program follows the Nine Core Components curriculum centered around global learning, leadership development, 21st century skills, media, and technology.

At the YMCA of Greater Rochester, our innovative before and after school programs are centered around nine research-based core components.


Students have the opportunity to work one-on- one or in small group settings to hone their skills in math, literacy, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) skills. Opportunities to explore peer-to-peer and youth-to-adult mentoring are also available.


We know that it is vitally important for the youth of all ages to explore the interests and talents that allow them to be successful. Youth in our programs interact with college and university volunteers and interns; plan for the future, and attend local events at colleges and universities.


Youth learn how to be 21st century citizens through group work; conflict resolution; life and career skills; learning and innovation skills; and information, media, and technology skills.


Whether they are participating in a canned food drive or cleaning up their communities, youth in our programs have the opportunity to “give back.” They participate in ongoing projects to create positive, lasting change. Youth explore local community resources including local libraries, museums, planetariums, nature centers, and parks.


Youth explore drama, photography, drawing, painting, music, and creative writing through a variety of approaches and materials. By valuing process over product, youth in our programs learn about problem-solving and creative risk-taking in supportive environments.


Youth in our programs have the opportunity to be leaders at the Y and in their community. Writing, speaking, presentation, and conflict resolution skills are developed.


Youth enjoy at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily through the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum and participation in sports. Youth also enjoy a healthy snack and learn the importance of good nutrition.


Through interaction with international foods and music and studies of foreign language and culture, our programs create global citizens. Youth in our programs learn to value all perspectives.


Parent newsletters and family art and cooking events ensure that we regularly invite parents into our programs.

Before and AfterSchool Program Registration Forms

Please select your school district below.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester makes program excellence, enrichment, and your child’s safety our priorities. Quality school age programs don’t just happen, they are the result of careful curricular planning and creative efforts on the part of YMCA staff members. It takes comprehensive staff development to give personnel the knowledge to provide our quality programs. As providers, our goals are to deliver a positive and rewarding experience for every child and to exceed your family’s expectations. Our licensed and registered Child Care programs proudly serve youth in multiple locations throughout Rochester, New York. Book your child’s birthday party at the Y. There are tons of party options to choose from at each branch and several outdoor locations. To learn more, visit our birthday parties page.

What is 21st Century Learning?

You may have heard that 21st Century Learning is one of our nine, research-based core components for before and afterschool programs. But what, exactly, are 21st Century skills? These skills are part of the skills, knowledge, and expertise that youth must master to succeed in work and in life. In addition to knowledge in core content areas including math, science, literacy, and history, students must also develop skills in the key areas of:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity

Skills in these areas will truly allow students to succeed in a global economy and be prepared to work in 21st Century teams and workplaces. Click here to read more about the importance of 21st Century skills.

Kindergarten Wrap Around

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. Locations

Kindergarten Wrap Around

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. Locations

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.