Beginning Monday, September 14, the YMCA of Greater Rochester will be reopening Child Watch at many of our locations. Child Watch is a member benefit for those with Individual Parent, Family and Family Plus memberships, giving parents and guardians the chance to have their kids be in a safe, clean space while they workout or take a class.

Child Watch is available for kids six weeks to 12 years old. Just like all of the Y’s spaces, Child Watch will be limited to 33% capacity.

Things will be different as Child Watch reopens; the biggest is that advance registration is required. We want to help make sure our families are prepared.


You will register for Child Watch the same way you register for class and lap swim.

    • To find it, you can go to the ‘Schedules’ tab on our website or YMCA of Greater Rochester app.  It will be listed as “Child Watch.”
    • Registration will open the day before. For example, if you are registering for Child Watch at 8:30 am Monday, registration will open at 12:01 am on Sunday.
    • To register your child(ren), you will actually register yourself. You will need to register yourself as many times as you have children.
    • For example, if Mary Smith is registering her two children, she will find the time she wants on the schedule, click the “Register” button and register herself. Once she completes the first registration, she will then go back to the schedule, find the time and register herself again.


Once you get to Child Watch, YMCA staff will take the temperature of each child before they can enter. Parents and guardians will not be allowed in but will sign their child(ren) in just as they have before.

To maintain our capacity guidelines, time at Child Watch will be limited to 75 minutes. There will also be staggered times for ease of drop-off and pick-up, and to allow for cleaning in between. Child Watch will be closed in the middle of the day to allow for extra cleaning. Times for Child Watch have been set to align with Group Exercise Classes.

As a reminder: Masks that cover mouth and nose are mandatory for all members two and older due to guidelines issued by the New York State Governor. Staff will be wearing masks at all times.


Monday-Friday 8:30 am to Noon and 4-7 pm
Saturday 9 am-1 pm
Sunday 9 am to Noon (at locations open on Sundays)

*Southwest Family YMCA will not be offering Child Watch at this time.


Details on the YMCA of Greater Rochester’s reopening and new policies and procedures can be found here.

We appreciate your continued support.