Sussex Y Child Care

Check out our childcare options including Before and After School Care, School is Out care and more!

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Sussex Y Summer Camp

Day and specialty camps at the Y share one thing: they’re about discovery and having the best summer of your life! Click here to learn more about our camps.

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Our program lineup has something for everyone – fitness, sports, swim lessons, arts and more!

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Nationwide Membership at the Sussex YMCA

The Sussex Family YMCA welcomes all Nationwide Y members from Labor Day to May 26th only. The summer months bring a large influx of vacationers, and our small facility simply cannot handle the large volume of people wanting to attend the Y. Additionally, June – August we host summer day camp at our facility and have more than 100 youth on-site during the week. Although we would like to welcome Y members from other areas year-round, we must limit visitors during the summer months to keep everyone safe, while being fair to our paying members and summer campers. We do offer day passes as well as weekly and monthly memberships and we also have summer memberships for those who are staying in our area for an extended time.

12 Days Of Fitness

December 1st – December 31st

All YMCA of Delaware members who visit a Y of Delaware branch 12 times in the month of December get a FREE BEANIE! Virtual Y users are welcome to participate too! Simply keep a daily log of the virtual Y classes you take and submit at your local branch after the 12th day. Be sure to include the date and class name. It’s our gift to you, our way of saying thank you for another great year!

Winter Program Registration Begins

Monday, December 4th

Don’t wait to lock in your spot to take part in one of the INCREDIBLE programs coming up this winter! Session Dates run from January 8th – February 25th. Register here.

Sweet Treats

  • National Brownie Day: Friday, December 8th
  • National Hot Chocolate Day: Wednesday, December 13th

Don’t forget to stop by the branch for your sweet treat!

Ugly Sweater Day

Friday, December 15th

Stop by the front desk and let us take your picture. The member with the ugliest sweater wins a prize!

Reindeer Games

Saturday, December 16th
8 – 10 a.m.

Join us for Reindeer Games! We’ll have pictures with Santa, Christmas snacks, a hot chocolate bar, games and prizes. Don’t miss all the family fun from 8 – 10 a.m. in the gym!

Before and After School Care Registration is Open!

Reserve Your Spot Today!


Give your child a supportive environment to expand their interests beyond the classroom, while giving yourself peace-of-mind knowing they are being cared for by our friendly and dedicated staff.


  • Lewes Elementary
  • Sussex Consortium (Little Vikings)
  • Rehoboth Elementary
  • Long Neck Elementary
  • Phillip Showell
  • East Millsboro Elementary
  • Georgetown Elementary

Teen Workforce Development

The Sussex Family Y Teen Workforce Development program provides job readiness and life skills for teens girls ages 15-19.  Positive opportunities are now available to adolescents within the Community.  Contact Shannon for more information [email protected].

Cohorts of up to 10 teens are matched with a professional career mentor. Teens participate in workshops focusing on life skills and job readiness. Topics include resume writing, financial literacy, stress management, conflict resolution, etiquette, public speaking, presentations, career guidance, interviewing techniques, job searching and placement. Each participant will be placed within a partnering agency and/or welcomed in at least one of the following departments within the YMCA: Youth Sports, Aquatics, Childcare, Membership and Maintenance.

My Zone Heart Rate Training

Take your fitness to the highest levels with the MyZone heart rate tracker. sing technology to provide real-time feedback on heart rate, calories, and effort, Myzone ensures that you get accurate feedback on all your exercise, wherever and however you choose to train.

Ask us about how you can join our community of 100+ My Zone Training Members.

For more information visit the member services desk.

Sussex Teen Leadership Program

Register Here!

Space is limited! Enrollment is not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation email welcoming your child to the program. If all spots fill prior to your registration being accepted, you will receive a “waitlist” email. Thank you and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with your child!

School Year Dates:  September 1 2023 – June 30 2024
Time: 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ages:  11 – 16 years
Cost:  FREE

The Teen Leadership Program focuses on the advancement of cultural thinking, academic achievement, community awareness and character development while embracing the philosophy of the YMCA.  All participants are given tools to become the leaders of tomorrow within their own communities.  Teens can look forward to the following:

  • Community Service Opportunities
  • Beach Trips
  • Leadership enrichment activities
  • Character development opportunities
  • Physical Fitness opportunities
  • Career/Financial Seminars and Workshops for youth

**Transportation is provided, and pre-registration is required.

  • NEW – Sauna!
  • Free Fitness Consultations
  • Access to Personal Training
  • Fitness Center: State-of-the-Art Cardio Equipment, Strength Circuit and Free Weights
  • Indoor Pool
  • Basketball  Gymnasium
  • Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms
  • Tons of Group Exercise Classes Weekly- Les Mills, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Zumba, HIITs and more
  • Outdoor Volleyball Court
  • Small-Group Training (Functional Training, Deep Water Boot Camp, TRX Rip Training and Tri Swim/Dryland Training)
  • Free Parking
  • Free Babysitting for Full Members in Kids Zone
  • Swim Team
  • Youth Sports
  • Summer Day Camp

Take a Virtual Tour

Take a look inside our building from the comfort of your home. Click here!

Facility Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*Pool closes 15 minutes prior to closing each day

Kids Zone

  • Monday & Wednesday: 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For the most up to date holiday schedules, visit the Locations & Hours page.

LoriKay Paden

Community VP/Executive Director, Sussex Family YMCA
(302) 296-9622

Shay Almond

Membership Director
(302) 296-9622 ext. 9004

Justin Dennis

Sr. Facilities Director
(302) 510-1229

Shannon Downing

Sr. Child Care Director
(302) 510-1265

Devin Park

Sports Coordinator

Lori Waldee-Warden

Fitness Director
(302) 510-1271

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Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.