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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The Sussex Family YMCA does not participate in the Nationwide Membership program from May – September.

The summer months bring a large influx of vacationers to the Sussex YMCA. 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.

Sussex YMCA vacation passes are available for Nationwide YMCA members at 50% off and can be purchased in-person at the branch. YMCA membership cards and a valid ID are required at each visit to determine eligibility.

  • Vacation Day Pass (Nationwide Members Only): $12.50 (regularly $25 per person)
  • Vacation Week Pass (Nationwide Members Only):
    $25/youth (regularly $50);
    $50/individual (regularly $100);
    $100/family (regularly $200)

*Vacation week passes provide unlimited access to the Y for 7 days. Family is defined as parent/guardian(s) and dependent children under the age of 26. If you are a member of any YMCA of Delaware location, use of the Sussex Family YMCA is included in your membership. 

Renovated Kids’ Zone

Kids’ Zone Ages 8 weeks – 10 years

Have you heard? Our Kids’ Zone has been renovated! We will now offer care for children as young as 8 weeks old.

Summer Camp Begins

June 17

The Sussex Family YMCA summer camps will kick off! Expect to see more families in our facility and parking lot, and higher traffic during drop off/pick up times. We are excited to have the kids back in the facility for the next 3 months!

Pride Day

June 28

Look out for incoming details on this year’s “Pride Ride” brought to you by the Sussex Family YMCA.

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

2024-2025 Registration is NOW OPEN!


Space is limited and current participants are given priority, then to students who attend our local schools year-round. 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 working with your child soon!

2024 – 2025 Summer Session

Dates:  July 1, 2024 – August 22, 2024
Days:  Monday – Thursday (no session 7/4/24)
Time:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages:  12 years – 17 years
Cost:  FREE

2024-2025 Academic Year

Dates:  September 17, 2024 – June 10, 2025
Days:  Tuesdays/Thursdays
Time:  3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ages:  11 years – 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 on SOME days, 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- Thursday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Friday: 5 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Saturday: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sunday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*Pool closes 15 minutes prior to closing each day

Kids’ Zone

  • Monday-Saturday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours:


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

Teri Armstrong

Senior Business Manager
(302) 296-9622

Justin Dennis

Sr. Facilities Director
(302) 510-1229

Shannon Downing

Sr. Child Care Director
(302) 510-1265

Veronica Luck

Director of Child Care Operations
(302) 296-9622

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.