Western Family YMCA Child Care and Preschool

2600 Kirkwood Highway
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 453-0123 – Youth Development Center
(302) 709-9622 – Western YMCA

We believe at the Western Family YMCA that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. 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 fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

 


Our pre-school program is for children ages 3 years through 5 years old. This program provides a beneficial social experience and a good foundation for future education. Experienced teachers and assistants utilize child-centered activities to encourage attentive listening skills, pro-social behavior, and provide opportunities to increase self-awareness.

Full Day Preschool (3 – 5 years)

Our curriculum incorporates Math, Science/Sensory, Language/Literacy, Art and Social and Emotional Development. Our staff provides a safe, nurturing, and family-oriented environment while exposing children to developmentally age-appropriate activities. Your children will have the opportunity to enjoy themes that encourage the use of their imaginations while supporting social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Physical activities are promoted through weekly swim and gym opportunities. Children must be toilet trained to enter the program.  Your contact is Bonnie Haigh at bhaigh@ymcade.org.
Located:
Meadowood School (near the Y)
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Program Highlights

  • Playgrounds & indoor gym
  • Low staff to child ratio
  • On-site community programs
  • Field trips
  • Weekly gym and recreational swim
  • Red Clay School Lunch Program is available. Breakfast and lunch most days at an additional fee. 
Preschool Part Day Offerings (3 – 5 years)
  • GIANT STEP PRESCHOOL
    Children ages 3-5 are welcome! Our staff provides a safe, nurturing and family-oriented environment while exposing children to developmentally age-appropriate activities. Your children will have the opportunity to enjoy themes that encourage the use of their imaginations while supporting social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Physical activities are promoted through weekly swim and gym opportunities. Children must be toilet trained to enter the program.
  • LUNCH BUNCH
    Giant Step Preschoolers can stay a little longer! Through this program, children have the opportunity to eat lunch with their friends and have a little more time to play. Please provide your child with a healthy, nut-free lunch and drink. Children must be enrolled in Giant Step Preschool to participate.

REGISTRATION:

Please call the Western Family YMCA Youth Development Center at (302) 453-0123 to register for Preschool or Before and After School Care.


Before and After School enrichment is an activity-based program designed to enhance the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of all children within a safe, care fun and supportive environment. Our Program offers homework assistance, a daily snack, diverse recreation and enrichment activities, and access to YMCA youth programs.

HOURS:

Before Care begins at 7 a.m. – until school starts
After Care begins after school ends until 6 p.m.

LOCATIONS:

All Before and After School Care, with the exception of Middle School, is held at the schools listed below. Middle School only will be held at the Western Family YMCA Youth Development Center.

Red Clay Consolidated Schools

  • Marbrook Elementary School
  • Anna P. Mote Elementary School
  • Heritage Elementary School
  • Forest Oak Elementary School 
  • Baltz Elementary School

Christina Schools

  • Brookside Elementary School
  • Maclary Elementary School
  • Gallaher Elementary School
  • Wilson Elementary School
  • Smith Elementary School

Middle Schools
*Middle School students will be bussed to the Western Family YMCA for After Care only. There is no Before Care for Middle School students.

  • Shue-Medill Middle School
  • Stanton Middle School

Registration

Registration is now open for the 2020/2021 school year. Register online today!

 


Out of school care is held at the Western Family YMCA during in-service days and school holidays. Your child can be engaged in social and educational activities while having fun. Parents, please pack a lunch for your child if you are participating in the Y’s School is Out program.

*This program is only for youth enrolled in Before and After School Care.

Fee Per Day: $40


Our Mission


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

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At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination, and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.

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