YMCA Of Delaware Increases Accessibility For Summer Camp Applicants

Purchase of Care accepted at Bear-Glasgow & Western Family YMCA locations.

Wilmington, Delaware – The YMCA of Delaware is pleased to announce the addition of the Purchase of Care program at two summer camp locations. This offering will allow the Y to serve more children and families in need by increasing access to full time care during out of school time in a safe, active and fun environment this summer.

Purchase of Care (POC), a program through the Delaware Division of Social Services, is a subsidy that provides support for early childhood and after-school education for children up to age 12 who live within 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit. Funding for the program comes from federal and state sources, which allow low-income families to pay for child care so parents and guardians can work or receive workforce training.

“The Y believes every child deserves the opportunity to make life-long memories, create new friendships and explore the natural world around them at a quality camp regardless of their family’s financial situation,” says Georganne Buccine, YMCA of Delaware Vice President of Youth Development. “We encourage eligible families to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to send their children to camp at the YMCA of Delaware.”

POC will now be accepted at the Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA and the Western Family YMCA summer camps immediately so families can ensure their children have a memorable and enjoyable summer. The Walnut Street YMCA will also continue to accept Purchase of Care. For more information, visit the YMCA of Delaware website.

Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA
Camp Cassey
351 George Williams Way
Newark, DE 19702

Western Family YMCA
Camp Wassaqui
2600 Kirkwood Highway
Newark, DE 19711

YMCA of Delaware summer camps include various programming from arts & crafts and STEM to sports and swim skills. All Y staff members receive training annually in child abuse prevention, first aid, CPR and workplace safety. Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our campers, staff and community.

According to the Delaware Division of Social Services, a family of three with a Maximum Gross Monthly Income of $3,833 or less qualifies for Purchase of Care. For a full breakdown of 2024 Child Care Income Limits, click here.


Bear-Glasgow YMCA: Patricia Robotham, Registrar – (302) 392-2416

Western Family YMCA: Tara Horwitz, Registrar – (302) 510-1258

About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential. www.ymcade.org.


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Memorial Day 2024

YMCA of Delaware branches will be OPEN  7 - 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. All outdoor pools will be OPEN from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Click here for updated outdoor pool hours.


Summer Camp

🌞🎉 Register now for YMCA Summer Camp and join us for fun, friends, and safe, screen-free adventures! 🚀🏕️ Financial assistance is available. Now accepting Purchase of Care (POC) at Western and Bear locations! Learn More 🌟✨