YMCA Child Care

The YMCA’s childcare programs provide each child a warm and supportive environment in which to grow. We meet the needs of each child with experiences that foster development and a sense of self-esteem. Programs strive to develop the total child, with particular emphasis on educational, physical, emotional and social skills necessary for success in the coming school years.

Before and After School Care

As a working parent, you have a lot on your plate. Let us help care for your children in our before and after school programs. 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, fun and supportive environment. Our locations include YMCA’s and local area schools. For location specific details, click on the links below.
Bear-Glasgow YMCA Child CareBrandywine YMCA Child CareWalnut Street YMCA Child CareDover YMCA Child CareSussex YMCA Child CareWestern YMCA Child CareMiddletown Family YMCA

Babysitting while you work out

Do you need someone to watch your child when you are exercising at the Y? We’ve got you covered! At the Y, 2 hours of free babysitting is included in your membership. Our Kids’ Zones serve youth ages 6 weeks to 13 years with age-appropriate activities and opportunities to move and exercise. For Kids’s Zone hours, click below your preferred location and choose “hours”. Bear-Glasgow Family YMCABrandywine YMCACentral YMCA Dover YMCA Sussex Family YMCA Western Family YMCA


Is it time for your toddler to get their first school experience? Because this is a critical time in your child’s life, our preschool programs at the Western and Central YMCA locations focus on the development of the whole child and equip toddlers with essential skills for life-long learning. Our staff are trained especially for this delicate and inquisitive age and are required to attend numerous training sessions throughout the year. For location specific details, click on the links below.
Brandywine YMCACentral YMCA, Walnut Street YMCAWestern YMCA Child Care

Day Camps

At our day camps participants sing songs, create arts and crafts, play music, swim, learn academic fundamentals, participate in storytelling and more. During our specialty camps we focus on STEM, sports, dance, art, cooking and more. Our day camps are offered at different locations across the state: Bear-Glasgow; Brandywine YMCADover YMCASussex YMCAWalnut Street YMCAWestern YMCAMiddletown YMCA

Overnight Camp

Our overnight camp, Camp Tockwogh, is a spectacular rural camp on 309 well-preserved acres spread over a mile and half along the Chesapeake Bay in Worton, MD. It provides a unique opportunity for campers to enjoy the great outdoors and new experiences including sailing, horseback riding, hiking and more. Our camping options include opportunities for families and children from kindergarten through 11th grade. Click here to learn more.

School is Out

Are you in a bind to find care for your child during school holidays or in-service days? We have you covered! Sign up for one of the Y’s School is Out programs. Click here to learn details by location. Bear-Glasgow YMCA Child Care, Brandywine YMCA Child Care, Walnut Street YMCA Child Care, Dover YMCA Child Care, Sussex YMCA Child Care, Western YMCA Child Care, Middletown Family YMCA



Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.


Stronger Together

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.


Due to scheduled protests, the Central and Walnut Street YMCA's will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Sussex Family Y will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Bear-Family Y outdoor pools will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.