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.
Now offering Learning Support Centers!
When school is out, the Y is in! As Delaware’s largest licensed childcare provider, we are committed to serving all students engaged in distance learning through high-quality care and remote learning assistance. Our Learning Support Centers will combine fun, character-building activities with educational support. Participants will receive an opportunity for homework help along with assistance to complete school assignments. Learn More!
Before and After School Care
*Due to online learning, most locations are not currently registering for 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 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
Babysitting while you work out
*Drop-in care is currently suspended at all locations due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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 YMCA, Brandywine YMCA, Central 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 YMCA, Central YMCA, Walnut Street YMCA, Western YMCA Child Care
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 YMCA; Dover YMCA; Sussex YMCA; Walnut Street YMCA; Western YMCA; Middletown YMCA
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