YMCA Child Care

The YMCA’s childcare assistance 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 & After School Care

Our before and after school programs are full of activities that parents and kids love. Our staff members go through rigorous training to ensure we are providing children with safe, positive experiences.  Learn more or register today!

Free Kids’ Zone option while you work out 

  • Kids’ Zone Participants will get together to move, play, explore and have tons of fun! Activities will include fitness games to get your kids moving, and enrichment activities like play-doh, crafts, Legos and more. Check our branch pages for hours by location. This program is included in your YMCA family membership.


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 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, Sussex YMCA Child Care, Western YMCA Child Care.

USDA Food Programs

We are proud to participate in SFSP & CACFP food programs at most of our child care and campsites. Thanks to these programs, thousands of children attending Y Summer Camp and Child Care programs have access to free, nutritious meals each year.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2.  fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Our Mission

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