Child Care at the Y

Children are like sponges—they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them.  At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.  That’s why our child care, afterschool and Child Watch programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do their homework.  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Child Care

Y’s across the country offer quality full-day and partial-day child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments. If you are interested in finding out more about our child care please contact Diane Nantz at 828.624.1328 or [email protected]


With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y afterschool programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. To learn more about teen programs, look here. If you are interested in finding out more about our teen programs please contact Alysse Dambach at 828.324.2858 or [email protected]

Child Watch

Many Y’s offer free drop-in child care while mom or dad make use of the Y.  Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests. If you are interested in finding out more about our child watch please contact Cindy Verrill at 828.324.2858 or [email protected]

Childwatch Hours:
Ages: 6 wks – 8 years
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 1:00pm            
Mon – Thu: 
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday: No Child Watch

The Y provides financial assistance for children, teens, adults and families who cannot afford the full cost of a Y membership. If you are looking for financial assistance for YMCA programs, we offer that too. We use a sliding fee scale based on total household income and the number of household members. We require supporting documentation to verify household size and income, and we consider special circumstances when providing assistance. Recipients are expected to be responsible for a percentage of the membership cost. Qualification for YMCA financial assistance for membership is reviewed every year.

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