Child Care

Learn, grow and thrive with the Y. Our licensed child care and preschool programs provide curriculum focused on education, leadership, and character development. By using Creative Curriculum in both our child care and preschool it offers parents the option for full day, full year care OR half day preschool. We are also proud to offer a before and after school-based child care program (SAFE) for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Leland, Hinckley-Big Rock and Newark School Districts. The program offers homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play and many fun and creative social activities.

Infants01Our Early Learning Academy has 2 locations at both Central Branch in Plano, IL and West Branch in Sandwich, IL.

We offer a full day / full year ages 0-3 years licensed program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos where our highly trained and qualified teachers provide individualized care, create environments that support and encourage exploration, ensure children's health and safety and develop partnerships with families.

INFANTS (6 weeks - 15 months; 1:4 Ratio)
In the infant classroom, our primary emphasis is meeting the infant’s daily needs and providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Children are provided with experiences that foster and develop their cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills while encouraging their independence. Infants are engaged in developmentally appropriate toys, books, stories, and fingerplays throughout the day. They are learning through routines and attachments to their caregivers. Infant daily nap and meal schedule are based on the infant’s individual needs.

TODDLERS (16-24 months; 1:5 Ratio)
In the toddler classroom, children are introduced to a more structured and regular routine. Children are provided with an environment that encourages exploration and curiosity through child-initiated and teacher-guided activities. Toddlers have opportunities to make choices in art, sensory, exploration, problem-solving, music, books, self-help skills, and interactive play. The toddler classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

TWOS (1:8 Ratio)
In the two’s classrooms, the children discover a stimulating environment arranged into various interests and learning centers. Our goal for our two-year-olds includes developing valuable self-help skills such as potty training, personal hygiene, dressing self and putting toys away. We also focus on building cognitive skills, such as counting, sorting, recognizing letters, colors, and shapes. Another important skill we work on is interacting with others. We have many opportunities for sharing, listening and taking turns. The two’s classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

If you have any questions about any of the Early Learning Academy (ELA) services, please contact either Senior Child Care Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (630)552-4100 or ELA West Branch Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (815) 786-9998.

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Very few environments are as special as summer camp.  It's a rare experience where kids and counselors become a community.  Our counselors are vested in immersing campers in daily activities that encourage them to try new things while celebrating their talents and gifts.  The YMCA is planning a summer filled with old favorites and new adventures.  Whether your child comes for one week or the entire summer, we invite them to be a part of the YMCA's safe, nurturing and inclusive summer camp.

Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. Campers will enjoy daily dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, outdoor pavilion, and 17 acres of outdoor space. Each day is a new adventure, from practicing a talent show act with friends to cooling off with a ride down the giant slip-n-slide; the possibilities are endless!

Our summer day camp also offers enrichment programs in gymnastics, dance, music, theatre and sports that will further enhance your child’s summer. Counselors will safely escort children to and from any programs they attend. These programs are discounted for Summer Campers. 



What IS day camp?

  • Professional, energetic, caring staff. All counselors are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED and many have experience working in our before and after school care program.
  • Full-day care from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm with USDA approved lunch and two snacks daily.
  • Dips in our indoor pool and use of our Aqua Track
  • STEAM Activities and arts & crafts projects
  • Weekly Field Trips
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for gaga ball, dance parties, sandbox fun, soccer, tie-dyeing and so much more!
  • Fully air-conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt and backpack (while supplies last)
  • Age-specific camp groups
  • Plus, YMCA Summer children's membership included in camp rates!

CAMP FEATURES

  • Visits to our Gymnastics Facility with Gymnastics Instructors
  • Karate sessions with Dojo Dynamics
  • Dedicated Arts & Crafts space
  • Indoor and outdoor Basketball
  • Weekly Field Trips
  • 2nd camp location in Sandwich
  • Express pickup through text message
  • Dedicated Facebook Group

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Marketing Trifold

Parent Handbook
Enrollment Packet
 
Field Trip Schedule


Camper/Parent Orientation
 

Central Camp  |  Tuesday, May 5  |  6:30 pm
West Camp  |  Wednesday, May 6  |  6:30 pm
Campers and parents will meet the camp counselors and get the 411 on what to expect at camp. Field trips and weekly schedule information will be provided. Campers will also receive their Summer Camp backpack and t-shirt. Registration will be available before and after orientation. 


DAY CAMP RATES

There is a one-time $50 registration fee for all participants. Free Youth Membership is included in our rates, as well as a free camp t-shirt & backpack (while supplies last), and a majority of weekly field trip costs.

  • 1-3 Days: $125 YMCA Members/$103 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
  • 4-5 Days: $154 YMCA Members/$121 CIT (includes Youth Membership)

Payments can be made in person or by phone at our Central Branch (630-552-4100), or West Branch (815-786-9998), or online. Financial assistance is available and DHS subsidy is accepted. YMCA day camps are tax-deductible and qualify for flexible spending.


SPECIAL OFFERS

SAFE to Summer Camp Priority Registration
Begins February 1st, 2020. Free registration for children currently enrolled in the SAFE program.

Early Bird Registration - 50% off Registration Fee
$25 registration fee from March 1st - April 17th

Healthy Kids Day - Free Camp Registration
Free Registration on April 18th, 2020 from 1-3 pm (must be present)

Multiple Child Discount
*10% discount for multiple children enrolled in Summer Camp
All children must be enrolled full-time (4-5 days per week).
When full-time fees vary, discount taken from CIT registration


camp counselors 

You can depend on the Y to make sure that all camp activity areas are well supervised. As role models, camp counselors are selected for sound judgment, maturity, experience, enthusiasm and creativity. All employees are interviewed and go through an extensive background check, and fingerprinting prior to being hired and are trained in CPR, first aid, and child abuse prevention.

The Y and our camp counselors are here to help kids flourish socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. Rooted in caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, our holistic approach works wonders, preparing kids for life, one fantastic summer at a time.


Summer Day Camp is located at Central and West branch in Plano and Sandwich, il.  Camp runs Mon-Friday from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm with programming from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please call 630-552-4100 for more information.

 

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We offer full-day or half-day licensed programs for children ages three to five years at Central and West Branch. Our preschool program offers quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. In addition, your child will develop skills to build character values, self-esteem, friendships, and kindergarten readiness skills.

FULL DAY or HALF DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (ages 3-5)
The three to five-year-old classrooms focus on the growth and development of the whole child: physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Activities and classroom centers are oriented to the child’s interests and developmental levels. Our three to five-year-olds are able to make choices in a variety of areas including art and sensory activities, dramatic play, stories and books, music and movement, fine and large motor development and much more.

Our program builds the foundation and prepares children for those skills needed in Kindergarten. Math, science, language areas, and pre-reading and writing are emphasized. In addition, children learn important classroom skills such as taking turns, sharing and cooperation as well as learning to develop socially acceptable behaviors and positive social relationships through cooperative play.  

YMCA Youth Membership is included in all of our Preschool options.

Our Preschool Curriculum includes the following areas: Language Development, Creative Experience, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, iPad Technology, Music/Movement, Science and Discovery, Dramatic and Sensory Play.

Preschool events include School Pictures, Holiday Parties, Recreational swimming, End-of-Year Pre-K ceremony, Spring Recital, Local Field Trips, and more. Additional YMCA Benefits include Indoor gymnasium, music and dance rooms, after-school enrichment programs, USDA-approved lunches and snacks, 17-acre outdoor pavilion, indoor pool, two secure and safe outdoor play areas, "Let's Move Initiative," and a gymnastics center.In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

Click here for information on our before and after school-based program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk and Newark School Districts.

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CENTRAL BRANCH PRESCHOOL
630-552-4100
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am-6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (630-552-4100 x230) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3-5 years old
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9-11:30 am and/or 12:15-2:45 pm

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
6:30am-6:00pm


WEST BRANCH PRESCHOOL
815-786-8914
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00am-6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (815-786-8914) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3-5 years old
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9-11:30am and/or 12:15-2:45pm

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
6:00am-6:00pm

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Ages 3-5
9 am-12:00 pm
$70 Member/$90 Non-Member
Early Learning Academy at Central Branch
Set your child off on an adventure in learning and exploring in the context of “first-hand experiences.” The YMCA takes pride in offering program options conducted by experienced, degreed teachers who make learning fun. REGISTER TODAY!

DYNAMITE DINOSAURS
June 1–5  |  Calling all mini paleontologists...get ready to travel back in time as we learn all about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. We will erupt our own volcanoes, dig for fossils and learn all kinds of fascinating facts about dinosaurs. Field Trip: Dinosaur Exploring at the Dinosaur Park (Raintree A, Yorkville)

SUPERHERO ACADEMY
June 8–12  |  Who wants to be a superhero? Your camper will spend the week practicing important superhero skills like jumping, hopping, balancing and teamwork through games and activities. Get ready for some superhero fun that will keep your preschooler moving and laughing! Field Trip: YMCA Gymnastics Program

ALL ABOUT BUGS AND NATURE
June 15–19  |  We’ll be buzzing all week long as we learn all about flying, crawling and creeping bugs and insects while learning about nature along the way. Field Trip: Peck Farm

PIRATE ADVENTURES
June 22–26  |  Ahoy mateys! Set sail on the high seas for some pirate adventures. We’ll learn to talk like a pirate, walk the plank and search for a pirate treasure. Field Trip: Swim Day at YMCA Pool

STARS AND STRIPES
July 29– July 3  |  Red, white and blue! Let’s celebrate America’s birthday! Your little camper will enjoy creating their very own special 4th of July shirt, fun holiday crafts and a picnic. Campers should bring a plain white t-shirt for our 4th of July shirt project. Special Activity: Tie Dye/Stamping T-shirt and Picnic

ANIMAL ANTICS
July 6–10  |  From puppies to pandas and lions to lizards come to discover the wonderful world of animals! Your camper will learn about all kinds of animals from pets to ones found in the wild and their habitats. Field Trip: Phillips Park Zoo

I CAN COOK!
July 13–17  |  Does your little camper love to cook? Join us as we spend the week making delicious and savory treats while learning about the basics of cooking and kitchen safety. Field Trip: Luigi’s Pizza

DISNEY MANIA
July 20–24  |  Calling all Disney fans! Your favorite Disney Characters will be the center of all our fun this week. We’ll be singing some of our favorite Disney songs, getting to dress-up, make special crafts and more. Special Event: Pajama Day with a special movie.

SHARK WEEK
July 27-31  |  Ready to become an expert on sharks? Let’s dive deep as we learn all about sharks. We will discover why sharks don’t sink, what are the largest and smallest sharks and how many teeth they lose over a lifetime as well as other interesting shark facts. Field Trip: Prairie Point Splash Pad

SUPER SCIENCE MAGIC
August 3-7  |  Science is awesome! Come join us for a week of ooey, gooey fun! Your little scientist will enjoy hands-on science experiments and getting to create some crazy concoctions. Field Trip:  Dupage Children’s Museum

REGISTER TODAY!

Y FamilyWhat some of our Early Learning Academy parents are saying…

"I wanted to thank you and all of the teachers Lukas has had over the last four years. We picked the Y based upon meeting you and learning about the program you put together and we couldn't have been happier with the choice. He has come so far from being the shy little boy that didn't want to leave my side and I have everyone there to thank. At kindergarten registration, they complimented the preschool program that prepared him so well and said they were going to have a hard time challenging him in class. Everyone has done a wonderful teaching and taking care of him and I just can't thank you all enough! - Robyn L.

 

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you and your staff have done for Skye over the past few years. I have been so happy with the level of care that the YMCA staff has provided to Skye. I’ve never had to worry that she would be well cared for and I can definitely tell that the teachers care deeply for Skye and she for them.”  - Miranda K.

 

"We feel so lucky to be part of the Y's Early Learning Academy family! Our boys love their teachers and all the learning and playing that goes on throughout the day. Plus, the added benefit of being able to enroll them in enrichment classes like swim lessons, gymnastics, or sports makes their day at school even more fulfilling." - James M.

 

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of Abby this year. Finding a daycare we could trust to care for our first born was not an easy decision, but you impressed us from the very beginning. It means a lot to us to know that Abby is in good hands." - Jillian S.

 

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of Maddy! Going back to work was hard, but knowing I was leaving Maddy in your caring hands made it so much easier. I really appreciate the love and caring you gave to Maddy this year and all of the fun projects and experiences she had with you! I appreciate the photos and keepsakes from her time in the Infant room.

 

"Odi and I cannot thank you enough to tell you how blessed we have been these past months to have had all your love, guidance, patience, and care. Odi knows all that he does thanks to you ladies."

 

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SAFE01Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, and Newark school districts. Plano and Yorkville offer AM and PM care. *Please note, Yorkville Grade will no longer offer AM care for the 2019/20 school year.

Morning care begins at 6:30 am. Afternoon care begins immediately after dismissal until 6:00 pm. We offer homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play, and many social opportunities for your child. 

A light, healthy breakfast is served in the morning and a healthy afternoon snack is served. Throughout the year, SAFE students enjoy a variety of themed activities, special holiday parties, and even in-class field trips. Activity Days, Winter Break, and Spring Break camp are included at no additional fee for full-time SAFE students (AM/PM - 5 Days).
 
In addition, all S.A.F.E. students can receive a free youth membership. To activate your child's free membership, simply register for one of our youth sports programs, aquatics programs, gymnastics, dance and/or music lessons. Parents can upgrade their child's youth membership to a Family Membership for just $47/month during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program. Current family memberships will be discounted to $47 during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program.  Maximum discount of Family Membership is $22/month.

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S.A.F.E & Activity Days Overview

The S.A.F.E. program provides an inclusive atmosphere where children are nurtured and encouraged to have fun and cultivate friendships. In the S.A.F.E. program we honor families by allocating time for students to complete homework. We offer assistance with homework when needed. Students may spend homework time reading or being read to. The kids in the S.A.F.E program will have the choice to do arts and crafts, play large group games, have dance parties, play board games and much more to suit all kids interests. We offer a light breakfast in the morning and a snack in the afternoon.  We are a nut-free program.    

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday on all school attendance days
  • Mornings begins at 6:30 am until the school bell
  • Afternoons begins from school bell to 6:00 pm

Payment Options

Payment options and flexible attendance are offered to customize the right care plan for your child.  As a bonus, we include activity days, winter break and spring break camps at no additional charge for our full-time students (5 days AM and PM each week).   

Discount

We are now offering a 10% discount on second child enrollment for our full-time students. Both children must be enrolled full time (5 days AM and PM each week) in order to receive the discount.

Membership

All S.A.F.E. students can receive a free youth membership. To activate your child's free membership, simply register for one of our youth sports programs, swimming, gymnastics or music lessons.  Parents can upgrade their child's youth membership to a Family Membership for just $47/month during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program. Current family memberships will be discounted to $47 during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program.  Maximum discount off of $69 Family Membership is $22/month.

Staff

Our staff is energetic and well trained with a "kid first" attitude. S.A.F.E. employees complete more than 18 hours of training including DCFS Mandated Reporter, Gateways Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics, CPR certification, First Aid certification and an extensive background check. The S.A.F.E. staff exemplifies Y core values of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty in their work with your children.

Registration

Register for the S.A.F.E. program by visiting the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano or the YMCA in Sandwich.

Payment Information

SAFE is a program that begins on the first day of school and ends on the last day of school.  Payments are calculated by taking the total number of attendance days in the school year and dividing them into equal monthly or semi-monthly payments.   This allows parents to plan for childcare costs.    For students registered August 1, 2019 and later, a $50 registration fee and the first payment are due upon registration. The last monthly payment for the S.A.F.E. school year will be drafted on May 1, 2020.  The last semi-monthly payment for the S.A.F.E.  school year will be May 15, 2020.

ATTENDANCE SEMI-MONTHLY RATE MONTHLY RATE
 AM 1-3 Days  $70 $140
 AM 4-5 Days $115   $230
 PM 1-3 Days  $79  $158
 PM 4-5 Days  $126  $252
 AM & PM 1-3 Days $109  $218
 AM & PM 4-5 Days $179   $358

Financial Assistance

The Fox Valley Family YMCA accepts DHS payments. Additionally, through our generous donors, the YMCA offers financial assistance for those who qualify. Please see a front desk for details.

Activity Days and Camp

Activity Days & Camps are scheduled days off school (non-national holidays) and are from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Activity Days & Camps are held at the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano and Sandwich locations. Activity days or camp days are $35 per day for all part-time SAFE participants. Full-time SAFE participants are no additional charge.  A full-time student is defined as any child who is enrolled for 5 mornings and 5 afternoons per week. All other participants are considered part-time.  You can register by calling 630-552-4100 or 815-786-8914 or online at foxvalleyymca.org.

Sandwich Activity Days

Activity days for Sandwich students will be held at the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano. We will provide drop off at 628 South Main Street, Sandwich from 6:30 am - 9:00 am.  At 9:00 am children will be transported to Central Branch in Plano, they will return to Sandwich for pick-up by 3:30 pm.

Activity Day Registration

All students attending an activity day or camp day are required to be registered. This includes all full time and DHS students. Registration must be completed by the Friday prior to the activity day in order to attend and avoid a late fee of $20. Registration for activity days will be open one month prior to the activity day. Please note: we will no longer be offering registration for full-time students for the entire school year.    

Activity Day Lunches

Lunches are not provided by the Y on activity days & camp days. However, a light breakfast and afternoon snack will be provided.


Please Note: The Fox Valley Family YMCA will make every reasonable effort to accommodate children with special needs.  However, our SAFE program is a recreational program and is not designed to care for children that require 1:1 care on a regular basis.  A family with children requiring 1:1 care on a regular basis must contact the Safe Director prior to enrollment.


Visit our Early Learning Academy for birth to age five Child Care and Preschool options.

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