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 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 classroom, the children discover a stimulating environment arranged into various interest 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.

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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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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. 

Morning care begins at 6:30am. Afternoon care begins immediately after dismissal until 6:00pm. 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 are 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). Plus, all SAFE students will receive a FREE Youth Membership when they enroll (upgrade to a Family Membership for just $44.50/month). Stop by either branch to register your child today.
 
Visit our Early Learning Academy for birth to age five Child Care and Preschool options.
 

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Kids enrolled in summer day camp at the Fox Valley Family YMCA have the best that summer has to offer right at their fingertips. With daily dips in our pool and use of our Aqua Track obstacle course, gymnasium, outdoor pavilion, and 17 acres of outdoor space to make the most of...whether that means practicing a talent show act with friends or grilling burgers for our Camp Cook-Outs.

Our summer day camp also offers enrichment programs in gymnastics, dance, music, and sports that will further enhance your child’s summer. Program instructors will safely escort children to and from any classes they attend. These programs are discounted for Summer Campers. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way! View the full Summer Day Camp Brochure here.

Click here to register for SUMMER CAMP


What can you expect from 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
  • Camp Cook-Outs, STEM Activities, Huddle Groups, and more!
  • Weekly Field Trips (stay tuned for exciting field trip announcements)
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for rocket launching, practicing a talent show act, playing soccer, or tie-dyeing
  • Fully air-conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Age-specific ratios
  • YMCA day camps are tax deductible and qualify for flexible spending
  • Commitment to your child health, as we participate in the CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health program
  • Plus, YMCA Summer membership conveniently included in camp fee!

 

New this summer!

  • Announcing a 2nd Location in Sandwich at our new School Aged Child Care West facility (628 S. Main St., Sandwich, IL). Children will experience the same once-a-week field trip opportunities AND swim twice-a-week at Central Branch. Rates, camp info and schedules will be the same as Central Branch.
  • Express pickup through text message! It’s simple, with 10 minutes notice via text, your child will be waiting for you at sign out. Express pickup phone number will be provided upon registration.
  • New Field Trips including Sky High, All Seasons Ice Rink, Philips Park and more!
  • Word of the Day & Team Building Tournaments implemented at lunchtime and playtime to promote camp conversation and togetherness amongst campers, counselors and directors.
  • Good manners pay off this summer with staff and members rewarding outstanding citizenship of campers.  

CAMP INFORMATION

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
  • YMCA Day Camp t-shirt for Field Trips
  • Change of clothes
  • Backpack with name visible
  • Swimsuit, towel and plastic bag for wet swimsuit/towel
  • Water bottle with name visible (disposable water bottles suggested for field trips)
  • Sunscreen/sunblock
  • Nut free snack/sack lunch (if needed)
Campers must wear closed toe shoes each day!
WHAT NOT TO BRING TO CAMP
(unless specified by the day's events)
  • ALL electronics
  • ALL cell phones
  • ALL toys
  • Soda and candy
  • Money
  • Sandals and flip-flops (allowed for pool/water park field trips only)

  


Camper/Parent Orientation

Central Branch  |  Monday, May 21  |  6:30-7:30pm
West Branch  |  Tuesday, May 22  |  6:30-7:30pm
Campers and their parents will meet 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 t-shirt and backpack. Registration will be available before and after orientation. 


AGE GROUPS 

K-1: Children entering Kindergarten or 1st grade

2-3: Children entering 2nd or 3rd grade

4-6: Children entering 4th, 5th or 6th grade

CIT (Counselors In Training): Children entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades


DAY CAMP RATES

There is a one-time $35 registration fee for all participants. Free Youth Membership is included in our 3-Day and Weekly rates, as well as a free camp t-shirt, backpack, water bottle and weekly field trip costs.

  • 3-Day: $110 YMCA Members / $90 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
  • Weekly: $140 YMCA Members / $110 CIT (includes Youth Membership)

Payments can be made in person at our Central or West Branch or online. Financial assistance is available and DHS subsidy is accepted.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP

Download the Summer Camp registration packet here.


 

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 a complete background check 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.


Y Camp Readers

Back again this summer, the Y is participating in an exciting new program called Camp Readers. Campers will explore reading through a variety of ways including independent reading, partner reading, staff read-aloud, thematic reading and much more. Let's bridge the reading gap together and make summer reading fun and engaging!


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View the full Summer Day Camp Brochure here.
Download the Summer Camp registration packet here.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP

Summer Day Camp is located at Central and West Branch in Plano and Sandwich, IL.  Camp runs Mon-Fri from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm with programming from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Call 630-552-4100 for more information.

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Start for $0 down & your first week is FREE!

The Y’s Early Learning Academy West Branch is proud to offer a limited time special for parents enrolling their infants into our child care program. Sign up today and we’ll waive your security deposit and your first week’s tuition is free (a $420 dollar value)! Our Infant Room is led by our caring and tenured staff. We provide baby formula and organic baby food (for those children ready for solids). Stop by and take a tour - we’d love to meet you!

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 interest 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.

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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SWIM LESSONS
June 4 - August 9
8+ years  |  Tues. & Thurs.  |  3-3:45pM  |  $144M
7- years  |  Tues. & Thurs.  |   4-4:30pM  |  $96M
8+ years  |  3 levels
Swim Basics, Stroke Basics, Advanced Stroke Technique
7 years and under  |  2 levels
Swim Basics, Stroke Basics
Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity but an important life skill for all children. Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career. This is a 10-week session at the price of 8!


SPORTS OF ALL SORTS
June 4 - August 10  |  Ages 5-8
CENTRAL  |  Mondays  |  9-10:00AM
WEST  |  Thursdays  |  11:00am-12:00pm
$60M
Interested in learning more about a variety of sports? This is just the class for you! Each week we will focus on a different sport such as basketball, hockey, archery, flag football, volleyball, soccer, and more! Get 10 classes for the price of 8!


CO-ED TUMBLING
June 12 - August 9
Ages 6-11  |  Tuesdays  |  1-2:00PM  |  $75M
This class is for boys and girls who want to learn basic tumbling such as handstands, cartwheels and rolls. We also work on body position and form. This is a 9-week session priced at a 7-week rate!


DANCE
June 14 - August 9
Ages 6-11  |  Thursdays  |  2-3:00PM  |  $75M
Students will be introduced to Hip Hop steps while learning fun, upbeat choreography! This is a 9-week session priced at a 7-week rate!

In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET KASSIDY!
The Y has always been a positive part of Kassidy’s life. Starting at the age of 2, Kassidy began daycare at the Y and continued through her preschool years. As a school age kid, she participated in summer camp and attended the SAFE program. She also took dance lessons, tumbling and swim lessons at the Y. For the last two years working as a SAFE and summer camp counselor, “Y has impacted my decision to pursue a career working with children with special needs.” In the fall, Kassidy will begin college courses at Waubonsee Community College to study Communication and Science Disorders.

Hang-out with Kassidy at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.  


SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.  


 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

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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