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, and Newark School Districts. The program offers homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play and many fun and creative social activities. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.


Our Early Learning Academy is located at our Central Branch (just west of the Yorkville Target) and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 6:00pm.

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. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.

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 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 finger plays 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 include: 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.

Click here for our Threes, Fours, and Fives Program

If you have any questions about any of the Early Learning Academy services, please contact the Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (630) 552-4100 x230.

SAFE01Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, and Newark school districts. Newark, Plano, and Yorkville offer AM and PM care. 

Sandwich and Somonauk currently offer PM care only. 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. Download a copy of our school newsletter and stay updated on what's happening at the Y.

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 $43/month). Stop by either branch to register your child today. Contact Before and After School Age Care Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information at 630-552-4100 x262. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.
Bring a Friend to SAFE Day | February 12
Bring a friend* to SAFE for free February 12 and when your friend signs up for the safe program, we’ll waive their registration fee. *pre-registration required

Spring Break Camp | March 21-25
Our Spring Break Activity Days will be full of fun activities as we partner with our Sports, Arts, Fitness, and Aquatic Departments! As always, activity days are held at our Central Branch and registration is required. Students must be registered the Friday before attending to avoid a late fee of $20. Children should bring a peanut free lunch. The Y will provide breakfast and an afternoon snack. Children should make sure to wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 x250 to register.
Full time S.A.F.E. participants: Free
Part-time SAFE participants: $30/day
Non-Safe participants: $50/day

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


SummerCamp01SUMMER DAY CAMP STARTS MAY 23, 2016! 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 Friday 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. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way!

Camp is located at our Central Branch (just west of the Yorkville Target) and 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. Pay for camp online! Download a registration form below.


SummerCamp02What can you expect from our day camp program?

  • 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 6:30am to 6:00pm with USDA approved lunch and two snacks daily.
  • Daily dips in our indoor pool and use of our Aqua Track
  • Friday Camp Cook-Outs
  • Weekly Field Trips
  • Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for lunching or rocket launching, practicing a talent show act, playing soccer, or tye-dyeing
  • Fully air conditioned 25,000 square foot indoor facility, with gym, and indoor pool.
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Age specific ratios
  • Weekly YMCA memberships conveniently included in camp fee
  • 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
  • Convenient drop off location


  • 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


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: $100 YMCA Members / $80 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
  • Weekly: $125 YMCA Members / $100 CIT (includes Youth Membership)

Payments can be made in person at our Central or West Branch, online, or can be set up for automatic drafts on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. Financial assistance is available and DHS subsidy is accepted.


Preschool01We offer full day or half day licensed programs for children ages three to five years. 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. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.


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. 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 x 230) with questions.

Take our parent survey and give us feedback on interest in the Y providing a tuition-based, full day kindergarten.

Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm

*Fall 2016 Preschool Early Bird Registration starts Feb. 1, 2016*

Sept. 1st cut off | $50 Registration Fee

Snack will be provided

  • Tuesday / Thursday ($115 Members / $135 Non-Member per month)
    9-11:30am OR 12:15-2:45pm

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K - Investigators
Snack will be provided

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday ($160 Members / $180 Non-Members  per month)
    9-11:30am OR 12:15-2:45pm

A YMCA Youth Membership is included in all of our Preschool pricing 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 gymnastic center.

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

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

“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." - The Saccos


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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