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.

Ages 3-5 | 9am-12:00pm | $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!

June 3–7  |  Superhero Training
Boom! Pow! Wham! Join us for some superhero fun as we practice our skills like jumping, hopping, aiming and balancing through games and activities that will keep your preschooler moving and laughing. Field Trip- YMCA Gymnastics Program

June 10-14  |  All About Pets
Does your little camper love animals? Come join us as we learn about our favorite pets...from dogs and cats, bunnies and birds and even some scaly friends. Field Trip – The Secret Life of Pets 2

June 17–21  |  Messy Masterpieces
Do you have a budding artist? Join us as we explore the wonderful world of art and create our very own masterpieces. Campers will need to bring a plain, white t-shirt for our tie-dyeing project.

June 24–28  |  Animal Planet
Campers will go wild with fun-filled activities and crafts as we learn about a variety of animals from around the world and their habitats. Field Trip – Phillips Park Zoo

July 8–12  |  Little Chefs
Calling all tiny chefs! Campers will explore their culinary curiosities in a fun, safe environment. Your child will enjoy learning about the basics of cooking and kitchen safety while making some delicious treats. Field Trip- TBD

July 15–19  |  The Great Outdoors
Looking for an adventure in the great outdoors? Join us as we explore nature, build an indoor tent, make s’mores and go on a bear hunt. Field Trip- Peck Farm/Hickory Knolls Discovery Center (if rain)

July 22–26  |  Water Wonders
Let’s make a splash! Our campers will have fun learning all about water through games, crafts and water-themed activities. Field Trip – Prairie Point Splash Pad

July 29–August 2  |  Crazy Concoctions
Does your little scientist enjoy learning about science? We will be using everyday ingredients to concoct bubbles, slime, play dough and more. Get ready for some cool science and some messy fun!

August 5–9  |  Pirates and Mermaids Arrgh, matey!
Climb aboard our ship as we set sail for some high sea adventures. Walking the plank and going on a hunt for pirate treasure are just some of the fun activities planned for your little pirate or mermaid. Field Trip- Swim Day at YMCA Pool

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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. 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 cooling off with a ride down the giant slip-n-slide!

Our summer day camp also offers enrichment programs in gymnastics, dance, music, theatre 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!


WHAT's new this year?

  • Kindergarten Camp for children entering Kindergarten in the fall!
  • Weekly Fitness Classes led by a Y Fitness Instructor
  • Weekly visits to our Gymnastics Facility with Gymnastics Instructors
  • Bi-weekly Karate sessions with Dojo Dynamics
  • Newly dedicated Arts & Crafts space
  • New outdoor Basketball Hoop and Human Foosball Station
  • New field trips:  SciTech, Enchanted Castle, Karaoke, Izzy Jumpers, Pottawatomi and petting zoo with pony rides
  • 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. The express pickup phone number will be provided upon registration.
  • Kindness pays off this summer with staff and members rewarding outstanding citizenship of campers. 


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 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 while supplies last
  • Age-specific ratios
  • YMCA day camps are tax deductible and qualify for flexible spending
  • Plus, YMCA Summer children's membership included in camp rates! 


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 a 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

Kindergarten Camp  |  Tuesday, May 14  |  6:30pm *kindergarten camp is held at Central Branch only
Central Camp  |  Tuesday, May 28  |  6:30pm
West Camp  |  Wednesday, May 29  |  6:30pm
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: Children entering Kindergarten

1: Children entering 1st grade

2: Children entering 2nd grade

3: Children entering 3rd grade

4: Children entering 4th grade

5-6: Children entering 5th & 6th grade

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


DAY CAMP RATES

There is a one-time $40 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.


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.


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!

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 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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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.

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.

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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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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."

 

Have something to add? Email Academy Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we'd love to hear from you!

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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

New this year. 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

S.A.F.E. 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 prior to July 31, 2019, the first draft on August 15th will include a $40 registration fee along with a two-week payment. For students registered August 1, 2019, and later, a $50 registration fee and the two-week payment for August will be due upon registration. All bank drafts for the remainder of the year will begin September 1, 2019. 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.


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

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