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. Download a copy of our Child Care Guide for more information.
The Y's Early Learning Academy 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!
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.
Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Leland, Hinckley-Big Rock and Newark school districts. Newark, Plano, and Yorkville offer AM and PM care.
AM and PM care is offered in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Leland, Hinckley-Big Rock, and Newark grade schools. Somonauk grade school currently offers 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.
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 by March 17 to ensure a spot! Children should bring a nut-free lunch. A light breakfast and PM snack will be provided. Children should make sure to wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Stop by or call 630-552-4100 to register! Download a copy of our Spring Break Camp handout for more information.
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. Register your child today! DOWNLOAD THE 2016 FVFY SUMMER DAY CAMP GUIDE
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. So join us and make it THE BEST SUMMER EVER! Write your own adventure, build character, and make new friends along the way!
NEW! FOR 2017
- 2nd Location: Grand Reserve in Yorkville
- Group Text Messages to parents by our Camp Director
- Field Trips separated by age
- New Field Trips
- Community Garden at Central Branch
Y Camp Readers
Back again this summer, the Y is participating in an exciting ew 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!
What 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
- Camp Cook-Outs, STEM Activities, Huddle Groups, and more!
- Weekly Field Trips (Bulls/Sox Academy, Cyberspace Lazer Tag, Joliet Splash Station, and Silver Springs State Park...to name a few)
- Seventeen acres of outdoor space and a covered pavilion - for launching or 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
- 2 Convenient drop off locations
- Plus, Weekly YMCA memberships conveniently included in camp fee!
SCRAPBOOK: BEST SUMMER EVER 2016
what to bring to camp
- YMCA Day Camp t-shirt
- Change of clothes
- Backpack with name visible
- Swimsuit, towel and plastic bag for wet swimsuit/towel
- Water bottle with name visible
- 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
- Sandals and flip flops (allowed for pool/water park field trips only)
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: $100 YMCA Members / $80 CIT (includes Youth Membership)
- Weekly: $130 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.
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.
Camp is located at our Central Branch in Plano and Grande Reserve in Yorkville. 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.
We 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.
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.
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm
HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3'sSnack will be provided
- Tuesday / Thursday
HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Snack will be provided
- Monday / Wednesday / Friday
9-11:30am OR 12:15-2:45pm
NEW! Monday thru Friday
A 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 gymnastic 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, Hinckley-Big Rock, and Newark School Districts.
Ms. Tes is our Early Learning Academy cook and has been preparing each and every breakfast, snack and lunch for our kids since she joined our team in March 2013. There are no canned veggies in her kitchen and her famous, Fresh Pasta Salad is a favorite in all our classrooms (and among the staff;). A few other favorites to come from Tes' kitchen are Chicken and Rice Casserole, Yogurt Parfait with fresh fruit and granola, and everyone's favorite...Ground Beef Tacos. According to Tes, one of the highlights of her job is all the hugs she receives from our ELA kids.
The Early Learning Academy is a nut-free facility and food substitutions are made for any child with food allergies and all meals are approved by a registered dietician and meet USDA guidelines.
What 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."