Child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
For more information on Child Care programs, please contact Matt Taranto.
Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years
A safe and fun YMCA staff supervised area where parents with a Family Membership can leave their children to play and enjoy activities while they participate in programs on-site.
Cost: Two free hours per day with family membership
Days & Times:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – noon and 4:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – noon and 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon and
Sunday: 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Kids’ Club Deep Sea Discovery
Ages: 5-11 years
Check your Kids’ Club kids in at ChildWatch Deep Sea Discovery and our Kids’ Club Deep Sea Crew will entertain them with games and activities in the facility and on the playground. All ChildWatch policies and guidelines apply.
Cost: Two free hours per day with a family membership
Days & Times:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (only during summer and non-school days for Richland Two schools); 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (only during summer and non-school days for Richland Two schools); 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon
Sunday: 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Y-Club Afterschool Program
The Y-Club Afterschool Program is a fun place to be with lots of positive staff interaction and learning opportunities. We provide a healthy afterschool snack, physical fitness time, homework help and a wide variety of other activities, including STEM and time to socialize with friends or play games.
Hours: School dismissal – 6 p.m.
Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade
$50 members/$65 non-members
When there is a half day at school, we will still hold afterschool and pick up the children from school when they are dismissed. On School in-service days and student holidays we will hold All Day Outs and each participants must be registered by the Friday before to attend. Holiday breaks (Winter Break and Spring Break) are also registered and paid for separately.
Transportation is provided from:
- Bethel Handberry Elementary
- Bookman Road Elementary
- Bridge Creek Elementary
- Catawba Trail Elementary
- Center for Achievement Elementary
- Kelly Mill Middle
- Lake Carolina Primary
- Lake Carolina Secondary
- Langford Elementary
- North Springs Elementary
- Pontiac Elementary
- Rice Creek Elementary
- Sandlapper Elementary
- Round Top Elementary
Download: In-House Registration Form
Wee Wonders Preschool Program
Ages: 2 – 4 years
We carefully design every activity with our Wee Wonders Preschool Program to expand their imaginations and encourage lifelong, positive values. We offer half-day programs from the Y-Preschool Curriculum, fostering the development of the whole child and include activities that are well balanced with recreational, educational, character development and enrichment activities. Program runs with the Richland Two School District Calendar including all Holiday and In-service Days. You will be asked to provide snack for the class at least once a month (you will receive a calendar with the dates).
For more information contact Matt Taranto.
Preschool 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Example of a daily schedule:
8:45-9: Drop-off/ free time
9-9:30: Circle time
9:30-10:15: Lesson plan time, worksheets, etc.
10:15-10:30: Bathroom break
10:30-11:15: Hands-on activities
11:15-11:45: Snack time
11:45- 12: Bathroom break
12-12:45: Unstructured play time (playground or class room stations)
This program focuses on small motor skills, independent play and shapes, colors, and letters. Twice a month they will attend a kids exercise class to help improve their motor skills.
Age: 2 years old (must be 2 by September 1)
Days: Two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Members: $115 /month
Non-members: $165 / month
This program focuses on further developing small motor skills, independent play and shapes, colors, and letters. Twice a month they will attend a kids’ exercise class to help improve their motor skills and they will also go swimming twice a month.
Age: 3 years old (must be 3 by September 1)
Days: Three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Members: $170 / month
Non-members: $205 / month
Age: 4 years old (must be 4 by September 1)
This program focuses on socialization, Kindergarten readiness, independent letter recognition, popcorn (sight) words, counting, and everything they will need to be ready for Kindergarten. Twice a month they will attend a kids exercise class to help improve their motor skills, as well as go swimming twice a month.
Days: Monday through Friday
Members: $240 / month
Non-members: $280 / month
Registration opens May 1, 2020
All Day Outs
Ages: K-8th grade
No school means a day of fun at the Y! Children will have time to enjoy activities such as swimming, active games, crafts and dancing. Drop off starts at 7 a.m. and pick-up by 6:15 p.m.
We must have a minimum of 10 participants enrolled by the Friday before to operate an All Day Out. Registration is due the Friday prior. This program is free for after-school participates. Contact Member Services to learn more about our after-school program.
Cost: $15 for members/$25 for non-members per day
Parent’s Night Out
Age: 6 weeks to 12 years old
Your child will enjoy a night of games, music, crafts, swimming, and more. The Y will provide 4-hours of supervised fun and activities along with dinner (cheese pizza). Check-in at Learning Lagoon at drop-off. Pick-up will take place at the playground gate. Please ensure that you pack any items that child may need during this timeframe (bottles, diapers, wipes, swim suit, towel, etc.)
We must have a minimum of 10 participants enrolled by the Friday before to hold a Parent’s Night Out.
Times: 6 – 10 p.m.
Upcoming Dates (2020):
Cost: $15 YMCA members / $25 non-members
(late registration fee of $5 beginning the Wednesday before event)
(late pick-up fee of $1 per minute for those picked up after 10 p.m.)
Parent’s Morning Out
Ages: 6 weeks – 4 years
Drop off your child at the at the Y and let our staff watch and entertain them while you run errands or just enjoy time to yourself. Please remember to pack diapers, wipes and anything your child will need during this time, including snacks.
Time: 9 a.m. – noon.
Upcoming Dates (2020):
(late registration fee of $5 beginning the Thursday before event)
(late pickup fee of $1 per minute for those picked up after noon)
Home School Swim & Gym
The YMCA Home School Swim and Gym program is a great way to work physical activity, healthy living, socialization and play into your homeschool curriculum. The goal of swim and gym classes for students is to have planned individual and cooperative physical activity and fitness assessments promoting the students’ optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development through a focus on swimming and sports.
Day/time: Meets on Wednesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
$45/YMCA members; $80/non-members
August 28 – October 16
October 23 – December 18
January 8 – February 26
March 4 – April 29
Spring Break Camp
Ages: 5 – 12
Cost: $120 for members/$160 for non-members per week
Let your child join the Y for Spring Break camp while school is out! Your child will participate in fun themed activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and games to keep them active and engaged during their time off. Please remember to pack a lunch, and two snacks for your camper as well as a refillable water bottle and swim gear. Sign up in-house or online today to reserve your spot!
Dates: April 13-17, 2020
Times: Drop off 7-9 am and pick-up 4:30-6 pm