Child Care

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 Lindsay Olson.


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.teen-boy-sitting
Hours: School dismissal – 6 p.m.
Ages: Kindergarten – 8th grade
Weekly Cost:
$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 Lindsay Olson.

In-house registration form

Preschool 8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

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)

Doodle Bugs

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

Busy Bees

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

Book Worms

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


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.

2020 Dates:
January 17
January 20
February 17
March 13
April 10

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):
January 10
January 25
February 14
February 29
March 28
April 25
May 8
May 23

Cost: $15 YMCA members / $25 non-members
(late registration fee of $5 beginning the Thursday 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):
January 16
February 20
March 19
April 16
May 14

Members: $15
Non-members: $25

(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.

Ages: 5-14

Day/time: Meets on Wednesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.

$45/YMCA members; $80/non-members

Upcoming Sessions:
August 28 – October 16
October 23 – December 18
January 8 – February 26
March 4 – April 29

For more information, contact Jack Miller. Download an in-house registration form here.


Winter Break Camp

Ages: 5 – 12

Cost: $120 for members/$160 for non-members per week

Let your child join the Y for Winter 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: December 23 – January 3 (No care on December 24, 25, 31 or January 1)

Times: Drop off 7-9 am and pick-up 4:30-6 pm