play-kids-coloringMany people do not realize that, as a whole, the YMCA is the largest provider of child care in the United States. We believe that the quality of child care cannot be undervalued and thus every YMCA program is grounded in our character development traits of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.

Activities in our curriculum include health and wellness, arts and humanities, science and technology and service learning projects. Each of the YMCA Child Care programs are designed with age appropriate activities created to help your child grow and develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Kids Zone is back!

The YMCA offers Kids Zone (formerly Child Watch) to supervise children for free to members with household memberships while parents exercise. More information about the new Kids Zone is available by clicking here.

The guest fee is $10 per child per visit.

Kids Zone, Jr.


6 weeks to 5 years


Monday-Thursday: 8:00-11:00am and 5:00-8:00pm
Friday: 8:00-11:00am
Saturday: 8:00-11:00am

Time limit: 2.5 hours

Safety Guidelines

  • Mask requirements (all children 5 years and older are required to wear a mask (if your child requires an exemption to the mask requirement, please notify Kids Zone Staff)
  • Handwashing
  • Continuous Cleaning
  • Staff will check children in and out to limit contact with high touch areas
  • No drinks will be allowed ~ staff will provide water for children as needed
  • No unnecessary outside items may be brought into the Kids Zone play areas (Parents are asked to place bottles, diapers and wipes in a clear zip lock bag labeled with their child’s name)
  • Children using Kids Zone Jr. (ages 6 weeks- 5 years) will be required to remove their shoes before entering the play area. Socks will be required. This does not apply to children using Kids Zone (ages 5-11 years)


Sherry Corson at 336 251 1090 or

Kids Zone


5-11 years


Monday-Thursday: 5:00-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00-11:00am

Time limit: 2.5 hours


Sherry Corson
Phone: (336) 251-1090

Summer Exploration Academy (Day Camp)

Great summers start at the Y! There’s never a dull moment during Summer Exploration Academy/Day Camp at the Y! Summer is a time for fun, but it’s also the perfect time for personal exploration through fun and exciting activities that engages both the mind and body! In addition to traditional summer activities, summers at the Y for 2021 will include time every day for reading, character development, STEM education, and college and career prep for teens. Summer Exploration Academy/Day Camp at the Y also include an hour of physical activity every day to help combat childhood obesity. Enroll now so your child or teen can spend time enjoying summer while expanding his or her personal development!

Summer Camp sessions are full, thanks for a great summer!

Click here for more information!

After School Academy

After School Academy is a safe and fun option for parents in need of care for their children. We include active learning, physical activity, homework support, fitness and health education, healthy snacks, games, character development, and more! We are running After School Academy from 1:20-6:00pm every day. We have 3 day and 5 day options for after school, and all snow days and early release days are FREE!

K-5 Brochure
Teen Brochure

Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Spanish Registration Form

Inclement Weather Information

For more information, please contact the Y at 336 985 9622.

Financial Assistance is available through our Open Doors program.

Schools Served

King Elementary School – click here to register!
152 E. School Street
King, NC 27021

Mt. Olive Elementary School – click here to register!
2145 Chestnut Grove Road
King, NC 27021

Poplar Springs Elementary School – click here to register!
223 Hobe Kiser Road
King, NC 27021

Walnut Cove Elementary School – click here to register!
1211 Walnut Cove School Road
Walnut Cove, NC 27052

YMCA Out Of School Day Child Care/Remote Learning Days

On Out of School Days (OSD), we offer all-day child care, from 7:00am to 6:00pm. (Consult the Parent Handbook for holidays during which we do not provide care.) We divide children into groups by grade level and do a variety of activities throughout the day. Click here to register for Out of School Child Care.

Preschool Enrichment Academy

Our Preschool Enrichment Academy provides a safe and loving environment for 18 months through pre-kindergarten age children. We want to encourage and develop each child’s academic, social, and physical development growth. Our primary goal for your child will be to enjoy a curriculum-based program that also includes a fitness component, arts and crafts, creative play, music and story time, and a snack.


Monthly sessions
9am- 12pm Monday- Friday
Program runs during the school year and will operate on the same schedule as Stokes County Schools.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, Preschool Enrichment Academy will not run in 2020-2021, see you in the fall of 2021.

Contact Ammanda Crouch for more information at

Special Programs

Wise Start

Wise Start is a Smart Start grant funded program designed for the preschool aged population. Wise Start offers physical and nutritional activities to child care centers throughout Stokes Co. These activities encourage preschool children and subsequently their families to adopt healthier lifestyle options.

Wise Start is not just focusing on the health benefits it has to offer, but a big part of this program focuses on teacher / child interaction. We want to see teachers more engaged with the children. By doing so, this gives our preschoolers a wonderful learning environment, with warm, inviting, caring teachers. We want to see all childcare facilities in Stokes Co strive to be a 4 star center or higher. Wise Start encourages teachers and caregivers to give the highest quality of childcare possible.

These children are our future and deserve the best. Let’s work together to help them receive a “Wise Start” in life.

Ask your child’s caregiver about Wise Start today!


Contact Millie Lambe at or 336.985.9622


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