Many 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.

Childcare Contact

Kim Dalton

Associate Director of Youth Development
Phone: 336-838-3991 ext. 6666

Kids Zone (formerly Child Watch) is back!

The YMCA offers Kids Zone 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-Friday: 8:00am-1:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 5:00-8:00pm
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


5-12 years


Monday-Friday: 8:00am-1:00pm*
Monday-Thursday: 5:00-8:00pm
Saturday 8:00-11:00am
*Weekday AM hours offered when Wilkes County schools are out for the summer and out of school days

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 care is part of the YMCA’s history of dedication to youth development. It’s 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!

After School Access Academy

We operate 5 days of after school every week, and all snow days and early release days are FREE! Out of school days or remote learning days are $35 for Members and $45 for Potential Members.

Our Access Academy is served at no cost to families.


Inclement Weather Information

Financial Assistance is available through our Open Doors program

All out of school days and inclement weather days will be held at the YMCA. For more information, contact Kim Dalton at (336) 838-3991 ext. 6666 or

After School Access Academy Sites

Our After School Access sites are located at CC Wright, Mountain View, Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro Elementary Schools and Central Middle School.

YMCA Out Of School Day Child Care

On Out of School Days (OSD), we offer all-day child care, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Out of school days or remote learning days are $35 for Members and $45 for Potential Members.(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.


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