Childcare

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.

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.

Ages

6 weeks to 5 years

Hours

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

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 5-12 years)

During Winston-Salem Forsyth County Out of school days, Kids Zone hours remain the same with the exception of holiday hours.

Contact

Sherry Corson at 336 251 1090 or s.corson@ymcanwnc.org

Kids Zone

Ages

5-12 years

Hours

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

Time limit: 2.5 hours

Contact

Sherry Corson
Phone: (336) 251-1090
Email: s.corson@ymcanwnc.org

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!

Click here for more information and to register online!


Before and After School Academy

Before and 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 have 3 day and 5 day options for after school, and all snow days and early release days are FREE! Click here for more information including a parent handbook, brochure and registration form.

Click here to register!

Parent Handbook
Registration Form
Spanish Registration Form
Informational Flyer

Inclement Weather Information

YMCA Out Of School Day/Remote Learning Day Child Care

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.

Financial Assistance is available through our Open Doors program

Schools Served By The William G. White, Jr.  Family YMCA

Brunson Elementary (Before and After School Academy – Held at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA)
Downtown School (After School Academy) K-2 held at Downtown School, 3-8 held at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA
Griffith Elementary (After School Academy)
Whitaker Elementary (After School Only Academy – Held at the William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA)

Questions

Contact Noah Adams – Youth Development at n.adams@ymcanwnc.org

Teen After School Academy

Grades: 6-8

The William G. White Jr., Family YMCA’s Middle School After School Academy is designed to help youth reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body. Youth in the program develop the skills they need to be a contributing member of the Winston-Salem community. Students participate in activities that reinforce core values such as caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith and give them the chance to make better decisions later in life. Youth are surrounded daily by caring role models who help them grow and learn. Additionally, the program adapts to the changing needs of the youth served and focuses on three elements: 1) homework assistance 2) physical fitness and 3) enrichment activities. Click here for more information including a parent handbook, brochure and registration form.

Daily Schedule Example

2:30 – 4 p.m: (Arrival to program and homework/snack time)
4 – 5 p.m: Team building/Fitness Challenges/Sports Clinics/Science Project activities
5 – 6 p.m: Departure and Free Play in the Gym/Youth Wellness Center

Schools Served

Hanes Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
Paisley Middle School
Steam Academy
Downtown School
Wiley Middle School

Dates for After School Academy

The After School Academy begins on the first day of school and will run until the last day of the school calendar year. Snow days are included with the after school program. During inclement weather days, care will be provided at the YMCA from 7:00am-6:00pm.

Questions

Please contact Rain Thoresen at r.thoresen@ymcanwnc.org

Financial Assistance

The YMCA turns no one away due to the inability to pay. If you would like more information, inquire about our Open Doors financial assistance program.

YMCA Out Of School Day Child Care

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.

Days the YMCA Does Not Offer Care

New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & day after, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Transportation to YMCA provided by the WSFCS. To set up transportation, please speak with your child’s school transportation specialist who will arrange transportation for your child to the YMCA.

*Exception: Wiley Middle School – YMCA counselor will meet your child at Wiley Middle School and walk across Hanes Park to YMCA. Students who go to Hanes and are dropped off at Brunson Express site will be met by a Y counselor and walked over to the Y.


Preschool Enrichment Academy

Our Preschool Enrichment Academy provides a safe and loving environment for 18 months through pre-kindergarten age children. Our goal is to encourage and develop each child’s academic, social and physical development and growth. Primary activities your child will enjoy include fitness and recreational swim (age appropriate) time, art and crafts activities, creative play, music and story time, sports themed activities and a healthy snack.  We will provide an amazing staff team that is energetic and caring to be with your pod!

Ages

18 months to 5 years old

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

For questions, please contact Ammanda Crouch at a.crouch@ymcanwnc.org.

Events

Parents Time Out and Parents Night Out

Not currently available

Programs

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