With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. That's why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It's about nurturing their development, by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy & trusting relationships and building self-reliance through the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Your child will learn, grow and thrive while being cared for at one of the Y's three Early Learning Centers. Children are encouraged to learn new skills and freely express themselves while exploring their environment. Our dedicated teachers are partners with parents and other caregivers, working together to fully support your child’s individual needs.
Your infant will have all their individual needs met while forming positive relationships with our caring staff. These positive relationships will help your child learn to trust others and themselves. Daily routines include sensory stimulation, self-discovery, exploration through play, active play and a flexible nap schedule.
Your toddler will be provided with a consistent, positive and active environment while meeting individual needs from our nurturing staff. Our program is based on the knowledge that young children are active learners, involved in a process that uses all their senses as they work, talk, and play with materials and people. Daily routines include guided self-expression, exploration through center-based play (music and movement, art, dramatic play, manipulative discovery and sensory play), active play and story time.
Your child will learn that getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are a natural part of playing games or learning a new craft. Your child will gain the necessary skills needed to prepare him or her for a successful entry into school. Our Preschool builds on children’s natural desire to learn new things and become more self reliant while building positive relationships with caring adults. Daily routines include center-based learning (creative arts, early literacy, math/science exploration and sensory play) in addition to small and large group activities such as swim lessons, cooking and story time, weekly gym classes, splash party and music.
SCHOOL AGED CARE (For grades K-4 at the Rockland Harbor YMCA)
Your child will have the chance to express their talents creatively and physically, while taking advantage of all the Y has to offer. Our before and afterschool program provides a caring environment to challenge children, while allowing youth to feel ownership of the program. Weekly routines include arts and crafts, active play, quiet time and a safe transition to school.
KIDS CLUB (For grades K-4 at the Penobscot Bay YMCA)
Your child will have a safe and fun place to play from the end of the school day until 5:30 PM. Weekly routine includes nutritional snacks, arts and crafts, swimming, rock climbing, outdoor games, field trips, cooking, games and themed projects. Time will be set aside for reading or homework.
FAMILY CHILD WATCH (Available at both the Penobscot Bay YMCA & Rockland Harbor YMCA)
Children have the opportunity to interact with peers while parents/guardians are utilizing the Y. Child Watch is designed to provide short durations of supervised care while parents are in the facility.
VACATION CAMP (For grades K-4 - Available at the Penobscot Bay YMCA and the Rockland Harbor YMCA's Community Center)
Your child will get to participate in great camp activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, science projects, local field trips as well as great seasonal adventures.