Child Care

 

Child Care Enrollment Hours 
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Once enrollment is completed, payments may be taken in the main building or in the Preschool building

General Information

For generations, the YMCA has been known for its commitment to family life. YMCA programs and services have grown and adapted to the changing needs of families. Today, more and more parents are looking for quality, affordable child care they can depend on.. Read more...

Preschool

This program is two-fold in purpose; first to provide child care while adults in the home are working, and second to provide an environment for learning. It is the goal of the director and staff that by the time your child leaves Preschool, he/she will have all the necessary skills to begin kindergarten. Read more...

Day Camp/School Age

YMCA After School Care is designed to promote the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and recreational needs of school-age students. Weekly activities may include arts/crafts, outdoor group games, sports, homework time, music/songs, recreational swimming, indoor group work, field trip, snack and more. Students attending PUSD schools are transported by bus to the YAS Building where staff meet them upon arrival.. Read more...

Child Watch

This YMCA Member benefit is designed to provide a safe place for children to play while their parents are working out at the Y. All participants must have a current YMCA Membership and are asked to observe our two hour time limit. Parents must remain on the YMCA premises at all times. Read more...

I Am Thankful For Y Childcare....

I am so grateful for everything the YMCA has provided for both, my four and five-year-old daughters. The YMCA truly has been a second home for them, helping them learn, grow and prepare them for school. The values and structure the YMCA provided for them has made such a world of a difference in how they learn and interact with others. The YMCA staff has literally bent over backwards for their students and they have become amazing role models for my daughters. My youngest was so scared to go to school, but the teachers went out of their way to make her feel comfortable and now she loves to go to school! I really don’t know where we would have been without the amazing teachers and office staff, who have become more like family. My girls were able to attend the YMCA during the COVID outbreak and I don’t know what I would have done if they couldn’t have. When no one else was there to help, the YMCA was still there to reach out a helping hand. Now that my daughter’s kindergarten class has opened up for hybrid, she cries because she would rather go to the YMCA. Also, the time frames the YMCA provides is a lifesaver!!! They actually provide childcare for parents who have a job, instead of impossible hours for the working parent! Thank you for the amazing tuition and the opportunity for scholarships! I could never thank you enough! Thank you for providing my daughters with such a bright future and instilling the love for school in them! Alli H.

 

My daughter is 4 years old and has attended YMCA preschool the past year and half. Having the YMCA for my child to attend had been a life saver especially being a healthcare worker during these COVID times. During the state shut down she attended preschool Monday thru Friday. She loves going to preschool and the teachers and her friends make her day special everyday. Peighton W.

 

We are parents of 2 young children, 7-year-old daughter and 4 year-old son.  My husband and I both work full time.  I do not know what we would have done without the YMCA thru these times.  The Y allowed us to drop off our kids with complete peace of mind.   They went over and above to make sure that our kids were in a clean safe environment.  They set up an amazing distance learning center and did their very best to help our kids with their zoom meetings and daily schoolwork while having fun!  I feel like the semi classroom environment allowed for them to have more focus than when they were at home.  I will be forever grateful to the YMCA and their AMAZING loving, kind, and caring staff.  Thank you for your help, and your kindness, thank you for putting yourselves out there for our kids and for us parents who really needed you guys, and most of all thank you for allowing our kids to have normality in this not so normal world right now. Sincerely, Jessica H.

 

My daughters attended the YMCA childcare from the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown. The YMCA has been a lifesaver. I truly appreciate all the staff who has stepped up to make sure our kids are staying healthy, safe and continuing to learn during COVID-19. Education is looking very different now but the hard work and care from the staff of the YMCA has really made a difference in our lives. Staff has gone well above and beyond to make sure that all the kids are being taken care of during this incredibly emotional and hard time. The work that you all do matters and will always be remembered. Karina R.

 

The YMCA has been an amazing asset to our lives. Our family owns a small business. My husband is a first responder, and I don’t think we would have made it during the shutdowns this year without the Y.
Our little guy has a lot of emotional trauma and behavioral issues. This school is amazing at communicating with us so that we can stay on top of his needs. They never disappoint and he always comes home tired after a long day of playing with his friends. We are really grateful to the Y and know every day when we drop our mini off he is safe and well looked after. Preschool Parents and Foster Parents

 

The YMCA has been a tremendous help for our family this year. I cannot say enough great things about them. The fact that they had Emergency childcare during the outbreak of Covid–19 (and through all this year have accommodated the schedules of parents that had to work) was Amazing and a lifesaver.     The staff has always been so helpful and caring. This year they all went above and beyond with so many challenges for communities. The staff helped the kids with online learning and when hybrid learning started, the staff in the classrooms at the Y helped the students with all of their work. I am SO THANKFUL for the YMCA and everyone in the Child Care Division. They all deserve special recognition. Without the help of the YMCA this year, this family would have had some serious challenges. Thank you so much!!!!! Cheryl M.

 

I gained custody of my granddaughter a little over 2 years ago when she was 7. Since then, I have relied on the Prescott YMCA for childcare. She has attended summer camps, days off from school and afterschool care while I work. When 2020 arrived, and with it Covid-19, I was furloughed from my work for about 3 ½ weeks. During this time, the Y closed. I received a call from the Childcare Director informing me that they would be open for emergency childcare for essential workers on a limited basis. Since I was furloughed, I had no need for childcare at that time. When I got the call that we were returning to work, I was very excited. But soon after, panic started to set in.  I wasn’t sure there would be an opening for my granddaughter. I called and they had a spot!! At first, I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure what protocols were in place to keep everyone safe from this virus. When we arrived at the Y the first day back, hand sanitizer was outside for everyone to use and social distancing was encouraged. I signed her in and pressed the buzzer at the door. Before she was allowed inside, her temperature was taken and then she was permitted to enter. I have never seen such an amazing group of people, from the director down to the staff. The Prescott YMCA has been a lifesaver to me and my family and I am grateful for them each and every day. Helena E.

 

I just wanted to give a big shout out to the Prescott YMCA team for the outstanding job they have done, not only through this COVID pandemic but for the past 7 years we have been members of the Prescott YMCA.  As an essential worker here at the VA Hospital I was able to rest assured that  I could rely on Stephanie and Rachelle and the others to ensure my grandson was able to have a safe place to go,  not only to get his homework done but to be with his “other family” there at the YMCA when we were unable to stay home. They answered my every email timely with concerns I may have had. They went above and beyond to make room for the children to get their homework done, and that they were fed and had all they needed to get through each and every week. Let me add, that in 2014, I had no idea where to go for daycare for my grandson. The YMCA was recommended by my DES caseworker telling me what a great job they do there, and we were not disappointed. Miss Rachelle S. embraced my grandson (3 ½ years old at the time) with open arms during uncertain times for us.  Her nurturing ways continue to this day, demonstrating her commitment, love, and compassion to the Prescott community children. It is my undying pleasure to recognize and thank Miss Rachelle and Miss Stephanie for all they do on a daily basis, not only for my family but for the Prescott community as a whole.  I truly would not know what we would have done without them. God Bless our Prescott YMCA. Cherie and Layne O.

 

Where to begin?!?!?!  My daughter age 6 now, started going to the YMCA Childcare during the emergency childcare time for healthcare workers in May 2020.  There had been so many changes during that time for everybody but I worried about the amount of constant changes for her.  I went ahead and signed her up and she was able to start the next week.  I cannot say enough good things about YMCA Childcare!  Not only are they lifesavers (so we can work) but the love and care they put into all the kids is heartwarming and amazing.  They are truly invested in each child.  Personally, I have seen the staff take the time and energy to find what makes my daughter "tick" and how best to work with her.....I was not expecting that.  They have gone above and beyond to help the Prescott School District with hybrid schooling during COVID and all the constant changes that has come with it (extra helpers, increased Wi-Fi needs, organization with multiple grades, A LOT of extra communication, etc.).  From my perspective, they have excelled in handling that daunting challenge....and all with a smile!  As a parent, I was so worried about her taking the bus there after school once it starts and "what if" she doesn't get off the bus, she gets off the wrong bus, etc.  Not to worry, the staff there is SO amazing and call me if needed!  They even notified me that she had arrived safely there on her first day of going to Abia Judd!  I was so relieved.  They are just the best!  She has LOVED going to YMCA!  The crafts, swimming, gymnastics, positive learning atmosphere, has been the best "change" for her this year.  I am sooooooo glad she is there!!  One day she asked me, "mom, why are you and dad not members of the YMCA?"  I told her because it has been closed on and off and we are going to wait for it to reopen before we sign up.  She said, "I think you guys should become members so you can have as much fun as me."  Priceless. Laurie M. 

 

I am a single mother with sole custody of two children. My mother is the only family connection in the area, and we moved here to be with her a few years ago. As a single parent of young children, it has been hard to manage work and childcare. When my youngest child entered elementary school, I was able to begin moving up in the work force to provide a better life for my kids. Things have been progressing but when Covid hit, I was very concerned about what it would mean for my family. Fortunately, my company did not close or limit business, but the school closures had a profound impact on my children’s ability to be in a safe place and complete their online classes. My mother helped the best she could but was unable to help the children with learning and unable to mentally manage the 2-5 days a week. When the YMCA notified us that they would be providing emergency childcare, I felt such relief. I was not able to stay home (while also paying the bills) with them so that they would have the help they needed for school, but the YMCA provided a safe and healthy place for my children to be during the day so that I could continue working uninterrupted. Even now, with the hybrid teaching schedule and the newly changing class times, the YMCA has been able to keep the kids safe while allowing them to get online for distance learning classes and assignments. I don’t think that I would have been able to keep working during Covid if the YMCA hadn’t been able to stay open for us in our time of need. Thank you guys!! A Thankful Childcare Parent

 

What YMCA childcare meant to my family:
The YMCA saved my family from extreme stress during the time of COVID 19. I am a nurse and had to work long, strange hours and my husband owns his own business. We lost a lot of revenue when COVID initially started up because he had to stay home to be with our 8yo daughter. Tensions ran very high in my household because the two were not used to spending day after day together, not to mention the fact that they have personalities that are like two peas in a pod. Usually, when they are together too long, they start to fuss at each other, and I am the buffer because I am different. When we learned that the YMCA was open during COVID it was a Godsend. It allowed my daughter to go into a normal routine and my husband to go back to work. While still stressful, the Y staff did A LOT to keep the children in a routine. Once online schooling started, that consistency allowed my daughter to deal with the massive changes of doing online schooling. When she struggled with the online teaching, if a concern was ever raised to the staff, they listened to the concern and were extremely collaborative to come up with a solution. Because the YMCA has so many awesome extra programs, my daughter was able to do gymnastics and swimming which she loves during a time when others were restricted. I will always be grateful to the YMCA for being there for my family during these unprecedented times. Very Respectfully, Roxanne C.

 

I am a single mother with sole custody of two children. My mother is the only family connection in the area, and we moved here to be with her a few years ago. As a single parent of young children, it has been hard to manage work and childcare. When my youngest child entered elementary school, I was able to begin moving up in the work force to provide a better life for my kids. Things have been progressing but when Covid hit, I was very concerned about what it would mean for my family. Fortunately, my company did not close or limit business, but the school closures had a profound impact on my children’s ability to be in a safe place and complete their online classes. My mother helped the best she could but was unable to help the children with learning and unable to mentally manage the 2-5 days a week. When the YMCA notified us that they would be providing emergency childcare, I felt such relief. I was not able to stay home (while also paying the bills) with them so that they would have the help they needed for school, but the YMCA provided a safe and healthy place for my children to be during the day so that I could continue working uninterrupted. Even now, with the hybrid teaching schedule and the newly changing class times, the YMCA has been able to keep the kids safe while allowing them to get online for distance learning classes and assignments. I don’t think that I would have been able to keep working during Covid if the YMCA hadn’t been able to stay open for us in our time of need. Thank you guys!! A Thankful Childcare Parent

 

The YMCA preschool has been so amazing through the pandemic when I had to go back to work.  I was so panicked she was not going have a spot in the essential workers program. We only waited a week and I got a call they had found a spot for my girl. Stephanie (especially) was so amazing through the whole process and made the transition on my daughter getting back to school so comfortable and safe. All the staff and teachers have made this process so easy and safe on our whole family. So thankful for the caring staff at the YMCA!! Thank you again YMCA. Becca

 

We, as Prescott parents are so grateful to the YMCA, especially during this global pandemic. The Y helped us with critical childcare so we could return to our jobs and continue to support our life, welfare, and happiness. Their attention to health as they screened each and every child before allowing them in their buildings has been stellar. They have never missed a beat with their attention to detail in keeping our children safe and healthy. Thank you Prescott YMCA…you have been heroes to us!! Anonymously grateful.

 

If someone were to ask me what the YMCA and STAFF especially the Childcare mean to my family... Without them I wouldn't be able to work and provide for my children!!  The amazing care that my children receive here gives me a sense of relief throughout my day.  I work in healthcare and during these strange times, things couldn't be more difficult but the YMCA does it with such confidence and poise that I could never express how grateful WE are to have this place and staff to call our second home and second family. The staff here really care about my children and it shows every day! Sincerely, Shelly N.

 

I currently have a 4 year-old child that goes to the YMCA Preschool 3 days a week and want you to know what the YMCA means to me. I have been using the YMCA Preschool and the afterschool program off and on for over 15 years with all 4 of my daughters. I am always very happy with the structure of the programs, activities, and of course the cleanliness of the facility. The staff is very involved with the children which makes my children feel safe and comfortable to spend their days away from home there. I feel comfortable with the safety protocols they use for a range of different things such as child pick up/drop off, illnesses, accidents etc. The staff is very good at communicating with parents regarding their children. I would highly recommend the YMCA to others in a heartbeat. My children and I have been very blessed to have the YMCA as part of their growth. Sincerely, Tara Y.