Peace of Mind
Child care at the Y is more than a place to play. Our goal is to promote your child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual development while meeting the needs of your entire family. Our caregivers operate using the Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. For the times you can’t be there yourself, our experienced staff provides safe, affordable, high-quality, developmentally appropriate care so you can have peace of mind.
Programs for your Family
We Believe in Core Values
YMCA Child Care provides more than just a place to play. We provide experiences to help entire family units cope, grow, communicate and care for each other. We maintain and strengthen what starts at home, giving all kinds of families the support they need to succeed.
Our goal is to promote children’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual development while meeting the needs of families. We believe in the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility. We promote these values among staff and encourage teachers to plan developmentally appropriate activities that reflect these core values.
For the times you can’t be there yourself, the YMCA supports your efforts to nurture the healthy growth of your child. It provides safe, affordable, high-quality care so you can have peace of mind while you work to help your family succeed.
Our use of primary care givers for infants encourages open communication between the care giver & the parent and helps bridge the gap between home & the center. Our infant to staff ratio is 4:1.
In an age-appropriate environment, experienced staff provide developmentally appropriate programs for each individual age group. Our curriculum is based on the interests and needs of the children and promotes emotional, social, physical and cognitive development.
The Learning Community at Choate Rosemary Hall
The Learning Community offers quality child care Monday-Friday from 7:00AM-6:00PM.
- Family Nights at the YMCA
- Swim lessons for Pre-K students
For more information about the Learning Community, please contact Emily Walter (Director of Childcare Services) at 203.697.2150.
School Age Growth & Enrichment (SAGE)
School Age Growth & Enrichment (SAGE) is located in all 8 elementary schools. Our hours of operation are from 6:45AM until the start of school and from dismissal until 6:00PM. We are a state licensed facility, with caring staff to provide a safe and fun environment for children of working parents or anyone who requires such care. No one is turned away for inability to pay; we accept Care for Kids and provide financial aid.
We stress a healthy spirit, mind and body. To help achieve this, we offer healthy snacks in both the morning and afternoon. Homework time is held every afternoon, with staff always present and ready to offer assistance. We utilize either the gym or playground daily to help keep the children active. Board games, tabletop activities and craft projects are also a daily part of the program. The children also participate in monthly community service projects. The YMCA’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are some of the important things that make us different from other child care facilities.
Enrichment & Leadership for Middle School (ELMS)
Enrichment & Leadership for Middle School (ELMS) is a licensed after school program running from the end of school until 6:00PM. Teens are bused to the YMCA/Rotary Teen Center from both middle schools at the close of school. Daily, students may participate in sports activities at Doolittle Park, YMCA fitness classes, and have full use of the YMCA/Rotary Teen Center. They are provided with a healthy snack and homework time during the afternoon. Community service, science and art projects highlight this program. The ELMS program will occasionally take field trips for bowling, go-karting and the movies, just to name a few. The children must complete a fund raising activity of their choosing in order to help subsidize the cost of this trip.
Register Today & Save Your Sick Days
Camp Ulbrich Y-Cation runs on days when the Wallingford Public Schools are closed for vacation and is open to all students in grades K-8.
From 6:45AM-6:00PM at our East Side branch, your child will enjoy a jam-packed day of swimming, active play, arts & crafts, group games and more, supervised by our camp staff and surrounded by friends. Who could ask for a better day off?
Storm Club runs from 7:00AM-6:00PM on days when the Wallingford Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Your child will enjoy a jam-packed day of swimming, active play, arts & crafts, group games and more, supervised by our caring staff and surrounded by friends. Storm Club is open to the public and available in Block Plans too!