Child Care

Child Care

Please see Child Care details on page 4 in Fall Program Guide.
With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Please see the CAMPS page for Winter Break Camps for youth ages 5-12!

SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE (SACC)
With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth.  That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships, and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.   
We are committed to providing an environment that encourages your child’s growth by creating a program with plenty of opportunities to enhance children’s self-esteem, and that empowers children to extend their friendships with other children.
In order to address the individual mission of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph YMCA Family Center, the School Age Child Care Program will be committed to accomplishing the following goals:

  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment where each individual feels welcome and respected.                                                                           
  • Adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.                                          
  • Developing an appreciation for the importance of lifelong learning.   
  • Strengthen the quality of relationships children have with others.     
  • Develop an appreciation for himself/herself, family, school, community, country and other cultures.                                           
  • Develop and improve social skills: acceptance of others, cooperation, responsibility and avoidance of negative comments towards others.      
  • Have fun! 
     

Lakeshore- Program is held onsite at Roosevelt Elementary. Drop off in the morning is at the school. Hollywood and Stewart students are bused to their schools about 8:00 am by the Lakeshore bus system. The Lakeshore bus system drops off the Hollywood and Stewart students about 3:40 pm at Roosevelt.  Afternoon pick up will be at Roosevelt. Registration is $20 per family and is on a full time basis unless previously discussed with program director. Rates listed below are per month.

 Household MembershipCommunity
AM (6:45-8:15)$68$118
PM (3:25-6:00)$140$190
BOTH AM & PM$193$243

PLEASE NOTE: Semester pricing is just multiplied by the total months.

Lakshore Registration Form for 2017-2018 school year.
 

St. Joseph- In cooperation with St. Joseph School District, the YMCA Family Center offers this program at the YMCA to all students in Young 5's-5th grades. St. Joseph buses will pick up and drop off students at the YMCA. For more information call Daniel Ostyn, Program Director at 428-YMCA (9622).

Monday-Friday General Bus Schedule
Registration is $20 per family and is on a full time basis, unless previously discussed with program director.  Drop off for AM care is at the YMCA starting at 6:45.  The St. Joseph bus system will pick students up and take them to their school.  St. Joseph bus system will also drop off students at the Y after school.  Pick up will be at the Y anytime before 6:00 PM.  2015-16 School Year drop off times were: EP Clarke 4:05, Lincoln and Brown 4:35.  Rates listed below are per month.

E.P. CLARKEHousehold MembershipCommunity
AM (6:45-8:00)$68$118
PM (4:00-6:00)$120$170
BOTH AM & PM$173$223

 

BROWN/LINCOLNHousehold MembershipCommunity
AM (6:45-8:00)$68$118
PM 4:30-6:00)$95$145
BOTH AM & PM$148$198

PLEASE NOTE: Semester pricing is just multiplied by the total months.                                                               

St. Joseph Registration Form for 2017-2018 school year.


KIDS DAY OFF
This program is run in conjunction with the St. Joseph and Lakeshore school calendar. This program provides child care needs when schools have planned half or full days off.  See 'Spring Break Camp' for youth ages 5-12!

  • Be creative with planned crafts, coloring and drawing.
  • Build on our awesome Lego table.
  • Play foursquare, ping pong, foosball or pop-a-shot basketball in our active area.
  • Enjoy playing with your friends in our pool.
  • All children should bring a LUNCH, SWIMSUIT and TOWEL.
  • Pick up and drop off are at parents’ convenience.

LAKESHORE:
Lakeshore: On half days, the Y bus or van picks up students at Roosevelt and shuttles them back to the Y; (Hollywood and Stewart kids are bused to Roosevelt by the Lakeshore bus system).

Half Day-Picked up at Roosevelt at 12:00 pm by YMCA Staff. Parent Pick Up by 6:00 pm at Y, $25.00
Full Day-Drop Off Starting at 6:45 am at the Y. Parent Pick Up by 6:00 pm at the Y, $40.00

Jan 16 – NO SCHOOL
Jan 26 – ½  Day
Jan 27 – ½  Day
Feb 9 – ½  Day
Mar 3 – ½  Day
Mar 24  - ½  Day
Mar 31 – ½  Day
May 26 – ½  Day
       

ST. JOSEPH:
St. Joe:  On half days, students are dropped off at the Y by the St. Joseph School bus system.
Half Day-Bus Drop Off at Y. Parent Pick Up by 6:00 pm at Y, $25.00
Full Day-Drop Off Starting at 6:45 am at the Y. Parent Pick Up by 6:00 pm at the Y, $40.00

Jan 16 – NO SCHOOL
Jan 27 – ½ Day
Feb 24 – ½ Day
Mar 2 – ½ Day
Mar 3 – ½ Day
Mar 31- ½ Day
Apr 14 – ½ Day

ALL SCHOOLS:
On school days, when your child’s school has a planned day off that coincides with the Lakeshore and/or St. Joseph Public Schools schedule, you can drop off and pick up your child at the Y. Please visit the Lakeshore & St. Joseph Public schools websites for their FULL DAYS OFF. Full Day-Drop Off Starting at 6:45 am at the Y. Parent Pick Up by 6:00 pm at the Y, $40.00


YMCA CHILDWATCH (formerly Nursery)
The Y Childwatch is here for you when you need an extra helping hand to watch the kids while you take care of you! Located in our new Childwatch area, our program includes age specific games, creative toys, pretend play, songs, stories, and much more.
Our staff will also create small and large motor skilled activities, art and many other fun activities.

Hours*: Monday-Friday, 7:50 am-8:15 pm  
Weekend Hours*: Saturday, 7:50 am-12:00 pm

  
*Please Note: In all cases, the Nursery will close 30 minutes early if no children are present at that time.

Monthly Pass: FREE Nursery with Household Membership; $22.00/Month with Adult Membership   
Daily Pass: YMCA Adult Membership, 1st Child, $6.00; add'l. children, $5.00/child. Community: 1st Child, $9.00; add'l. children, $6.00/child

ONLY the parents/legal guardians of a child may sign him/her into the Nursery, and MUST remain in the building or on the YMCA campus while their children are in our care. Children will only be released to the parent/guardian who has signed them into the Nursery. ID's will be verified, when necessary. There is a 2 1/2 hour limit per day on all passes. All monthly passes must be renewed by the 1st Friday of each month.

PARENT (NURSERY) TESTIMONIAL:
To all of the amazing Nursery Staff:
    I do not show my appreciation for every single one of you enough. There are truly no words to express how grateful I am for all of the time you spend playing with, taking care of, and showing true compassion for my children. Being able to get out of the house, do something for myself, and take a short break away from the kids, makes me a better mom for the day. Thank you for making it easier for me to not feel guilt about that by giving me the complete confidence that my kids aren't just being watched, bu genuinely being CARED for. Truly thankful, Lindsay R.