Toddler Child Care

Our Philosophy

YMCA child care programs stress care and safety. They nurture children’s natural desire to learn by providing ample opportunities to explore.This is accomplished through developmentally appropriate activities.The scheduling, pacing and rhythm of these activities will be consistent with the recognized principles of early childhood education, which state that each child develops at his or her own rate.

We believe that the child care center should be an extension of the home and should in no way attempt to be a substitute for, or in competition with the home. The cooperative experience will set the stage between the child’s education and interest and the family involvement.

Bear Den

12 to 18 months of age at time of registration.


19 to 29 months of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

A balance of planned and free choice experiences fill their day.  Daily activities may include play time, art, story time, development of gross/fine motor skills, finger plays and songs, baby sign language, outdoor excursions, naps, and an abundance of hugs from staff.  Learning through experience is the main focus in the Bear Den and Doodlebug classrooms.

Monthly Fee: Members $673


2½ to 3 years of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

Children in this program will continue to develop their gross/fine motor skills.  Activities may include cooperative play, story time, art, music and movement and indoor/outdoor play.  In this class, an introduction to water play is designed to develop and improve their confidence and skills in our family pool.

Monthly Fee: Members $673

Registration Requirements

Please provide the following at the time of registration:

  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • Child Information Sheet
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $35.00

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have a maximum capacity. All registration will be done at the YMCA.  Monthly fees are available for those who do not have a Y membership.  Contact the Child Development Center, 605.718.5437, for additional information.