Custer YMCA

Custer Child Development Center

Serving our community's child care needs for children ages 2-months through 5th grade.

Our Philosophy:

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

The YMCA program believes that the daycare 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 family involvement. 

Programs operate at the Custer YMCA Child Development Center, 1315 Bluebell Lane.
The Child Development Center's phone number is 605.673.2222.

Our program is a state-licensed child care program which operates year-round for children 2 months to kindergarten. Quality programs help individuals grow personally, learn values, improve personal and family relationships, appreciate diversity, become better leaders, and HAVE FUN!

Infant/Toddler

Zoo Crew

Age: Infants/Toddlers - 2 months to 2 years
Time: 6:30 am-5:30 pm
All day program, Monday-Friday

Our infant program is centered around the child's schedule. Daily activities include playtime, art, development of gross/fine motor skills, music and songs, outside excursions, naps and an abundance of hugs from the staff.

The Jungle

Age: Toddlers 2 yrs - 3 1/2 years
Time: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
All day program, Monday-Friday

Our Jungle program offers a semi-structured environment where children participate in developmentally appropriate activities in the following areas: art, language, gross/fine motor, self-help, music, sensory, science and outdoor play all offered in a safe, caring loving environment.

Preschool

The Rain Forest Bunch

Age: Children 3 1/2 to 5 yrs old.
Time: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
All day program, Monday-Friday

Safari Squad

Age: Children 3 yrs - 5 yrs old.
Time: 8-11 am
Half-day program, Monday-Thursday

Our preschool environment is a combination of structured and free choice activities. Caring staff encourages the development of a child's whole self. Children will experience developmentally appropriate activities in the learning areas of art, music, math, science, sensory, social/emotional, language and literacy. Children also have ample opportunity for plenty of outdoor experiences: bike riding, gardening, slides, sledding, and sand/water play.

Child Development Program Monthly Fee Schedule:

For additional information contact the YMCA Child Care Department 605.673.2222.
There is a $35.00 non-refundable registration fee per year for childcare/preschool programs and school-age programs.

PROGRAM
Member
Program participant
Zoo Crew
(Full day)
$520 $580
The Jungle
(Full day)
$520 $580
The Rain Forest Bunch
(Full day, does not include lunch - $40 lunch tickets per month)
$480 $540
The Rain Forest Bunch
(Monday-Thursday, does not include lunch tickets)
$445 $505
Safari Squad
(Half day: mornings, Monday-Thursday)
$175/4 days $195/4 days