Custer School Age Child Care

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

Our Child Development program is a state-licensed child care program which operates year-round for children 2 months to 5th Grade. Quality programs help individuals grow personally, learn values, improve personal and family relationships, appreciate diversity, become better leaders, and HAVE FUN!

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. 


We're a  safe place for children to go after school. The Kidstop program promotes self-confidence, trust, education, and character development. Our activities include snack time, story time, indoor/outdoor play and homework time.

YMCA Kidstops are a grant-funded afterschool child care program which operates during the school year. The program provides your child with a safe, fun and structured place to hang out after school. Our caring staff will build a special relationship with each individual child. Watch your child grow, explore the world and learn new things every day

Level K-5th grade
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday
7:30 am-5:30 pm, Friday
Locations: Custer Elementary School and Hermosa Elementary School.

$40/registration fee. Membership required to participate in this program.
Available only when Custer School District facilities are in session.

All Day Programs

Available on Fridays & some days that school is not in session. Closed on all scheduled holidays.
Contact us for updated information.

Y Summer Day Camp

Day Camp is a state licensed child care program which operates during the summer. See the summer camp link for more information.
Summer camp registration will begin spring 2022 for Custer YMCA members currently enrolled in the Kidstop program. Sign up for one week or all 11 weeks.

Each week offers a different fun theme with field trips and activities and includes swimming at the pool each week, weather permitting. There may be a minimal charge for each week for Camp fees depending on the Grant. Check back in May for further details.

For additional information contact the YMCA Child Care Department at 605.673.2222.

There is a $40.00 non-refundable registration fee per year for school-age programs.