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We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Through our child care programs, we help children and teens cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

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Child Watch

For your convenience, you may drop off your child(ren) in the Child Watch center, available in all membership branches, while you work out! Child Watch is free to members with a Family or Single Parent membership. This is a members-only service with a 2-hour daily maximum for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years.Hours vary by location and are subject to change, and other restrictions may apply. Contact the Member Services desk at your local branch for more information.

Kids Club

This program is an extension of Child Watch, offering supervised gym time, swimming, and educational activities. Kids Club is available for your convenience, available in all membership branches, while you work out! It is free to members with a Family or Single Parent membership. This is a members-only service with a 2-hour daily maximum for children ages 6-11. Hours vary by location and are subject to change, and other restrictions may apply. Contact the Member Services desk at your local branch for more information.

Before And After School Care

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne provides a quality child care program for working parents. Students can enjoy their mornings and/or afternoons with friends as we provide snacks, homework assistance and structured activities. We also feature Break Camps on scheduled days off during the school year and at select branches, drop-in School Delay and Day Out programs.

School Age Child Care Programs for the 2017/2018 School Year 
Click here to see a map of our 2017/2018 School Age Child Care Programs

School Age Childcare is provided at:
Bluffton-Harrison MSD
East Allen County Schools 
Fort Wayne Community Schools 
Fort Wayne Parochial Schools 
Northern Wells Community Schools
Northwest Allen County Schools 
Southern Wells Community Schools
Southwest Allen County Schools 
Whitley County Consolidated Schools 
(Click on the school system to find out additional information)

Preschool/Early Learning is provided:
Fort Wayne Community Schools
Jorgensen Family YMCA
Armstrong Early Learning Center (Columbia City, Indiana)
Caylor-Nickel Early Learning Center (Bluffton, Indiana) - Click here for inquiries


Bluffton-Harrion MSD - Before, After School Childcare (Download Forms & View Rates Here) Before School Care times: 6:30am-start of school day, After School Care - End of school Day-6pm. Contact Courtney Springer at 260.565.9622 for more information. Register Here for Bluffton-Harrison MSD before/after school childcare.

Bluffton-Harrison 
Schools Served
Before / After School Care
AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary.
Bluffton-Harrison
Elementary School
AM & PM Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA

 


East Allen County Schools - Before, After School Childcare (Download Forms & View Rates Here) (Download Parent Hand Book Here) Before School Care times: 6:30am-start of school day, After School Care - End of school Day-6pm. Contact Child Care Services at 260.449.8464 for more information. Register Here beginning May 1 for EACS before/after school childcare.

East Allen County
Schools Served
Before / After School Care
AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary.
Cedarville Elementary AM & PM* *PM care provided at Leo Elementary
Leo Elementary AM* & PM *AM care provided at Cedarville Elementary
Prince Chapman Elementary AM & PM *AM/PM care provided at Southwick Elementary
Southwick Elementary AM & PM N/A

 


Fort Wayne Community Schools - Before, After School Childcare (Download Forms & View Rates Here) (Download Parent Hand Book Here) Before School Care times: 6:30am-start of school day, After School Care - End of school Day-6pm. Contact Child Care Services at 260.449.8464 for more information. Register Here for FWCS before/after school childcare.

Fort Wayne Community
Schools Served
Before/After School Care
AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary.
Abbett Elementary AM & PM Served at Weisser Park Elementary
Adams Elementary AM & PM Served at Forest Park Elementary
Arlington Elementary AM & PM N/A
Bloomingdale Elementary AM & PM Served at Franke Park Elementary
Brentwood Elementary AM & PM N/A
Bunche Montessori AM & PM N/A
Croninger Elementary AM & PM N/A
Fairfield Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Forest Park Elementary AM & PM N/A
Franke Park Elementary AM & PM N/A
Glenwood AM & PM N/A
Haley Elementary AM & PM N/A
Harris Elementary AM & PM N/A
Harrison Hill Elementary AM & PM N/A
Holland Elementary AM & PM N/A
Indian Village Elementary AM & PM N/A
Irwin Elementary AM & PM N/A
Levan Scott Academy AM & PM Served at Weisser Park Elementary
Lincoln Elementary AM & PM N/A
Lindley Elementary AM & PM N/A
Maplewood Elementary AM & PM N/A
Northcrest Elementary AM & PM N/A
Price Elementary AM & PM N/A
Shambaugh Elementary AM & PM N/A
South Wayne Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
St. Joseph Central Elementary AM & PM N/A
Study Elementary AM & PM Served at Washington Elementary
Towles Montessori PM N/A
Washington Center Elementary AM & PM N/A
Washington Elementary AM & PM N/A
Waynedale Elementary AM & PM Served at Maplewood Elementary
Weisser Park Elementary AM & PM N/A
Whitney Young AM & PM N/A

Fort Wayne Community Schools - Preschool (Download flier here, download Forms & View Rates Here) (Download Parent Hand Book Here) Morning pre-school begins at the start of the school day. Afternoon pre-school dismisses at the end of the school day. Contact Child Care Services at 260.449.8464 for more information.

Fort Wayne Community
Schools Served
Pre-School
AM/PM

School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary.

Abbett Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Bloomingdale Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Brentwood Elementary AM & PM Served at Holland Elementary
Bunche Montessori PM N/A
Fairfield Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Forest Park Elementary AM & PM Served at Holland Elementary
Franke Park Elementary AM & PM Served at Holland Elementary
Harrison Hill Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Holland Elementary AM & PM Served at Holland Elementary
Indian Village Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Lindley Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Maplewood Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Northcrest Elementary AM & PM Served at Holland Elementary
Scott Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
South Wayne Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
Washington Elementary AM & PM Served at Holland Elementary
Waynedale Elementary AM & PM Served at Harrison Hill Elementary
     

 


Fort Wayne Parochial SchoolsAfter School Care Times: End of school Day-5:30pm.
St. Jude Catholic School (Download Forms & View Rates Here; Registration link coming soon)
Most Precious Blood School (Download Forms & View Rates Here; Register Here)
St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Download Forms & View Rates Here; Register Here)
Contact Child Care Services at 260.449.8464 for more information. (Download Parent Hand Book Here)

Fort Wayne Parochial
Schools Served
After School Care 
AM/PM  School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary
Most Precious Blood School PM N/A
St. Jude Catholic School PM N/A
St. John The Baptist Catholic School PM N/A

 


Northern Wells Community Schools - Before, After School Childcare (Download Forms & View Rates Here) Before School Care times: 6:30am-start of school day, After School Care - End of school Day-6pm. Contact Courtney Springer at 260.565.9622 for more information. Register Here for Northern Wells Community Schools before/after school childcare.

Northern Wells Community 
Schools Served
Before / After School Care
AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary.
Lancaster Elementary School AM & PM Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA
Ossian Elementary School AM & PM Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA

 


Northwest Allen County Schools - Before, After School Childcare (View rates Here, Download Immunization Form Here). Before School Care times: 6:00am-start of school day, After School Care - End of school Day-6pm. *To register, click on "Register for Programs" on the left hand side of this page, choose "School Year Care," under Location, click on your child's school.  
Contact Hollissa Estep, Child Care Services Director at 260.755.4849 for more information.

Northwest Allen County Schools Served AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary
Acrola Elementary PM N/A
Cedar Canyon Elementary AM & PM N/A
Eel River Elementary AM & PM Parkview Family YMCA
Hickory Center Elementary AM & PM Parkview Family YMCA
Huntertown Elementary AM & PM N/A
Oak View Elementary AM & PM N/A
Perry Hill Elementary  AM & PM N/A 

 


Southern Wells Community Schools - Before, After School Childcare (Download Forms & View Rates Here) Before School Care times: 6:30am-start of school day, After School Care - End of school Day-6pm. Contact Courtney Springer at 260.565.9622 for more information. Register Here for Bluffton-Harrison MSD before/after school childcare.

Southern Wells Community
Schools Served
Before / After School Care
AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary.
Southern Wells 
Elementary School
AM & PM Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA 

 


Southwest Allen County Schools - Before, After School Childcare (Download information packet and view rates Here, Download parent handbook Here, Download Immunization Form Here, Download Permission to Medicate form Here Before school care times: 5:30am-start of school day, After school care - End of school Day-6pm. *Register Now for 2018/2019 school year; Register Here for Kindergarten, Here for 1st grade, Here for 2nd grade, Here for 3rd grade, Here for 4th grade, Here for 5th grade.
Contact Rebecca Sullivan, Child Care Services Director, at 260.755.4826 for more information.

Southwest Allen County Schools Served AM/PM School is served at this location, transportation is provided if necessary
Aboite Elementary AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA
Deer Ridge Elementary AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA
Covington Elementary AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA
Haverhill Elementary AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA
Lafayette Meadows Elementary AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA
Whispering Meadows AM & PM Jorgensen Family YMCA

Southwest Allen County Schools - Preschool Program, program available in the mornings. (Download a flier and view rates Here) Preschool time, 9am-12pm. Program location at New Hope. Contact Rebecca Sullivan, Child Care Services Director, at 260.755.4826. Register Here for SACS preschool program.


Whitley County Consolidated Schools - Before, After School Childcare (Download information flyer Here, view rates Here, Download parent handbook Here. Before school care times: 6:00am - start of school day, After School care - End of school day-6pm. Register Here for WCCS before/after school childcare.
Contact Andrew Ferrell, Whitley County Family YMCA School Age Childcare Director, at 260.244.9622, for more information.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools Served AM/PM School is served at this location
Coesse Elementary PM N/A
Little Turtle Elementary AM & PM N/A
Mary Raber Elementary PM Whitley County Family YMCA
Northern Heights Elementary PM N/A

*Before school care is offered at Coesse, Little Turtle, Mary Raber and Northern Heights for all morning delays


Whitley Early Learning - Available at the Whitley County Family YMCA Early Learning Center


Break Camps, Delay and School Out Care

School's out, now what? Join YMCA staff on those days for crafts, games and fun with friends! Contact a branch for more information!

Scheduled School Day Out/Cancellation/School Delay Care is available at:

Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA
Parkview Family YMCA
Jorgensen Family YMCA
Whitley County Family YMCA
Child Care Services 

 

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization, Tax ID # 35-0886850, and contributions are tax deductible.