Where Care Meets Achievement
The YMCA offers several child care programs. Whether you're a new parent looking to learn how to best prepare your young one for school, or looking for a fun, enriching place for your older child to spend time after school until you get off work, the YMCA has programs aimed at helping to give your child the best chance at a bright future.
Click here for information about Child Watch and Kids Club, 2-hour care for children on an active membership while parents are in the Y.
Early Learning Centers (6 wks - 6 yrs)
Early Learning Centers
Two YMCA Early Learning Centers offer care for youngsters age 6 wks - 6 yrs in Wells and Whitley counties. Caylor-Nickel Foundation Family YMCA ELC offers care from 6am - 6pm and Whitley County Family YMCA ELC offers care from 6:30am - 6pm. Children in our licensed programs are surrounded by nurturing role models who help them learn and thrive in a safe environment. Our staff specializes in early childhood education and design age-appropriate lesson plans that stimulate children's minds throughout a fun and creative day. Part-time and full-time care is offered – available based on enrollment.
Jorgensen Family YMCA Preschool Program (3 - 5 yrs)
Jorgensen Family YMCA offers a half-day preschool program at New Hope Church for children who are 3 -5 years old. Click below to learn more.
Preschool Age Child Care (Fort Wayne Community Schools)
If your preschooler attends Fort Wayne Community Schools, then they may enroll in Before and After School Care at select schools. Click below to find out if your school has this option.
School Age Child Care (Kindergarten - 6th grade)
We offer high-quality before-after-school care at over 39 locations throughout Northeast Indiana in partnership with 12 school districts and private schools Our programs provide a fun, safe, enriching environment where kids get academic support, interact with caring adults, socialize with peers and from long-lasting friendships that enhance character and self-confidence. Activities include homework support, physical activities and nutrition education, art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities, literacy activities, service learning, and healthy snacks or meals.