Children are like sponges—they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our Child Care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do their homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
YMCA Child Care is a place for children to explore, learn, feel safe, cared for and celebrated. We encourage positive relationships between the children, child care staff and parents to ensure a high-quality experience for the children.
At the Y, our goal is to:
- Help children develop to their fullest potential
- Support and strengthen the family unit
- Deliver child care in a safe and positive environment
- Teach, model, celebrate, practice, praise, and reinforce the YMCA core values of: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility
- Foster health and well-being for children and families
Childcare Program Locations
Childcare Programs are offered at the following locations:
- Central YMCA Children’s Center: Early Learning
- EWU campus Children’s Center: Early Learning and ECEAP
- Central Valley/South Pines Elementary School: Before-and-After School Program
- Chattaroy: Afterschool Program
- East Valley Elementary Schools: Before-and-After School Program
- Mead Schools: Before-and-After School Program
- Nine Mile/Lake Spokane Elementary: 4-year Preschool and Before-and-After School Program
- Reardan: Afterschool Program
- West Valley Schools: Before-and-After School Program
Central YMCA Children’s Center
Central YMCA Children’s Center
Invest In Your Child’s Future
The Central YMCA Children’s Center places your infant, toddler, and preschooler in a caring and supportive environment for your where they will engage in individual development and learning. Our children enjoy their ‘work’ each day as they learn through hands-on learning environments and activities. Following developmentally age appropriate curriculum and activities, your child gets exactly what they need.
The Central YMCA Children’s Center offers Full-Time Childcare, Mon – Fri: 7am-6pm for children 4 weeks – 5 years.
EWU Children’s Center
EWU Children’s Center
Early Childhood Program and ECEAP
Located on Eastern Washington University’s campus:
- Care for children 6 weeks to 10 years old
- Child-centered programming to EWU Students, faculty and staff
- Early Achievers Participant with a level 3 rating
Our program works closely with many departments at EWU to help sponsor books, read to children and provide a wide range of activities. The volunteers in our classrooms are often students from EWU who come to learn more about our program and working with children.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is committed to eliminating food insecurity and hunger in Spokane County by feeding children nutritious meals and snacks. Working with USDA, school districts and other agencies, the Y provides thousands of meals and snacks, at no cost, for children regardless of their participation in our programs.
Early Learning programs at the Central Y and Eastern Washington University serve meals made from scratch using whole foods. Young children in our preschool programs explore a variety of fruits and vegetables, enhancing their taste buds for healthy foods.
Our Day Camp sites, at the North and Valley Ys as well as Corbin and Thornton Murphy Parks, are open sites for all children to receive meals. Regardless of their participation in our programs, any child is welcome to eat with us. The Y also collaborates with the American Indian Community Center and the Emmanuel Family Life Center to feed children on site who rely on free and reduced-price meals served during the school year.
All 19 of the Y’s afterschool sites provide healthy, nutritious snacks as part of the program. This fall, we started serving super-snacks at two high-need afterschool sites. At the Central Y, afterschool dinners are served to all teens in the Teen Center, including newcomer children and teens from World Relief.
Summer Day Camp
Summer Day Camp & Clubs
Get Ready for the Best Summer Ever!
YMCA Day Camps give you choices across the city at all four of our branches: Central, North, South, and Valley. We want to make it a summer to remember filled with friendship, accomplishments, and belonging. Day Camps or Clubs for children entering Kindergarten – 8th grade.
YMCA Summer Food Program locations, days and times will be available prior to the beginning of Summer Day Camp.
Day-based options include:
- Day Camps: Traditional style camps, licensed
- Clubs: Activities for different ages that may be more skills focused, non-licensed
Why choose YMCA Day Camps?
- Quality Staff
- Safe Environment
- YMCA’s Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility
- Affordable Options
Space is limited, register early!!!
Last summer we were at full capacity, so register EARLY to ensure your spot with $20 non-refundable deposit for the weeks you want to reserve. All fees must be paid by the Wednesday prior to the week of attendance, in order to keep your child’s reserved spot.
- 930 N Monroe
- 1116 E Alice
- For drop off 6:30-9am and pick up 3pm-6pm
- 1st – 8th grades
North Y Camp
- 10727 N Newport Hwy
South Y Camp
- Thornton Murphy Park, 3105 E 27th
Valley Y Camp
- 2421 N Discovery Place
- 6:30am – 6pm
First day of camp:
- Mon June 18
Last day of camp:
- Wed Aug 29
- Closed Wed, July 4
Weekly Major Field Trip Schedule – coming soon
- Central Y/Emerson Park Location
- North Y Location
- Valley Y Location
- South Y/Thornton Murphy Park Location
2018 Registration Form – Space is limited register and reserve your spot early!
Child Information Packet – All forms in this packet must be filled out completely and turned in prior to attendance as required by the Washington State Department of Early Learning.
- Deposit and Payment Deadlines
- Cancellation-Change Form – Please turn in form no later than Monday of the week before the session otherwise, full price will be charged.
- Emergency Action Plan – Needed if your child has allergic reactions
- Medication Form – Needed if your child will need medication during the day
- Parent Handbook – (coming soon)
School Age Program
School Age Program
At the Y we believe every child can achieve their full potential in a safe, nurturing environment. We believe parents deserve peace of mind. At the Y, we strengthen community through youth development because we believe that a community is stronger when all children have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. At the Y we believe children become their best selves with a focus on skill development, positive relationships, and inspiring opportunities to explore and discover.
North Spokane Schools
Mead School District:
Brentwood, Colbert*, Evergreen, Farwell, Meadow Ridge, Midway, Prairie View & Shiloh Hills
- *Colbert is a non-licensed site
Riverside School District:
Chattaroy Elementary School
- Chattaroy/Riverside – Riverside students are bused to Chattaroy
Nine Mile School District:
Lake Spokane Elementary – Lake Spokane Children’s Center
- Before and After School Programs for children up to 12 years
- Preschool for children 3-5 years. Children must be toilet trained.
- Lake Spokane Children’s Center Rate Sheet – School Year
- Lake Spokane Children’s Center Registration Form – School Year
West Spokane Schools
Reardan School District:
Reardan Elementary School*
- *Reardan is a non-licensed site
Spokane Valley Schools
Central Valley School District:
South Pines Elementary
East Valley School District:
Otis Orchards*, Trent, Trentwood & CCS**
- *Otis Orchards/East Farms – East Farms students bused to Otis Orchards, non-licensed site
- **CCS Rate Sheet – School Year
West Valley School District:
Pasadena, Seth Woodard, Central Valley, East Valley & West Valley
- Registration Form – School Year
- Rate Sheet – School Year
- 5 Visit Package – Re-Order Form
- Child Information Packet – for 2017-2018
- Email or deliver registration forms to: YMCA corporate office, 1126 N Monroe.
- Change/Cancel Form: Any changes need to be in writing on the 27th of the month prior.
Per Washington State DEL rules we must have all forms completed or we cannot accept your child. Information must include date of last health & dental visit, health care provider names, addresses and phone numbers. The provided Immunization Form (CIC form) must also be filled out completely and signed. Please drop off at your child’s site prior to the first day of attendance.
Out of School Days
Why wait for summer to enjoy camp? YMCA Day Camps are here!
Arts, crafts, games, and more are only a few of the constructive activities your child will enjoy on their no-school days. Under the guidance of caring adults, your child will have the opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends and of course have fun along the way.
Hours: 6:30am – 6pm
- Central YMCA
- North YMCA
- Valley YMCA and South Pines Elementary
- Valley Drop-Off: South Pines Elementary School, Pick-Up: Valley YMCA.
What to Bring:
- Completed Child Information Forms
- Weather appropriate clothes
- Swim Suit & Towel
We will email Camp Schedules the week prior to camp.
We look forward to seeing our YMCA families at Camp!
Accessibility for All
Thanks to the generous donors of our Annual Giving Campaign, and our commitment to strengthen our community, financial assistance is available to those who need it.
As a mission-driven, nonprofit organization we strive to ensure everyone can learn, grow, and thrive through YMCA programs. Financial assistance is available for all YMCA programs and membership. For information on membership financial assistance, please see Membership For All.
Assistance may be available through DSHS or the YMCA.
State Third Party Assistance: DSHS
You will need the following prior to registration:
- Contact your caseworker to set up services
- Provide DSHS with the Provider Number for your care
- DSHS Authorizations need to be sent to the YMCA
- Co-pay paid in advance of the first month of attendance
- YMCA Registration Form (select Provider Number above for the correct school) mail or deliver to: YMCA, 1126 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201.
YMCA Programs & Childcare Financial Assistance
Please complete the 2018 Childcare & Programs Financial Assistance Application. The application is also available at any YMCA branch or by calling 509 777 9622. Applications and supporting documents can be delivered to the YMCA corporate office at 1126 N. Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201 or to any YMCA branch. Or it may be emailed, Attention Business Office.
Financial Assistance Applications can take up to 10 days to process once received, longer if the application is incomplete. Assistance cannot be applied until the application has been approved. 2018 assistance is valid through April 30, 2019.
The YMCA Childcare Department does not automatically send out a tax statement to participants. If you would like a statement for the 2017 tax year please complete this form or contact the Customer Information Center at 509 777 9622. Statements will be mailed out beginning January 26, 2018. Statements can take up to two weeks to process, so please plan ahead.
The YMCA’s EIN/Tax ID# is 91-0827958