Child Care/Preschool

Kids’ Care

As a service to our valued members, we offer on-site childcare for your family while enjoying our SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA and Northeast Family YMCA facilities. Our goal is to provide a positive experience for children in a safe and secure environment during your visit to our YMCA. We offer interesting and inviting age-appropriate activities implemented by warm, caring, and fun staff members.  Parents MUST remain on the YMCA premises. Designed for infants through 12 years old.

Kids' Care Hours

SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA
Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm & 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

Northeast Family YMCA
Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm & 5pm-7pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm

Kids' Care Rules

  • YMCA of Rock River Valley members only (no guests). The child(ren) MUST be active members.

  • 2-hour limit per day.

  • There will be a late pick-up fee of $1 per minute, per child.

  • Children's temperatures will be taken at the membership desk upon entering the building.

  • Children 2 years old and up are required to wear a mask while in our facility, even when they are in our child care areas. 

  • No shoes inside the Kids' Care area - socks are required.

  • Upon entering our child care areas, each child will be required to wash his/her hands.

  • We are encouraging children not to bring in unnecessary items (toys, blankets, snacks, etc.)

YMCA Children's Learning Center

The YMCA Children's Learning Center is a licensed child care and preschool program that provides full-day, year-round programing to the youngest learners in the Rockford community. The CLC provides nurturing, high-quality care for children ages 6 weeks through prekindergarten. The teachers engage families using a developmentally appropriate curriculum that provides opportunities for young children to explore and grow physically, socially, and cognitively with the goal of making sure that each individual child's needs are met and each child is ready to enter kindergarten with all the tools needed to reach their full potential.

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Kids’ Time Before & After School

YMCA Kids' Time is located at elementary schools throughout Winnebago County. Working with the Rockford, Harlem, and Pecatonica school districts, this program offers a quality childcare program that is affordable and conveniently located right at the elementary school.

In addition to providing this program in a safe, nurturing environment, parents know all activities during Kids' Time promote character development through caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. This successful program has positively influenced the lives of thousands of Rock River Valley families. 

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CARES stands for Childcare and Recreation-Enhanced Studies. This program is designed to support families who are in need of childcare and/or remote learning support. Children will have a safe space to work on district-provided remote lessons with the support of their group leader, while also having the opportunity to engage in outdoor education & STEM activities, arts & crafts, and traditional camp activities. 

Spaces will be limited due to indoor spaces available during fall & winter months, and registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Program is currently only available at our Camp Winnebago location.

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