YMCAs are the nation’s largest provider of child care. We provide high-quality and affordable programs that are family-centered and values-based to nurture children’s healthy development.
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, afterschool and Child Watch 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 homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
Like all Y programs, child care is open to all, with financial assistance available.
Our Preschool provides a developmentally appropriate environment which emphasizes social, spiritual and emotional growth. Children learn to care about each other and themselves in a positive, loving environment which helps build respect for self and the world around them. Licensed by the State of California, we are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and thrive.
Before/Afterschool Child Care
Our state-licensed after school child care program is designed with the working parent in mind. We help your child realize their potential through a curriculum design that encourages strong character development. Your child is sure to have fun participating in a variety of activities that include sports, games, craft making, field trips and swimming. With our staff of mature, caring professionals, your child is sure to grow while having fun each and every day.
Facility Member Childwatch
Let the YMCA experts watch after your little one while you enjoy a great workout. We provide a stimulating, creative atmosphere that introduces your child to arts and crafts, dramatic play, and toys appropriate to their motor skill level. Up to two hours of service is available to Family Facility Members. Parents must remain in the YMCA facility while using this service.
Parents' Night Out
Need some time to yourselves for a nice dinner, an action-packed movie, or a well-deserved break? Parents enjoy a night out while their kids have a safe, happy, and engaging evening filled with activities reflecting our monthly theme. Dinner provided.
Teacher Workday and Holiday Care
During special days off school and school breaks, we offer care for your school age children. Your children will be well taken care of while having fun and being active during those out-of-school days. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your camper is enjoying enrichment activities under the watchful eyes of trained YMCA counselors. Your camper will make new friends, gain confidence, and expand their horizons.
Child care sites and programs vary. For details, contact the YMCA nearest you.
Camarillo Family YMCA
Lompoc Family YMCA
Montecito Family YMCA
Santa Barbara Family YMCA
Stuart C. Gildred YMCA
Ventura Family YMCA
The Youth and Family Services Branch of the Channel Islands YMCA is dedicated to offering social services to the youth and families of Santa Barbara and its immediate surrounding areas.
YFS Programs include:
Isla Vista Teen Center serves as a drop-in center for young people, away from gang activities, alcohol and drugs providing quality after school programs.
My Home at Artisan Court provides transitional housing to youth ages 18-21 that age out of foster care facing homelessness.
Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, an eight-bed licensed group home, providing temporary shelter for foster children, runaway and homeless youth, and young people in crisis ages 10-17.
Support and Outreach Services reaches out to youth living on the streets of our community, offering basic needs assistance, counseling, case management, and referral services as well as assistance with housing information, job search and life skills.