A branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA

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Child Care

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.

With today’s demands on working parents, more and more parents are seeking out trusted resources to watch their children while they are at work. Each branch within the Channel Islands YMCA offers school-age child care at local school sites, offering working parents a safe haven for their children outside of regular school hours.

At the Y, we believe that Before and After School Programs should provide every child with a well-balanced, comfortable, and nurturing program to continue their education while making new friends and enjoying FUN supervised activities!

Here's 10 facts about our Before & After School programs for you to ensure your child is in a safe, thriving, and encouraging environment:

  • Our programs nurture soft skills development. We help kids learn about self-control, conflict resolution, social skills and more!
  • Our programs are affordable. Financial assistance and scholarships are available for qualifying families, ensuring that no child is left out of care due to financial constraints. 
  • Our programs are flexible. We have full or partial options for before and after school that meet your needs.
  • Our programs are well-rounded. Daily homework help, arts education, STEM-related activities, physical activity and nutrition education are just a few of the things your child will be exposed to at the Y. 
  • Our programs offer convenience. All before and after school sites are located either directly on the school campus or at your local Y. Some sites conveniently offer transportation services. 
  • Our staff are positive role models. Our staff will engage your child in activities that focus on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the core values of the Y. 
  • Our programs are committed to healthy lifestyles. All sites have adopted Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA). Your child will be eating healthy snacks and receive nutrition education. 
  • Our programs put safety first. Have peace knowing your childwill be in a licensed, safe, facility to go before and after school. Your child is always supervised by high-quality staff. 
  • Our programs are FUN. Crafts, activities, friendships, laughter- your child will enjoy a daily dose of FUN!
  • Our programs highlight physical activity. Outdoor play time is part of our program so your child will have plenty of opportunity to burn some extra energy!

school year child care - Now Enrolling!

The Y offers a wide range of school-age childcare programs to meet your family's needs.  Sites are conveniently located on school campuses in the Ventura Unified District.  They Y is the only licensed on-site childcare provider at these schools.  All programs are regulated under California Community Care Licensing and exceed all requirements mandated by the state. A registration form is required to register.  

STILL SPACE AVAILABLE at Loma Vista and Elmhurst. Poinsettia and After the Bell are FULL!

Afterschool Care - printable flyer

Loma Vista • 805.256.2475
300 Lynn Dr, Ventura, CA

Elmhurst • 805.256.2474
5080 Elmhurst St, Ventura, CA

Poinsettia • 805.256.2476
350 N. Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA

Ventura Family YMCA • 805.207.2551
3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA

Like all Y programs, child care is open to all, with financial assistance available. 


2016 - 2017 school break care

The Y provides holiday and school break care.  A registration form and school break form are required to register. 

Click here for the 2016/2017 Holiday Break Care form.

All Registration paperwork for the 2016 - 2017 school year is available.

summer camps

2016 Summer Day Camps have finished, but we are looking forward to seeing you next year in our ACA accredited camps!

after the bell

This before and after school program is designed for parents of Middle School students.  Serving teens five days a week before and after school until 6:00p.m, snacks are provided daily and the teen center has space for homework, art projects, basketball, football, Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit, and much more.

Click here for the registration form.

child watch/adventure zone 

Click here for answers to the Top 5 Questions About Child Watch.

Click here for the Winter 2017 hours

Click here for our childwatch authorization form (coming soon)

Let the YMCA experts watch after your little one while you enjoy a great workout.  A stimulating, creative atmosphere that introduces your child to arts & crafts, dramatic play, and toys appropriate to their motor skill level.  Up to 2 hours of service is available to Family Facility Members.  Parents must remain in the YMCA facility while using this service. 


parent's night out

Need some time to yourselves for a nice dinner, an action-packed movie, or a well-deserved break? Drop your kids off on the Saturday nights listed below. Parent’s Night Out is a night filled with FUN, FRIENDS, FOOD, FILM, and FULFILLMENT! Click here to register online.  Online registration ends at 5pm Thursday prior to event. Walk-in registrations end at 4pm on the day of the event.  Email Regeana Mira for more information or call her at 805-642-2131 ext. 16. 

  • Saturday, February 18 6:10 - 9:30pm: The Secret Life of Pets
  • Saturday, March 4 6:10 - 9:30pm: Zootopia
  • Saturday, March 18 6:10 - 9:30pm: Meet the Robinsons
  • Saturday, April 1 6:10 - 9:30pm: The Angry Birds Movie
  • Saturday, April 15 6:10 - 9:30pm: The Book of Life
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