Child Care

The YMCA provides high-quality, affordable child care programs that nurture the healthy development of children. We emphasize the core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our staff is fully licensed and has undergone education, in-classroom experience and background checks to ensure your children are in a safe, beneficial environment. Childcare is open to all and financial assistance is available.


Tot Watch

We know that balancing family life and personal goals can be a struggle. Bring the kids with you and let our friendly staff watch them while you work out! Our Tot Watch staff is certified in First Aid and CPR, and hired for their enthusiasm and superb ability to interact with children. Available in the morning and evenings, Tot Watch allows you to focus on your health and wellness, while giving your children a first glimpse into a healthy lifestyle.


Tot Watch Available at:


Before and After School Care Program

The Before and After School Care Program is designed to serve the needs of parents who work or attend school by providing a warm, safe and caring place for their elementary-age children. At their elementary schools, children enrolled in this program take part in a wide variety of activities for group and individual play including crafts, music, art, sports, storytelling and dramatics. Our well trained staff takes full advantage of the school space provided and schedule educational time, play time in the gym as well as on the outdoor playground, while continuously teaching our core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.


Before and After School Care Available at:

  • Averill
  • Cavanaugh
  • Cumberland
  • Fariview
  • Kendon
  • Lewton
  • Wexford

To Register for Before and After School Care:

  1. Review and print the Parent Handbook for your records.
  2. Fill out and sign the contract here.
  3. Print and fill out the Child Information Record. Submit to the Westside YMCA.
    a. Please fill out all required fields. Any fields not applicable or unknown please use ‘unknown’ or ‘none’ instead of ‘N/A’.


For more information, please contact:
Jason Helman
(517) 827-9666


Child Development Center: 6 weeks to 5 years

At the Child Development Center, children learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Our caring, qualified staff creates a stimulating, child-centered environment and offer a wide range of activities designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. We follow a play-based, creative curriculum uniquely designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We provide breakfast, lunch and a snack according to federal nutritional food program standards.
The Child Development Center is open year round, 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.


If you are interested in the Child Development Center, we encourage you to schedule a tour to see the center, observe classroom activities, meet the teachers, and discuss your questions and enrollment needs with the Child Development Center Director.


Child Development Center Available at:


Preschool: 2.5 years – 5 years

Our preschool program is a wonderful, safe environment for your child to learn and grow. The programs are operated on an experiential learning philosophy—children learn by doing. The theme-based curriculum includes skill building for kindergarten readiness through a literacy-based circle time, arts, dramatic play, math concepts, building blocks, manipulatives, games and physical play. The children also learn positive social skills and can participate in additional enrichment activities.


Preschool Available at:


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