Y Care - South Sound YMCA

Y Care



Y Care before-and after-school programs serve children from age 5-12 in an enriching child-focused, child-directed environment that promotes the exploration of their interests and talents. The Y focuses programming on research-based approaches to social-emotional growth and development in children. Our programs work closely with area school districts to support children’s achievement. 

For more information, including pricing and locations, please select your child’s school district.  

For additional questions, please refer to our FAQ below or our parent handbook.



Our goal is to make high-quality, state licensed childcare accessible to anyone. All of our school-based locations are state-licensed. We are proud to accept state childcare subsidies through DCYF. Additionally, thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses around our community, the Y offers financial assistance to ensure all kids and families have access to our programs. Please email childcare@ssymca.net to learn more.

Recent changes passed by the Washington State Legislature expand the number of families who qualify for childcare subsidy dollars. A family of 4 now qualifies for subsidy if they make less than $66,144/year. And, families can qualify for up to 100% of their childcare costs to be covered.

The Department of Children, Youth & Families makes final determinations on qualifications and co-pays. Click here to see if you qualify for this statewide benefit. Note that co-pays listed here represent total family contributions per month.

The South Sound YMCA partners with Child Care Aware of America to provide an Army fee-assistance program to families. For more information, please visit their website at childcareaware.org.

Consider adding a family facility membership! In addition to facility access, members receive discounts on childcare, swim lessons, youth sports, and more! Learn More Here!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORM Site Provider and Phone Numbers

Y Care FAQs

Nope! Families only need to be registered as Program Members to use our child care services. Program Memberships have zero cost and must be renewed every 12 months.  

Yes. The registration fee is a required fee at the beginning of every new Before & After school program season.

Current location offerings can be found by selecting your child’s school district from the options listed above.

Don't see your school district? Contact us to learn why.

Yes! Please contact our Youth Development Team directly by calling (360) 918-0400 for more information. 

There are a number of factors the state uses to determine qualification. Applying only takes 15 minutes - give us a call and we can walk you through it. If you currently qualify for free and reduced lunch at your school, there's a good chance you'd qualify for deeply subsidized childcare, which may cost as little as $15/month.


  • Morning Y Care opens at 7:00AM and operates until the beginning of school. 
  • Afternoon Y Care opens after school has finished for the day and runs until 6:00PM.


  • Camps (Winter, Spring, Summer) operate from 7 AM until 6 PM.

We’ll notify staff and parents of Y Care delays and closures through Flash Alert, a free service. Please register in advance of inclement weather to be sure you get the alerts you need when it’s time.

Please call your Y Care site prior to dropping off your child if you’re unsure of the status.

If school is delayed or canceled this is what you can expect: 

  • If school is delayed, AM Y Care is closed. 
  • If school closes early, PM Y Care is not opened. 
  • If school is canceled for the day, AM+PM Y Care is closed.

Schedule Change / Cancelation Polices

Families are required to give two weeks’ notice prior to draft date to make cancellation of or decrease/increase care. Schedule Change forms will need to be emailed to childcare@ssymca.net.

All refund requests must be approved by the Youth and Community Department. Refunds will be reviewed and processed within 7-11 business days and are available in the form of system credits in the computer, check, or debit/credit card. A debit/credit card refund is only available if the original payment was made with the debit/credit card. Please allow 7 business days for refunds to show back into account. A $5 processing fee will be applied to all check refunds. System credits expire one year from date issued and unclaimed amounts will be considered a donation to the South Sound YMCA.

Child Care Information Request Form