YMCA of Greater Erie

Exclusive Savings on YMCA Childcare Programs

When you join the YMCA of Greater Erie, you enjoy exclusive savings on YMCA early learning, preschool and after school programs that can be as much as $500/year!  While we have a membership program to fit every budget, we find families really take advantage of our Buddy For Fitness membership program.  When you join as the buddy of an existing member, or you  recruit someone new to join with you, you BOTH enjoy an exclusive 20% membership savings for as long as you both are members of the Y. And, yes, we’ve done the math – it’s a monthly savings of $15.81 or $189.72/year.

A Values-Based Answer to After School

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through BBBSthe Y, thousands of local youth are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Click here for a helpful checklist in choosing the right after school program for your child.

Before and After School Programs

Ages K-12 years


When the bell rings, children need a safe and nurturing place to go when their parents are still at work or away from home.

Combining play with academics, the Y’s School-Age Enrichment Program fills gaps in school by offering enrichment through arts, music, physical education, sports and nutrition.

YMCA character values – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility help kids discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Through new skills and positive role models, better health and educational achievement, kids are confident today and will become contributing adults tomorrow.

Structured activities include  science, group projects, environmental awareness, arts and crafts, games, sports components, field trips, and more. Children also have time to tackle homework with the help of well-trained Y staff who know how to challenge and listen to them.

The Y is also a site-based mentoring location for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  If your child is enrolled in our School-Age Enrichment program, at your request, he or she can be matched with a pre-qualified Big Brother or Big Sister.  Ask your Program Director for more information.

A healthy breakfast and snack is included in your daily rate as well as transportation to and from school.

Enroll by August 21, 2017 and we’ll waive your registration fee.

Before and After School Program Locations

Teen Center

Ages 12-18 years

At the Y’s Teen Center located at the Downtown Y, teens are offered a safe place to socialize and provided a wide selection of educational, recreational, community service and soft skills programming. Seventh graders in Erie County receive a free membership as part of the Y’s 7th Grade Initiative.

School Fun Days/Holiday Fun Days

Ages K-12

During school days off and holidays, the Y schedules all-day School Fun Days to accommodate children ages K-12 during days off from school. Activities include recreational games, swimming, arts & crafts, community service projects and more.

Summer Camp (ages 5-12)

By choosing Y Summer Day Camp, you’re choosing more than a summer day care service.  Y camps are high-quality, affordable and convenient all summer long.  The Y’s wide menu of summer play and learning activities through camp give kids a chance to have fun while building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Choose from traditional Day Camp, Kindergarten Readiness Camp or week-long Sports, Dance or Cheer Camps.  Program held at the County Y. Get more information here.

Financial Assistance

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Like all Y programs, our Early Care and School Age Programs are open to all. The YMCA accepts CCIS payments, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

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