YMCA of Greater Erie

Art & Gym

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The Art & Gym program includes 30 minutes each of art & tumbling/gym. Each portion of the class is 30 minutes in length. Open to children ages 3-6.

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Art, Gym and Swim

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30 minutes each of art, tumbling/gym and swim classes. Open to children ages 3-6.  Program cost varies by location.  Program held throughout the year at the Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Birthday Parties

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What better place to have a birthday party for kids than the YMCA? We’ve got birthday party fun down to an art and our facility is a giant playground for kids eager to run, climb and play (and eat cake, of course!)

Party times are up to 2.5 hours and can include a variety of combinations from reserved swimming and gym time to planned youth activities/games and, if at our Camp – 70 acres of outdoor recreation including hiking, fishing and canoeing. A party room for cake and gifts is also available. Costs begin at $90 for Y members and community member rates are available. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required. Inquire at the Membership Desk for more information.

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Early Care for Infants & Toddlers (ages 6 weeks-2 years)

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Our experienced staff is knowledgeable about key developmental stages and keenly aware that each child reaches these stages differently. Using the Creative Curriculum, we help to guide each child’s growth on an individual basis. As they build new skills and learn how to interact with others, we enjoy watching them develop their own sense of identity and self-esteem.  Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Early Head Start

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The Early Head Start partnership program brings together the best of two worlds by combining the strengths of child care and Early Head Start programs.  The partnership provides comprehensive services and high-quality learning environments for income-eligible families with infants and toddlers.

Early Head Start is a research-based program that emphasizes the importance of responsive and caring relationships with both care givers and parents to support the growth and development of infants and toddlers.

Click here for a comprehensive list of Early Head Start program supports.

Early Head Start is offered at the Downtown Y, Early Learning Center and the Eastside Family Y.

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Free Meals for Kids Program

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Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program offered when school is out.  We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required.  After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.

Meals for Kids is a community outreach program of the YMCA of Greater Erie and is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, MJ Surgala Trust, the City of Erie, Erie Housing Authority, VIBE 104.3 and Classy 100.

Summer Meals for Kids locations and serve times are for 2017, with service from June 12-Aug. 18 are:

Community of Caring, Dayenu House, 261 East 21 Street, 11:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.
Downtown YMCA, 31 West 10th Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friendship Baptist Church, 1719 Cascade Street, 5-6 p.m.
Girard Borough Park, 34 Main Street W., 4-5 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus) – begins June 19
Granada Apartments, 1717 Kuntz Road, 2-3 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Hillcrest Church, 12921 Dundon Road, Edinboro, 12-1 p.m.
Lake City Dwellings, 215 East 16th Street, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
MLK Center, 4th & Chestnut, 5-6 p.m.
Parade Street Commons, 314 East 20th Street, 12-1 p.m.  (Saturdays)
Pfeiffer Burleigh School, 235 E. 11th Street, 8-9 a.m. & 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Union City Elementary School, 91 Miles St., Union City, 12-1 p.m. – begins July 10
Union City Estates, 61 Parade St. #101, Union City, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Meals are served during the school year at the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m.

Check out other free programs you might be interested in:

City of Erie Parks & Recreation Program

City of Erie Learn to Swim Program (Brian Lee Crosby Memorial)

 

 

 

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Hot Tots

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A program that teaches the fundamentals of soccer, basketball and tee ball to 3 year olds.

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KAY Yoga/ Kidding Around Yoga

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Come and join our Certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) instructors for these new and exciting Kids Yoga classes. KAY is designed to motivate children to be active, build confidence, develop mindfulness, and help them manage the spectrum of emotions children experience. A typical Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more.  KAY is free for YMCA members and open to the public for a class fee at Glenwood only.  Registration is required and is limited.  Call Glenwood at 868-0867.  No registration required at the Eastside Y.

 

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Kinder Tumbling

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to children ages 5-6.  

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Mighty Mites (ages 4-5)

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In a fun learning environment, qualified staff help kids learn the basics of soccer, t-ball, floor hockey and basketball. Kids are building confidence, having fun and making friends. Cost: Y members free/non-members $56.  Program held throughout the year at the County and Glenwood Park Ys.  Program held during the summer only at YMCA Camp Sherwin. Register Online>>

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Mixed Martial Arts

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The YMCA teams up with Lund Martial Arts Academy.  When you tell them you are a YMCA of Greater Erie member, you’ll get three classes, your uniform and your belt for FREE!

With a flexible class schedule and locations in Millcreek and Harborcreek, Lund Martial Arts Academy prides themselves on expert instruction for kids 5+, teens and adults.

Plus, they’ll donate $50 to the Y’s annual scholarship campaign for membership and programs when you sign-up for any program afterwards!

Register by calling 833-2800 (Millcreek) or 899-9200 (Harborcreek) and mention the promo code “YMCA815”.  Learn more about Lund Martial Arts Academy at www.LundMartialArts.com.

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Play & Learn

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You and your child’s caregivers are their first “teachers”.  At Play & Learn, Y staff will show how your child learns through play and active engagement through our everyday activities like running errands, emptying the dishwasher, sorting laundry and preparing dinner.  We’ll share oodles of learning ideas for at home and on the go.

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided.

Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Click below links for required forms AND visit the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, to register in person.  Class runs 36 weeks throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 12p.m. from Sept. 13-June 1.  For more information, call 899-9622.

Program held at International Institute, 517 East 26th Street

Download flyer in Espanol.

Caregiver Demographic Form
Child Demographic Form
Consent Form
Enrollment Survey
Evaluation Information

 

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Pre-K Counts Program (ages 3-5 years)

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The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 3 hours.  The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  Call Jeannine Bello at 814-452-1432 ext. 245. Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Preschool Program (ages 3-5 years)

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Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Creative Curriculum is an exciting and challenging program that helps preschoolers stretch their skills in mind and body.   Get more information here. Get locations here.

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Safety Around Water

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It takes just 10 seconds and 1 ounce of water for a water-related accident to occur.  And, nearly 88% of all youth drownings happen under adult supervision.  The Y’s new program, Safety Around Water, is designed to teach kids and adults how to be safe in and around water.  The program does not focus on swimming technique, but focuses on important safety and survival skills to help reduce water-related accidents and drownings.  This program is for non-swimmers/beginners and is meant to complement the Y’s traditional swimming lesson program. Lifeguard on duty. Free and open to the public.  Other free programs you might be interested in : City of Erie Learn to Swim, City of Erie Parks & Recreation, and Meals for Kids.

Safety Around Water from J Saunders on Vimeo.

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Sporties for Shorties

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Sporties for Shorties is a new spin on a classic program at the Eastside Family Y.  Formerly, Mighty Mites, Sporties for Shorties is a 10-week class which offers lessons in sports such as soccer, basketball, floor hockey and t-ball and includes a weekly swim lesson.  Cost is $25 for members and $75 for non-members.

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Tiny Tumblers

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Sing, dance tumble and giggle. Games and songs will teach your preschooler new ways to move.  All activities geared for parents and preschoolers to do together.  Open to children ages 18 months to 3 years.  

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Traditional Pre-K (one year prior to Kindergarten)

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A caring and friendly place for your child to learn and grow! Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities. The class is led by a certified teacher using the Letter People and Creative Curriculum. This curriculum program is open to children one year prior to kindergarten enrollment.  This program available at locations throughout Erie County. Click here for locations.

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Tumbling Tots

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This class teaches basic mat skills for strength, flexibility and technique, including gymnastics and movement education. Open to pre-school children.  Cost: Y-members free/non-members $56.

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Y Music Fun

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A time to march, beat the drum and sing.  A fun program with parent/child interaction. Exposure to a variety of instruments ans styles of music.  Let’s learn the beat and we might even sing.  Open to children ages 2 months to 6 years.

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Youth Co-Ed Basketball

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YMCA basketball leagues are the best and most fun around!  Volunteer coaches work on basic ball handling, passing, shooting and defensive skills while introducing defensive and offensive schemes. Play appropriate for youth 6-12 (Eastside offers for ages 5 – 13).  Session runs Jan – Feb.

Click on location of your choice to download registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Indoor Soccer

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This program is offered twice a year (Mar-May & Oct-Dec) for ages 4-13.  The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of soccer; such as:  dribbling, passing, shooting, formations, offense/defense, etc.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Tuesday through Friday.

Click on the location of your choice to download a registration form.

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Youth Co-Ed Outdoor Soccer

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This program runs June through July for ages 4-13. The goal of the program is for players to learn the basic skills and strategies of outdoor soccer, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Games (6) are held on Saturdays and 30-minute practices are held once a week, Wednesday or Friday evenings.

Cost: Members $5.00; Non-Members $58.00

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ZUMBA Kids/ZUMBA Jr.

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ZUMBA Kids

Perfect for our younger Zumba® fans! Kids 7-11 years old get the chance to be active and jam out to their favorite music.  Zumba® Kids classes feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. Helps develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children’s lives by making fitness fun. Classes incorporate key childhood development elements like leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, cultural awareness.

ZUMBA Kids Jr.

Perfect for our younger Zumba® fans! Kids 4-6 years old get the chance to socialize with friends and jam out to their favorite music. Zumba® Kids, Jr classes are rockin’, high-energy dance parties packed with kid-friendly routines. We break down steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. Helps develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children’s lives. Classes incorporate key childhood development elements such as leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance, cultural awareness.

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