Youth Development at the Y

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Programs for Youth

At the Ashland Family YMCA, we provide opportunities for children to learn, grow and thrive. With our many program offerings, there is something for everyone!

Birthday parties will be on pause for the summer and we’ll begin accepting reservations again in the fall.

Celebrate your birthday with the Y!

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Enjoy a fitness class, swim laps in the pool, or watch your other child in a lesson while we take care of your little ones! Designed for children ages 12 weeks to 6 years old, we offer a fun and safe space for them to come learn and play!

ChildWatch is an Ashland Family YMCA member perk, offered Monday-Friday, 9a-12p.

Enjoy an evening to yourself while we watch the kids! Offered one Saturday each month from 4p-9p, kids ages 4-12 will have opportunities to swim (kindergarten and older), play on the gymnastics floor, use their creativity for crafts and STEM activities and more! Dinner is also provided for these events!

Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.

Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who’s choking, and helpful information like what to do if there’s severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises.

When school is out, the Y is in! We offer School’s Out Days for children in K-6 th grade during conferences, holiday breaks and in-service days. Select dates are also offered for children ages 3-5. A wide range of activities are provided so there is something for every child, including swimming, active play time in a variety of settings, STEM projects, arts and crafts and more!

  • Healthy Kids Day: Healthy Kids Day 2025 is Saturday, April 26 from 11a-2p!

Spring Break Archery Camp 2024 is March 24-28, from 10a-12p. $75 Y-members / $100 Community


Our Preschool is a licensed program. The Ashland Family YMCA is invested in providing quality, full-day early childhood opportunities to families in the valley. Our Preschool Programs run Monday – Friday from 7:30a-6p to support working families. We understand the cost of childcare is high and we are committed to reducing financial barriers so all children can experience opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive in a social environment. We accept ERDC! Any family who applies for financial assistance with our Preschool Programs (Ashland and Talent) will be awarded financial assistance.

Afterschool Care provides a safe, enriching, and fun environment for school-age children to thrive after the school day ends. Committed to nurturing the potential of every child, our afterschool programs offer a diverse range of activities that foster social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Parents can rest assured that their children are in safe hands.

  • Our dedicated Afterschool Care counselors, carefully selected for their passion and expertise, create a nurturing atmosphere that prioritizes the well-being and happiness of every child.
  • We provide a rich array of activities that stimulate imagination, self-expression, and exploration. We offer an afterschool snack, homework help, opportunities for active play, craft projects, STEM activities and free choice options.
  • You have the option of selecting a 3 day a week or 5 day a week schedule.
  • Our program is offered on-site at Bellview, Helman, and Walker Elementary schools, as well as at the Y.
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