What We Do


Learn, play, make friends

YWCA childcare offers quality, affordable childcare for children 2 ½-12 years of age, including an all-day preschool and pre-kindergarten, afterschool programming, and vacation care for school age children. The afterschool program includes swim time in the YWCA pool every Friday to support children’s development of swimming skills and enjoyment of the water. Preschool children take part in two weekly swims, including one day of lessons and one day of unstructured play time in the pool. YWCA childcare programming provides an affirming and supportive atmosphere for children to learn, play, and develop meaningful friendships. Our preschool and school-age teachers create programming that instills appreciation of diversity and recognizes the importance of children’s unique needs and talents.
The YWCA childcare program accepts State of Maine subsidy vouchers and scholarships are available for summer camp.


Pre-school & Pre-K

The YWCA provides full day preschool for children ages 2 ½ -4 years of age. We offer three preschool classrooms to meet the different developmental needs of children of different ages. Our classrooms follow the Maine Learning Standards to offer a curriculum that includes a balance of free play, significant adult and peer social interaction, and engaging programming designed to develop self-esteem and self-awareness in young children and gradually prepare them for entering school. Preschool children swim in the YWCA pool twice weekly and receive swim lessons. The program provides breakfast and snacks daily. YWCA preschool teachers seek to develop meaningful and ongoing connections with the families of children accessing our services. Our teachers incorporate inter-cultural education and appreciation of diversity into their ongoing lesson plans and programming. Preschool programming seeks to be responsive and inclusive to the unique value and needs of each child’s cultural background.

Rates for Pre-School and Pre-K:
Full Time (Monday through Friday): $140 per week
3 Days a Week: $105 per week
2 Days a Week: $75 per week
Extra days available as space permits: $35 per day

Pre-School extended care:  6:30 -7:00am $15.00/wk           5:30 – 6:00pm $15.00/wk


School Age: After-school Program

The YWCA afterschool program serves children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Transportation is available from Martel, McMahon, Geiger, Montello and Farwell elementary schools. The afterschool program runs from 2:30-5:30, with the option for children to stay for extended care until 6:00. Each day YWCA afterschool teachers foster a nurturing and affirming atmosphere that allows children to play, learn, and relax after their day at school. We provide healthy snacks, homework help, games, art projects, and outdoor play time. Youth participating in afterschool care have the opportunity to take part in regular enrichment programming. Programming has included: book groups, dance classes, and girls’ empowerment groups, among other offerings. Afterschool participants enjoy weekly swim time every Friday. The YWCA afterschool program seeks to advance children’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity, and intercultural knowledge through positive adult role modeling, educational activities, and celebrations of cultural holidays.

The school age childcare program also includes before school care between 7:00 AM and the start of school. Families may sign up for 6:30 AM before school care for an additional fee. Bus transportation to Martel and Farwell schools is available. The YWCA provides all-day care on snow days, teacher workshops, holidays, and school vacations. For children who are enrolled in the afterschool program, snow day care is available at no cost; teacher workshops, and holidays that are not part of school vacation are available at an additional cost.

Rates for school-age care:
Before School Care: $35 per week
After School Care: $67 per week
Before and After School Care: $90 per week
Extended care: 6:30am – 7:00am $10 per week // 5:30pm – 6:00pm $10 per week


School Age: School Vacation Care

The YWCA provides all-day care during school vacations, including November, December, February, and April vacations (excluding: Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and New Year’s Day).

February Vacation Camp: During February break the YWCA offers vacation care that includes programming celebrating the joys of winter. Past activities have included: sledding, ice skating, nature walks, and snow tubing. Children participating in February vacation camp swim every day and go on one special field trip during the week.

April Vacation Earth Camp: Each year April break is earth week at the YWCA. Children participating in April vacation care learn about environmental stewardship and develop appreciation for the richness of Maine wildlife. April Vacation Earth Camp includes a visit from animals and handlers from Chewonki. Past special guests have included: reptiles, owls, birds of prey, and bats, as well as, a visit from beekeepers, an earth worm composter, and the L.L. Bean Boot. Children swim and play outdoors every day during the week.

Rates for Vacation Care:
Vacation Week Care: $140



Summer Camp

The YWCA provides summer camp programming throughout the length of summer vacation. Each week of summer camp offers a different theme for children to explore with diverse activities to meet the needs and interests of all participating children. Some of our past themes have included: art, animals and outdoor adventure, circus, and performance. YWCA summer camp includes daily swimming and weekly field trips to beaches and lakes, museums, parks, and other activities. Enrichment programming and special guests that are related to each week’s theme are provided to engage children’s interests and prevent summer learning loss. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. Programming is led by young adult camp counselors who bring diverse skills and experiences to the program.  YWCA summer camp is open to all children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Summer Camp Handbook

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp Parent Contract

Summer Camp Scholarship Application