YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. 

Children with ballons

Our child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other.



The goal of YMCA programs is to engage youth in physical, learning and imaginative activities that encourage them to explore who they are and what they can achieve. In addition to supplementing what they have learned in school, they participate in interactive learning models that engage critical thinking skills, get assistance with their homework from trained YMCA staff, have a chance to socialize with each other and form long-lasting friendships that enhance their development, growth and self-confidence.


• Children require a safe, secure and supportive environment that gives families peace of mind when you cannot be there yourself.
• Youth exposed to consistent displays of positive character traits will develop a healthy self-esteem and a willingness to help others.
• A child’s experience is dependent on family life and community life – YMCA programs strive to support the entire family with a variety of programming and character based curriculum.
• Offering activities that strengthen, expand and provide real life context to information learned in the classroom will lead to successful youth prepared for college, career and life.

At the Y, school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework.  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

Focus on Family

At the YMCA, we realize that no matter how many hours a child spends in a day care environment, family FAMILYis the most important structure in their lives: Good child care is good family care. Staff members work together with parents and other caregivers to help kids grow up healthy, happy and strong. Like all Y programs, child care is open to everyone, and financial aid is available.

Child Saftey & Protection

The YMCA was one of the first national organizations to take a stand in the critical area of child abuse prevention. When you enroll your child in a YMCA program, you are entrusting us with your greatest treasure.


The caring, professional staff at the YMCA of Central Virginia takes that responsibility very seriously. We encourage parents to visit at any time and solicit their input and full involvement.



The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.