The Greater Wichita YMCA is committed to Youth Development, improving youth literacy and educational success, and ensuring that all children have access to resources and programs that empower them to pursue healthy spirit, mind, and body. To facilitate those pursuits, we are the region's largest provider of Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) licensed Child Care services. In 2018 we, served 1,500 children daily* and over 9,000 total children* with our Child Care programs - and will serve more in 2019.

Our programs are designed to help kids get an early start on learning, self-development, and socialization. In the interest of ensuring access for all - we offer ability-to-pay-based pricing for all licensed child care programs and Financial Assistance for those who qualify.

Looking for Child Care options? Use the tiles below to explore our licensed Child Care programs and other ways we support parents and kids. You'll find:

  • Links to our many programs and offerings - each with their own program details and options
  • Viewable/downloadable/printable PDF copies of enrollment forms, policies and parent information, required paperwork, and more - varies by offering.

The Greater Wichita YMCA offers KDHE-licensed child care, with certified and trained professionals, to kids - infant through fifth grade - including full day, before- and after-school, and scheduled, day- and week-long "camps" including:

  • EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS - Child Development Centers (CDC) and Early Learning Centers (ELC) offer full day care for infants,through pre-schoolers.
  • SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS - KEY Academy serves kids grades K-5, ages 5-12 with fun, educational programming before- and after school.
  • FUN CLUB - Students K-5 can enjoy "School Day Out" and "Break Club" day camps during scheduled school closures of a day-to-a-week in length.


The Greater Wichita YMCA's also offers academic support to select students through Y SCHOLARS - a partnership with local school districts where educators nominate students for literacy support.


While not part of our licensed child care programming, the Greater Wichita YMCA - through its Community Development branch and Youth and Family staff at branch locations - offer additional support to parents who need safe, engaging, fun places for kids including:

* "children daily" statistic is the average, daily participation figure - in 2018 (most recent annual numbers) - across all Child Care and Camp initiatives. "Total children" statistic is the number of unique children served- in 2018 (most recent annual numbers) - by any one of our Child Care and Camp initiatives for at least one, full "session" of a program or initiative (week or month). 


The Greater Wichita YMCA provides child care and hundreds of other options for pursuit of a healthy spirit, mind, and body including:


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