Child Development

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We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life. Because of the Y community, kids are taking more interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, kids learn their ABC’s, learn to share, learn about sportsmanship, and most importantly, learn how to be themselves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

The Peninsula has three full-day child development centers. 

The YMCA Child Development Center at Colonial Williamsburg is located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg.

The YMCA Wiley Child Development Center is located across the street from the Northern Neck Family YMCA in Kilmarnock.

Our Newport News Family YMCA is the home of another full-time Child Development Center.


YMCA Preschool fosters growth and development in young children, and provides a responsive environment where preschool age children learn through hands-on experiences. The Centers operate a full-day, year-round program. A typical day offers playground fun, arts & crafts, classroom instruction, storytelling and naptime. More…

Before and After School CHILD CARE

All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. More…


With your family membership at the YMCA, you are entitled to free Child Watch (ages 6 weeks to 5 years) and Youth Watch (ages 6 to 12 years) services while you are at the Y participating in our programs. Our qualified staff and volunteers provide a safe and fun atmosphere for your child with age-appropriate toys, games and activities and even homework time for school-aged kids. Parents are required to sign the child in/out and to fill out an information form to be kept on file. Hours vary by YMCA location; please pick up a schedule at the Y.

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.