Before & After School Child Care

The Kankakee Area YMCA's Y-Kids program is here for those who need before and after school care for school-aged children in our area. Working with the Kankakee County schools, we have developed a program to serve as many children!

This year, we are offering our typical before and after school child care on-site at Avis Huff to serve Kankakee School District schools, Liberty and Shepard to serve Bourbonnais School District schools, and remote learning at the Y to serve all other schools in our area. Remote learning at the Y has both full-time and part-time options that will aid in the at-home, remote learning provided by the student's school.

Please click the buttons below to view more details about how to register, rates, and the Y's remote learning schedule.




Our Promise 

We're the YMCA. Meeting the needs of children, strengthening families, and building strong communities have always been, and remain, central to the YMCA mission. As a part of this mission, we promise that YMCA child care programs will:

Assist children in developing positive attitudes of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility for themselves and others.

Offer programs that are safe, enriching, and developmentally appropriate. We challenge children to grow in imagination, creativity, self-directed initiative, and leadership.

Employ caring people who are trained to help children set limits and develop their own self-control. Staff will become counselors to the children, developing friendships that promote trust, sharing, and openness.

Supplement the child's experience at school and home, creating partnerships with school staff and parents.

Enable families of all income levels to participate in all YMCA programs, including child care. No one will be turned away due to the inability to pay.

Focus on individual children and help them, one life at a time.

Program Elements

An array of daily learning experiences in the program can be found in our Activity Centers.  These choices, based on age-appropriate activities in a child-centered, fun environment, offer our children a chance to learn, to imagine, to relax—a chance to grow.

  • Dramatic Play
  • Creative Art
  • Quiet Time
  • Active Games
  • Manipulative and Table Games
  • Building
  • Music
  • Discovery & Science
Character Development

The four core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility form the basis for all activities in the Kankakee Area YMCA Child Care Program. Our staff model YMCA values and assist children in developing positive attitudes based on these core values.

School's Out Days

More information is coming soon.