School's Out Days

As we face school closings due to COVID-19 precautions, the Y would like to open our doors to children in our community. Starting Monday, March 16th, we will be running School's Out Days every weekday 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Although the Y is closed for all other purposes, these School's Out Days will continue until further notice.

To register your child for these days, please complete the required documentation below and bring it to the Kankakee Area YMCA. You will also be able to register in person up to the day of the School's Out Day, as long as all required documentation is provided.

Download the Registration Packet here

Weekly payment options



Daily payment options




Before & After School Child Care

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 at 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 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.


Full-time payment options (AM & PM)

MEMBERS: $240/month/child

PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: $260/month/child

Weekly payment options

MEMBERS: $40/week/child (AM)....................................$60/week/child (PM)

PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: $45/week/child (AM)..........$65/week/child (PM)

Partial week payment options (1-2 days a week)

MEMBERS: $18/week/child (AM).....................................$26/week/child (PM)

PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: $20/week/child (AM)...........$30/week/child (PM)

Partial week payment options (3-4 days a week)

MEMBERS: $36/week/child (AM).....................................$54/week/child (PM)

PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: $40/week/child (AM)..........$60/week/child (PM)

A non-refundable registration fee of $50 per family is due at time of registration. Automatic EFT required.

10% discount for additional children.