(Ages 3 months - 12 years)

Free child care is available during scheduled hours for YMCA Members who work out in the wellness center, participate in a group exercise class, use the pool or open gym. Ages vary by branch.

Hours Vary by Location

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Creative Dance

Ages 3 - 12

This is a beginner level dance class, pre-ballet or beginner ballet & creative movement. Participants are required to bring ballet shoes, leotard and tights. Classes will run in ten-week sessions.

Time Varies by Age Group

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Creative York Art Classes

Ages 3 - 9

Two classes offered. Art-With-Me is an intro to art workshop for the very young to enjoy with a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or friend. In Art-Around-The-World students will journey around the world, stopping to learn about the art of different cultures. Some of the stops include China, India and Mexico.

Time Varies by Age Group

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Discovery Time YMCA Preschool at St. John Lutheran Church

Ages 2-5

Discovery Time YMCA Preschool at St. John Lutheran Church is located at 175 East Main Street in New Freedom, PA.  Discovery Time provides a high quality preschool program for the community based on age- appropriate practices and Christian beliefs.

This program includes opportunities for children ages 2 to 5 years old, to interact socially with their peers.  The curriculum for all age groups is aligned with the Pennsylvania Core Standards, providing opportunities for developing language skills, math concepts, social skills, gross and fine motor skills, and science discoveries during whole group, small group and individual activities.

The preschool program helps develop a positive self-concept for each child and empathy towards their peers and community.  As part of a community centered program, Discovery Time partners with St. John Lutheran Church on programs and community service projects.

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify; we turn no one away due to inability to pay.

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Dover YMCA Pre-School

Ages 2 - 5

We offer a partial day preschool program at the Bob Hoffman (Dover) YMCA branch. We strive to meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children in a safe and nurturing learning environment for children ages 2-5. As a YMCA program, we will promote the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through our actions and words. Since children learn best by being actively involved, a “hand-on” approach is used in all areas of the curriculum.

We encourage children to explore the world around them by exposing them to a variety of experiences and media. Math activities help each child learn to count and recognize numbers, shapes, and sizes.  Language arts incorporates dramatic play, storytelling, puppets, rhymes, finger plays, expressing thoughts and feelings, and recognizing letters. Art activities encourage creativity, color recognition, and the development of fine motor skills, including early writing skills. Music is used throughout the program to foster music appreciation and develop students’ listening skills and ability to follow directions. Children discover science by studying the weather, learning how plants and animals grow, and exploring how the world around us changes. Children learn to appreciate the world around them by developing an understanding of how their families, friends, community helpers, and organizations come together to build their community. Our 4/5’s and Pre-K classes have gym class and French & sign language built into their curriculum weekly.

We encourage each child to develop:

  • A sense of belonging
  • The capacity to trust people and feel secure with others when away from home
  • A curiosity about the world
  • The ability to take pleasure in learning and exploring the world
  • Independence
  • A positive sense of self and control over one’s own behavior
  • The ability to comprehend language and events, and to express oneself effectively



Admission is based upon the date the registration form and fee are received by the Bob Hoffman YMCA. Children must be the class age they are entering by the first day of that class. Pre-K class students must be 4 or 5 years old. The YMCA accepts children regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or handicap.

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance is available for YMCA programs and membership, thanks in part to United Way and The YMCA Annual Support Campaign. Applications available at the Member Service Desk.

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Girls Intramural Volleyball Program

Ages 4 - 8, 11 - 15

This fun program will enhance your volleyball skills through instruction, drills, practices and games. This program is for girls of all skill levels between grades 4-8 and ages 11-15.

Time Varies by Age Group


Home School Physical Education

Ages 3 - 18

Do you need a place for your homeschoolers to engage in physical exercise as well as develop relationships with their peers? Homeschool programs are available to both YMCA members and prospective members. All of our programs are taught by certified and qualified staff. These are available on either Mondays or Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the York Branch YMCA to children ages 3-18.

Mondays and Wednesdays 1pm – 2pm

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Indoor and Outdoor Soccer

Ages 3 - 6

This program is designed to introduce the sport of soccer and enhance skills in a team format.

January – February, Tuesday 1pm – 1:45pm


Kid Fit

Ages 3 - 6

Offered to teach children about fitness and healthy living. This class is free to members. The class will teach children that fitness is fun and also ways to keep their body, mind, and spirit healthy. The children receive a daily healthy snack during their time in Kid Fit.

January – February, Wednesday 11:45am – 12:15pm

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Little’s Ultimate Sport Class

(Ages 3 - 5 years)

Young athletes will get a chance to play sports like the big kids. All sports including soccer, basketball, kickball and more!

January – February,
Tuesday 1pm – 1:45pm


Preschool Swimming at Southern Stage 1

Ages 3 - 5

This level helps children develop safe pool behavior; adjust to the water, and develop independent movement in the water. It is designed for new swimmers, teaching basic paddle stroke and kicking skills, pool safety, and comfort with holding the face in the water while blowing bubbles and swimming.

Tuesdays 9-9:30am, 5:30-6:00pm

Wednesdays 5:00-5:30pm

Thursdays 11:00-11:30am

Saturdays 9-9:30am


Preschool Swimming at Southern Stage 2

Ages 3 - 5

This advanced beginner level reinforces Pike skills. It is for children who are comfortable in the water. They are taught to kick, dive, float and perform the progressive paddle stroke.

Tuesdays 9:30-10:00am

Wednesdays 5:30-6:00pm

Thursdays 11:45am-12:15pm

Saturdays 9:30-10:00am


Preschool Swimming at Southern Stage 3

Ages 3 - 5

At this level children review previous skills, improve stroke skills, learn personal safety, and rescue skills, build endurance by swimming on their front and back, and learn to tread water and perform progressive diving skills.

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Wednesdays 6:00pm-6:30pm

Thursdays 12:15pm- 12:45pm

Saturdays 10:15-10:45am


Private Swim Lessons

Any Age

These one-on-one lessons offer individuals of any age the chance to learn to improve swimming skills in a private, respectful and safe atmosphere.

By Appointment


Rookie Basketball

Ages 3 - 8

Designed to introduce the sport of basketball and the skills required to join a team. Appropriate basket heights for this age group will be used.

January – February, Monday 5:30pm – 6:15pm

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SafeKids Young Tigers

(Ages 4 - 5 years)

This program for children ages 4 and 5 years old includes fun kicking exercises and martial arts games. Kids develop balance and physical ability as well as self-confidence and goal attainment qualities. Classes are taught by black belt instructors who are parents as well.

Mondays, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Call 717-252-2824

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Any Age

These small group lessons offer individuals of any age the chance to learn to improve swimming skills in a private, respectful and safe atmosphere.

Available at Southern and York branches.

By Appointment Only

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Spring Co-Ed T-Ball League

Ages 4 - 8

For beginners and experienced players. Participants will learn and enhance their baseball/softball skills including throwing, fielding, hitting and more through instruction, practices and games. Youth who are ready to advance past hitting off the tee, will gain “soft-pitch” from the staff and coaches.

Time Varies by Location

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Toddler Time

Ages 16 mo - 24 mo

Toddler Time is a 12-week program. Join other parents, grandparents, babysitters, and friends in the community for a fun class. Move to music, singing, finger plays, small crafts, and parachute play.

January – April, Wednesdays 10:15am – 11:15am

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Water Acclimation

Ages 3 - 5

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of waters in stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a student’s future progress in swimming.

Mondays 10:35 – 11:15 am

Tuesday 5:00pm – 5:40pm

Saturdays 9:45am – 10:25am


Water Discovery

Ages 6 mo - 18 mo

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.

Time Varies by Location


Water Exploration

Ages 19 mo - 36 mo

In stage B, the parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Time Varies by Location


Water Movement

Ages 3 - 5

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

Tuesdays 10:35am – 11:15am, 5:45pm – 6:25pm


Water Stamina

Ages 3 - 5

In stage 3, students learn how to swim to safety from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.

Offered in May and June

Tuesdays 11:20am – 12:00pm


York YMCA Child Development

Ages 1 - 5

Since the 1960’s, the YMCA of York County has been providing a quality, affordable child development program to families in the area. The Y’s Child Development Center’s primary purpose is to provide a quality early learning experience in an environment where parents will know their children are safe and nurtured. This child-centered program provides opportunities for growth, hands-on exploration and child-led learning through play.

Our child development program is licensed by the PA Department of Human Services. At 12-months and walking, children transition to our toddler room where exploration, social skills and language development are key focus areas. As skills develop, older toddlers, starting at 24-months, begin to work on toilet training. Once potty trained, children participate in weekly swimming lessons. Swimming is an important part of the weekly activities in our program.

In addition, the York Branch YMCA has two preschool classrooms for children ages three to five. Using the creative curriculum and learning centers, lesson plans are developed around the observed interests of the children. We strive to develop unique and enriching activities that encompass creative thinking, exploration of science and mathematics, inquiry, discovering, beginning literacy and community involvement.

The preschool classrooms implement the P.A.T.H.S. (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Curriculum to enhance social emotional development. Within this curriculum, children learn to recognize their feelings and appropriate ways to express them.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. We accept CCW/CCIS funding

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