Youth Development

Child Care


Our Child Care program is a licensed Child Care Program that is committed to quality. Our program is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages 6 weeks through 5 years as a Kindergarten readiness program. We provide experiences that enhance and enrich each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. We believe that experiences during the early years of life influence how children view their world, how they relate to others and their ability to succeed as learners. Within the center's daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, to explore the environment, to develop problem solving and personal interaction skills and to develop concepts through experiences.


Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-directed activities and teacher-assisted activities. Staff serves as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child's needs. Lesson plans and daily reports are shared with the parents weekly and daily. Parents are provided weekly email newsletters to stay current on weekly events and family events planned in the future. This allows parents to become even more involved in their child's classroom experience. We operate under all licensing regulations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Division of Licensing.  In addition, we implement criteria created from the Minnesota Parent Aware rating scale and aim to receive the highest level rating possible as well as incorporate guidelines developed by the YMCA of the USA.  

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Our programs are designed with developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. We provide a warm, caring and fun environment that stimulates their natural curiosity and encourages personal expression. Children develop communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills through play, interaction with other children, and exploration of their environment. At the core of all YMCA programs we teach values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


The Y uses The Creative Curriculum® as the foundation for creating the best programs for children.  The result is a comprehensive curriculum with a clean organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and learning experiences. Developmentally appropriate programs foster joyful and purposeful learning while they address specific needs.


YMCA Child Care Curriculum is developed from the following:

  • Specific needs and interests of the children
  • Talents and abilities of staff
  • Creative and safe opportunities to learn through play
  • Resources within the YMCA and the surrounding community
  • An active Parent Advisory Committee



6:45 AM – 5:45 PM, Monday through Friday.
We offer daily rates, weekly rates (up to 45 hours of Care) and extended weekly rates (45 hours or more) to fit the needs of most families. 




To set up a personal tour or to find out more information, we welcome you to Contact Rachel Potapenko by phone at 320-262-8300 for our Spicer location or contact Haley Braun by phone at 320-403-2259 for our Willmar location.  Upon enrollment, families are required to complete the necessary paperwork including current immunization records and health care summary form.



School Age Child Care

Engage Beyond the School Day with the YMCA Before and After School Age Child Care Program. You can relax knowing that with us your kids are getting their daily dose of FUN, Homework Assistance, Character Development, Enrichment, Fitness and Programming Options geared to provide evenings as a family. Bus Transportation is included and features STEM based programming, Art enrichment activities, and Fitness and Swim Lesson add on options. Enrollment is open now, sign up today or contact Troy or call (320) 894-5600 for more information. Give your family great start this fall with the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA.

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Dedicated staff lead games, crafts, swimming and much more.  School's Out runs from 6:45 am-5:45pm and is open to all elementary aged youth.

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Parent's Night Out (NEW)

Enjoy some free time, while your children enjoy activities with friends supervised by trained staff.  Activities include arts & crafts, games, free play, and a movie if there is time.  Pizza will be served from 5:30 - 6:00 pm.  Always the 2nd Friday of the month from 5:30 -  8:30 pm.  Contact Troy for more information. 

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