Trusted by parents nationwide.

The YMCA of the Central Bay Area provides high quality, affordable Preschool and Before & After School child care to nearly 1,000 children, giving them a safe and enriching start to learning while mom and dad are at work.

Like you, we want to give your kids everything they need to become confident children today and healthier, happier grown-ups tomorrow. That’s why our YMCA Child Care curriculum incorporates daily physical activity, creative learning, individual attention and parent involvement into a variety of age-appropriate activities that focus on character development. Through independent exploration, structured activities and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science and social studies concepts, all while having fun and making friends in a positive and encouraging environment.

For our Preschool programs, activities are planned to provide the perfect blend of fun and learning for your children, allowing kids to be kids while ensuring that they’re ready to enter kindergarten. Once they’re in school, our Before & After School program provides your kids with the time, space and support they need to do their homework, explore their talents and interests and cultivate a lifelong appreciation for learning.

For more information or to register, select a Child Care location from the map below to display the phone number and email address of the local child care supervisor.



Before and Afterschool Care


Mount Diablo

Before and After School Childcare

  • Hidden Valley
  • Mountain View
  • Strandwood
  • Valhalla
  • Woodside

San Ramon

  • Preschool
  • Gale Ranch

Before and After School Childcare

  • Alamo
  • Golden View
  • Rancho Romero
  • Twin Creeks


Child Care Locations

  • School Age Locations
  • Preschool Locations
  • Both

As part of the YMCA of the USA, we are the largest provider of child care services in the United States, leaders in the field of early childhood education and one of the most trusted names in child care nationwide.

All of our YMCA Child Care centers in the Central Bay Area are licensed by the State of California Community Care Licensing Division and each location is visited by a Licensing Representative on a regular basis to ensure we are providing a safe and healthy environment for the children in our care.

Cost & Financial Assistance

The cost of child care at the YMCA varies by age group and specific location, so please contact the locations nearest you for rates. Financial assistance for child care at the YMCA is available at all locations for those who qualify.

Drop-in Care

Find it hard to exercise with your kids at your feet? With Childwatch, the Y keeps an eye on your little ones while you focus on you.

Separate from the Y’s Child Care program, Childwatch is an affordable drop-in child care service. Cost varies by branch. Other drop-in programs for children, such as Babygym, Kindergym or Fit Kids, may also be available at your local Y. Talk to your local Y for more information about specific programs and membership benefits.