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.


We provide a reliable, safe, and fun environment for your child to prepare for their school day and unwind from it.  We offer Before/After School Care, Out-of-School Day Care, as well as After School programs. Academic support from caring role models enriches your child’s educational experience and enables families to spend more quality time together.


  • Licensed
  • Before/After School Care
  • Out-of-School Days
  • Holiday Break Day Camps
  • Low child-teacher ratios
  • Healthy Eating
  • YMCA After School Curriculum
  • Physical Activity
  • Financial Assistance available to those who qualify


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 program location from the map below to display the phone number and email address of the local child care supervisor.


  • Preschool: A play-based, Spanish-English bilingual for ages 2.9-5. This year-round program is designed to enhance each child's mind, body, and spirit in an atmosphere that builds a positive self-image. All children are welcome regardless of the language spoken at home.
  • Y-Achievers: Y-Achievers is an afterschool program for middle school students with a focus on homework assistance and academic skill building. We provide an enviroment for learning and studying in which students of all skills and abilities can thrive.

Before and Afterschool Care

  • Summer Camps: The YMCA provides a safe, fun, and educational environment for children where they learn to respect other participants, their environment, and their own abilities. We help children develop an appreciation for our diverse community. We also strive to incorporate the YMCA  values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY in our programs.


  • Summer Camps: We pride ourselves on the quality and innovation of our programming. We offer the best classic day camp experience – from games of capture the flag and kickball, to singing camp songs, and making lanyards and friendship bracelets, we excel at bringing camp to live. At the same time we keep our camp unique with exciting field trips throughout the Bay Area, guest speakers and performances from around Berkeley, and innovative programs such as our Summer Learning Loss Initiative.

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Before and After School care

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

San Ramon

Before and After School care

  • Alamo
  • Golden View
  • Rancho Romero
  • Twin Creeks


Child Care Locations

  • School Age Locations
  • Preschool Locations
  • Both

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.