YMCA OF COLUMBIA-WILLAMETTE

FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
FOR HEALTHY LIVING
FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Clark County Family YMCA

11324 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682

Y Time

What is Y Time?

Our Y Time program is more than just care for children; it’s an opportunity to learn, create, play, empower and grow. Our highly trained and caring staff have a shared commitment to excellence in service and child development.

Y Time staff will welcome your child in a warm and safe environment. With a wide range of activities to stimulate your child’s creativity, self-esteem and independence. Our values-based program will help young children learn essential social, physical and intellectual building blocks. For children 6 weeks to 8 years.

Y Time Policies

Drop Off
  1. Plan a few extra minutes to sign your child into our computer system. Our system allows for a secure Y Time experience by providing safety stickers for child and parents with names, phone numbers and medical information. Parents will also receive text alerts if the child needs bathroom help or is upset.
  2. No reservations needed, Y Time is a drop in program. We offer a place for women to breastfeed babies.
Parent Policies
  1. Parents must remain in the facility while child is signed into our care.
  2. There is a strict limit of two hours per day per child to play in Y Time. Time does not have to be consecutive.
  3. The parent signing in must have a mobile phone with them so they can receive text alerts as needed.
  4. Children must be kept home if they have a sore throat, colored mucous, fever, diarrhea, shot reactions, or vomiting. If your child appears sick, you will be asked to take them home. Staff will make the decision as to whether or not the child is too sick to remain in Y Time.
  5. Y Time is a food free zone. Milk for babies is the only exception. Please no nut milks.
  6. Parents are not allowed past the gate in Y Time.
  7. Parents are asked to change their child’s diaper or take their child to the bathroom before signing into Y Time.
  8. Staff members will not change diapers. Parents will be sent a text alert requesting them to come and change their child’s diaper.

 

Children Policies
  1. Closed toe shoes are required for all children over the age of one year or any mobile children younger than one year.
  2. Children must stay in their appropriate age group while in Y Time.
  3. No personal items such as toys, blankets, or electronics may be brought into Y Time. Label all belongings and hang outside on hooks.
  4. Y Time has a zero tolerance for biting, hitting, and bullying. Both sets of parents will be informed. Y Time staff reserve the right to send a child home. If behavior continues, supervisor will meet with parents to discuss further action.
  5. Children who appear ill or become sick will be asked to return home until they are better.
  6. Staff will redirect unkind behaviors. If redirection doesn't work, the parent will be sent a text alert.
  7. Children potty training must wear a Pull Up while in Y Time.
  8. If an accident occurs, the parent must fully change child’s clothes and shoes or remove the child from Y Time.
Tips For Success
  1. It is okay and normal for a child to cry the first time they are dropped off. Most children become actively engaged within 10–15 minutes after a parent leaves. If the child does not feel comfortable after that amount of time, staff will send a text alert to parent.
  2. Stay positive. If you are apprehensive about leaving your child, they will feed off your emotions. If they sense that you are afraid or upset, they will be too.
  3. Always say goodbye! Sneaking out after drop off will make the transition harder, because your child eventually will look around to find you have gone and may panic.
  4. Stay consistent and keep coming. A new place can be scary. Once they have adjusted to Y Time, it will become an enjoyable experience for them and you.
  5. You may check in with staff (out of child’s sight) for your own sense of comfort after saying goodbye, but don’t re-enter the room if your child is crying or has not calmed down after you said your goodbye. It will help your child learn to adjust to the separation and learn to be comforted by staff.


Monthly Schedule

As a mission-driven program, we strive to teach our Y Time participants the value of our christian principles. Each month we incorporate a different principle into our teaching, interactions, and activities with children. 

January | Responsibility
February | Love
March | Honesty
April | Service
May | Respect
June | Love
July | All Five Values
August | All Five Values
September | Responsibility
October | Honesty
November | Respect
December | Service
 

Parent's Night Out

Can't remember the last time you ate a meal out that didn't come with crayons? Drop your children off in a safe, structured environment where kids are able to play, make crafts and wind down with a movie while you slip away kid free for a few hours. Visit our event calendar for upcoming Parent's Night Out. 

Age Groups

  • 6 weeks to 11 months
  • 1 year to 2 years
  • 3 years to 5 years
  • 6 years to 8 years
  • 9 years to 11 years (Swimming)

Drop Off

Early drop—off for members only | 5 PM
Drop off for non-members | 6 PM

Register

Since spots fill up quickly, parents must register in advance. Call Clark County Membership or sign up online

Cost

Early Drop off—for members only: $4 per child 
Member: $10 per child 
Program Participant: $20 per child