Child Care

With so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get. That’s why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

At the Y, we offer the options you may be looking for in our Early Childhood Development Programs, Preschool, and Afterschool programs. With locations throughout the Long Island community, our programs have a long history of helping children grow in spirit, mind and body.


2 1⁄2 Year Old Program

Half Day

  • Monday-Friday 9:00am -11:30am or 12:30pm-3:00pm
  • 2 & 3 day options available

Full Day

  • Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm

Half Day PreSchool (3 & 4 years)

  • Monday-Friday 9:00am -11:30am or 12:30pm-3:00pm
  • 2 & 3 day options available

Full Day PreSchool (3 & 4 years)

  • Monday-Friday 8:30am -4:00pm
  • 2, 3, 4, and 5 day options available
  • Extended hours available: 6:45am – 8:30am & 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Universal Pre-K (4 Years)

The Y has created an innovative partnership with the Bay Shore School District offering half-day (AM & PM) pre-kindergarten classes for 4 year olds. Designed as a Kindergarten Readiness Program, this is a statewide program offering free pre-school to 4 year olds at no cost to participants.

  • Monday – Friday 9:00am – 11:30am or 12:30pm – 3:00pm

“Brunch Bunch” or “Lunch Bunch” (4 Years)

  • Bruch Bunch 10:00am – 12:30pm
  • Lunch Bunch 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • 1, 2, & 3 day options

Afterschool Child Care

Our School Age Child Care Program provides a stimulating and safe environment for your child while you work. Staffed by caring and nurturing YMCA professionals, our program offers a variety of exciting activities including games, gym activities, outdoor activities (weather permitting) and arts and crafts. We also offer help with homework, encourage creativity, provide lots of opportunities for fun and laughter and a place where your child (K-6) can thrive.

The Great South Bay YMCA SACC Program operates in the following districts:

Massapequa School District

• Alfred G. Berner Middle School
• Fairfield Elementary School
• Raymond J. Lockhart Elementary School
• Unqua Elementary School
• Birch Lane School
• East Lake Elementary
• John P. McKenna Elementary School

Private School

• Church of St. Rose of Lima

Amityville School District

• Northwest Elementary