Where Care Meets Achievement
The YMCA offers programs to help your child succeed in the classroom. Whether you're a new parent looking to learn how to best prepare your young one for school, or looking for a fun, enriching place for your older child to spend time after school until you get off work, the YMCA has programs aimed at helping giving them the best chance at a bright future. Our Two Much Fun Class and Discovery Preschool introduce children into the fun world of learning. The Ottawa Y runs a Before and After School Program at The Ottawa YMCA and at Wallace Grade School in Ottawa. The Y also offers a Summer Day Camp Program at the YMCA location only.
Scholarships for YMCA After School Program are available thanks to the LaSalle County United Way and the Ottawa YMCA Annual Campaign
YMCA Discovery Preschool & Summer Preschool Camps
At Discovery Preschool we’ve found that the key ingredient to learning is that children feel comfortable with themselves and the learning environment. Our programs teach children that school is a safe place with nurturing teachers who help them identify, communicate and regulate their own emotions. Our goal is for children to always be asking, thinking and hypothesizing about the way the world works, not simply repeating what they are told. In addition, all our children receive swim lessons twice a week!
Two Much Fun Class
We believe that Two-Year-Olds are like "sponges" that absorb information. Two-Year-Olds are exposed to colors, numbers, and reasoning and listening skills. Our program is a very flexible one that can adapt to the rapidly changing skill levels and needs of the classes. We provide an inviting atmosphere that encourages a sense of fun and discovery. Our main goals are social interaction with other children,a positive separation from parents, and listening and following simple verbal directions.They learn through free play in centers, circle time through songs, stories and dances, creative art, and play .
Ottawa YMCA After School Program-At The Ottawa Y
Before school starts at 6:30am and the bus will pick the children up at the Y and deliver them to school. The Y will provide a light breakfast snack and activity or homework help before school.
Our staff is fun, friendly, and carefully selected for your children! They are all trained in First Aid/CPR and are taught to engage children to ensure they build self- esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and make long lastingfriendships and memories. Registration and weekly fees apply.Scholarships are available by appointment 815-433-2395
Ottawa YMCA After School Program-At Wallace School
The same great care by qualified staff, right at Wallace Grade School in Ottawa. Half Days provided at Wallace School. Full Day care provided at YMCA location only.
YMCA Summer Day Camp
Remember the fun of summer when you were a kid? Exploring the outdoors, spending time with friends, playing games and splashing in the pool? At Y Day Camp,we create an exciting, safe environment for kids to have an unforgettable summer of fun. And while they’re taking part in unique experiences and adventures, they’re also building self-esteem, developing interpersonal skills and making lasting friendships and memories.
Wiggles & Giggles
Wiggles & Giggles is our new parent and child class for 1-2 year olds. This shorter class with parent is great to introduce little onces to the concept of classes without the separation anxiety. Led by our Youth and Family Director Guylene Strange who has over 25 years experience in teaching little ones.