Ages 3 months - 12 years

Free child care is available during scheduled hours for YMCA Members who work out in the wellness center, participate in a group exercise class, use the pool or open gym. Ages vary by branch.

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Creative Dance

Ages 3 - 12

This is a beginner level dance class, pre-ballet or beginner ballet & creative movement. Participants are required to bring ballet shoes, leotard and tights. Classes run in ten-week sessions.  Offered in early fall, early winter and early spring at the Bob Hoffman Dover Branch.


Creative Dance

Ages 3-5

Learn basic pre-ballet movement to simple choreography. Athletic attire required. Please contact Shannon Buhrman at with questions.

Session fee:

Member/$50   Non-Member/$100

Mondays, September 23-December 9

Ages 3-5, 6-6:45 p.m.

Fridays, September 20-December 13 *no class Nov. 29

Ages 3-5, 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.



Daddy Daughter Dance

All ages

Join us for a night of fun at the York Branch YMCA to celebrate a good time with Daddies and Daughters (Grandpas and Uncles are welcome too!) The night includes dancing to music provided by a DJ, refreshments, and quality bonding with friends and family.

May 10, 2020




Dover YMCA Pre-School

Ages 2 - 5

We offer a partial day preschool program at the Bob Hoffman (Dover) YMCA branch. We strive to meet the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of children in a safe and nurturing learning environment for children ages 2-5. As a YMCA program, we will promote the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through our actions and words. Since children learn best by being actively involved, a “hand-on” approach is used in all areas of the curriculum.

We encourage children to explore the world around them by exposing them to a variety of experiences and media. Math activities help each child learn to count and recognize numbers, shapes, and sizes.  Language arts incorporates dramatic play, storytelling, puppets, rhymes, finger plays, expressing thoughts and feelings, and recognizing letters. Art activities encourage creativity, color recognition, and the development of fine motor skills, including early writing skills. Music is used throughout the program to foster music appreciation and develop students’ listening skills and ability to follow directions. Children discover science by studying the weather, learning how plants and animals grow, and exploring how the world around us changes. Children learn to appreciate the world around them by developing an understanding of how their families, friends, community helpers, and organizations come together to build their community. Our 4/5’s and Pre-K classes have gym class and French & sign language built into their curriculum weekly.

We encourage each child to develop:

  • A sense of belonging
  • The capacity to trust people and feel secure with others when away from home
  • A curiosity about the world
  • The ability to take pleasure in learning and exploring the world
  • Independence
  • A positive sense of self and control over one’s own behavior
  • The ability to comprehend language and events, and to express oneself effectively



Admission is based upon the date the registration form and fee are received by the Bob Hoffman YMCA. Children must be the class age they are entering by the first day of that class. Pre-K class students must be 4 or 5 years old. The YMCA accepts children regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or handicap.

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance is available for YMCA programs and membership, thanks in part to United Way and The YMCA Annual Support Campaign. Applications available at the Member Service Desk.

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Dover YMCA Pre-School Camps

Ages 3 - 6

Part-Day Preschool Summer Camps

Our hands on theme based camp for children ages 3 to 6, incorporate outdoor activities, movement, crafts and more. The main theme is FUN! Camps are held Monday – Thursday from 9 – 11:00 A.M. Please register no later than noon Friday prior to the camp to secure a spot. Spaces are limited.

July 8-11 Under the Sea

July 22-25 Down on the Farm

August 5-8 Mini Master Chefs

August 19-22 Life of Pets

Summer Preschool Camp brochure 2019

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Group Basketball Training

Ages 6-11

In a group setting, participants will be divided based on their skill levels and gain skill enhancement above and beyond their current knowledge and abilities. Instruction provided by Kingdom Abound instructors with years of high level play and instructing experience. Program offered on a monthly basis during the months of Oct., and Nov. 2019, for ages 6-11.  Register per month, no later than three business days prior to the start of the upcoming month.

Mondays: 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Beginning October 7th

$25/YMCA Members      $50/ Non-Members (monthly fee)



Kid Fit

Ages 3 - 6

The class will teach children that fitness is fun and also ways to keep their body, mind, and spirit healthy. The children receive a daily healthy snack during their time in Kid Fit.
This program is offered once a week from September through May.

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Parents Night Out

The York and Eastern Branches welcome parents for Parent’s Night out! An opportunity for parents to take the time they need, while their child enjoys a fun-filled evening of games and activities in a safe environment. Second Friday Night of each month. 5:30pm-8pm. Ages 3-11. Free with Family Membership. $10 per child for all others.

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Preschool Sports Mix

Ages 3-5

Sports Mix is a 6 week program that will provide your child with exposure to basketball and soccer. Classes introduce fundamentals through a variety of fun games and activities that will keep your child moving. This class gives the child an introduction to the specific sport classes that we teach at the Y.

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Private Swim Lessons

Instructional swim for any age

These one-on-one lessons offer individuals of any age the chance to learn to improve swimming skills in a private, respectful and safe atmosphere.  By Appointment

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SafeKids Young Tigers

(Ages 4 - 5 years)

This program for children ages 4 and 5 years old includes fun kicking exercises and martial arts games. Kids develop balance and physical ability as well as self-confidence and goal attainment qualities.

Call 717-252-2824

Semi-Private Swim Lessons

Instructional swim for any age

These small group lessons offer individuals of any age the chance to learn to improve swimming skills in a private, respectful and safe atmosphere.  By Appointment Only

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T-Ball – Spring Co-Ed League

Ages 4 - 8

For beginners and experienced players. Participants will learn and enhance their baseball/softball skills including throwing, fielding, hitting and more through instruction, practices and games. Youth who are ready to advance past hitting off the tee, will gain “soft-pitch” from the staff and coaches. This program begins in early April and is held at the Bob Hoffman YMCA only.

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Toddler Time

Ages 15 mo - 2 1/2 years old

Toddler Time is a 12-week program. Join other parents, grandparents, babysitters, and friends in the community for a fun class. Move to music, singing, finger plays, small crafts, and parachute play.

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Turkey Trot 5K

Join us for our 23rd Annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday, November 28, 2019 and burn some calories before your feast! Led by our biking turkey, this fun race is a great family activity that many have made a Thanksgiving Day tradition.  Learn more.


Water Acclimation

Instructional swim ages 3 - 5

Students develop comfort with underwater exploration and learn to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water in Stage 1. This stage lays the foundation that allows for a students future progress in swimming.

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Water Discovery

Instructor led for ages 6 month - 18 months

Parents accompany children in stage A, which introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment through exploration and encourages them to enjoy themselves while learning about the water.


Water Exploration

Instructor led for ages 19 - 36 months

In stage B, the parents work with their children to explore body positions, floating, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.


Water Movement

Instructional swim ages 3 - 5 and 6 - 12

In stage 2, students focus on body position and control, directional change, and forward movement in the water while also continuing to practice how to safely exit in the event of falling into a body of water.


Water Stamina

Instructional swimming ages 3 - 5

In Stage 3, students learn how to swim from a longer distance than in previous stages in the event of falling into a body of water. This stage also introduces rhythmic breathing and integrated arm and leg action.


YMCA Discovery Time Preschool at St. John Lutheran Church

Ages 2-5

Located at 175 East Main Street in New Freedom, PA, Discovery Time Preschool provides a high quality preschool program to the community based on age-appropriate practices and Christian beliefs. Activities and curriculum that align with the Pennsylvania Core Standards promote social interaction, language development, math and science concepts, and gross and fine motor skills in a setting that promotes self-concept and empathy for each child. Discovery Time preschool partners with St. John Lutheran Church on programs and community service projects.


Pricing Chart


Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

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York YMCA Child Development

Ages 1 - 5

Since the 1960’s, the YMCA of York County has been providing a quality, affordable child development program to families in the area. The Y’s Child Development Center’s primary purpose is to provide a quality early learning experience in an environment where parents will know their children are safe and nurtured. This child-centered program provides opportunities for growth, hands-on exploration and child-led learning through play.

Our child development program is licensed by the PA Department of Human Services. At 12-months and walking, children transition to our toddler room where exploration, social skills and language development are key focus areas. As skills develop, older toddlers, starting at 24-months, begin to work on toilet training. Once potty trained, children participate in weekly swimming lessons. Swimming is an important part of the weekly activities in our program.

In addition, the York Branch YMCA has two preschool classrooms for children ages three to five. Using the creative curriculum and learning centers, lesson plans are developed around the observed interests of the children. We strive to develop unique and enriching activities that encompass creative thinking, exploration of science and mathematics, inquiry, discovering, beginning literacy and community involvement.

The preschool classrooms implement the P.A.T.H.S. (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) Curriculum to enhance social emotional development. Within this curriculum, children learn to recognize their feelings and appropriate ways to express them.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. We accept CCW/CCIS funding

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Youth Basketball

Ages 4-11

For ages 4-11 who wish to learn and expand on the fundamentals of basketball through instruction, practices, and games. Appropriate basket heights for each age group. Begins in early December at the York and Bob Hoffman Branches, and again in early April at the York Branch. Program also begins in November and again in January at the Southern Branch.

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Youth Soccer

Ages 4 - 11

This program for ages 4-11, is designed to introduce the sport of soccer and enhance skills in a team format through instruction, practice, and games. Outdoor soccer begins in mid-September at the York, Bob Hoffman, and Southern Branches. Indoor soccer begins in early February at the York and Bob Hoffman Branches, and November and March at the Southern Branch.