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.Contact Branch
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.Register
Daddy Daughter Dance
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. Learn more
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
- 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 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.Email Team Member
Dover YMCA Pre-School Camps
Ages 3 - 6
Preschool Summer Camps
Thank you to all who participated in our 2018 camps. Information on our 2019 camps will be available in the spring.Email Team Member
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.
Preschool Sports Mix
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.Contact Branch
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 AppointmentContact Branch
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 OnlyContact Branch
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.Contact Branch
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.Contact Branch
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.Register
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.Contact Branch
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.EMAIL TEAM MEMBER
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.EMAIL TEAM MEMBER
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.EMAIL TEAM MEMBER
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.Register
YMCA Discovery Time Preschool at St. John Lutheran Church
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.
Scholarships are available to those who qualify.Email Team Member
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 assistance is available to those who qualify. We accept CCW/CCIS fundingContact Director
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.Contact Branch
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.Register