Programs

The YMCA's health, fitness and sports programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

JOIN US IN THE POOL!
Make a splash with us and join one of our Aqua Fitness classes today!
Aquatic fitness classes are included with your Y membership and are a fun, lower-impact way to get your body moving, improve strength and flexibility, and develop all-around fitness. Classes are offered throughout the week at 9:00am and 7:30pm.

An aqua fitness class is a great way to add something new to your routine and is a great workout for all ages! Aqua fitness can be tailored to challenge everyone from a twenty-something swimmer to an active senior. Do you sometimes feel exposed in a traditional group exercise class? Don’t think you can follow along to a routine? Never fear...the water hides all, leaving you to be more focused on your movements rather than worrying about keeping up with everyone else. Aqua fitness classes are also a great cross-training workout that will improve your performance in other high-impact activities like running, dance or team sports.

Your body will thank you for it! Water’s buoyancy will help avoid the wear and tear on your body that often comes along with working out. Aqua fitness strengthens muscles without stressing vulnerable joints, which makes it great for recovering from sports injuries and water provides equal resistance through your full range of motion, which results in balanced muscle action for your joints. Working out in water is a true full-body workout. Your heart, muscles, and internal organs all benefit.


"Enhance Fitness is a great combination of balance and strength training focused on getting your heart rate up and your body moving." -Dian Nielsen, Enhance Fitness Instructor


DISCOVER ENHANCE FITNESS
Free for members/*$96 non-member

Central Branch | Monday & Friday 10:15-11:15am
West Branch | Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:25am

Instructors will be conducting fitness checks at the 1st and last week of class for all participants.
NO JOIN FEE for participants interested in membership after 16 weeks

What is a fitness check? A 3 step assessment consisting of a sit-and-stand, bicep curl and timed up-and-go test.

*Non-member membership includes 16-week adult membership with full-access to Central & West branch. Take advantage of the Y's full group-ex schedule, both wellness rooms and the pool including our free aqua fitness schedule!

To register, stop by the front desk at either branch or call Central at 630-552-4100, West at 815-786-9998. Program participants are required to attend a minimum of 10 Enhance Fitness classes.


Moderate-impact classes with high-impact results

Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.

Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed:

  • More energy
  • Better balance
  • Increases in upper body and lower body strength
  • More flexibility and range of motion
  • Better sleep
  • More feelings of happiness
  • Sense of independence

In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000. Download our fact sheet for more information.

AMERICAN SAFETY & HEALTH INSTITUTES (ASHI) CPR CLASSES
Join the ranks of those who can spring into action when trouble strikes: sign up today to get certified in CPR and AED. American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) CPR classes are offered at the Y on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Classes are for those ages 12 and over and are $35 for members and $52 for non-members. Contact Aquatics Director, Mike Click, for more information at 630-552-4100 x237

Age 14+  |  $35M/$52NM
*not health care provider

WEDNESDAYS 11:00AM-2:00PM
Jan 8 | Feb 5 | Mar 4 | Apr 8 | May 6

SATURDAYS 9:00AM-12:00PM
Jan 18 | Feb 15 | Mar 14 | Arp 18 | May 16

Age 14+  |  $33M / $45NM  |  (not health care provider)
Saturdays  |  12:30-3:00pm
Jan 18  |  May 16

$140M/$200NM/$105 Staff/ $100 Recertification
Dec 13-15 | Mar 13-15 | May 15-17

The Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program™ (ILTP™) successfully trains lifeguards through proven training methods and state-of-the-art lifeguard rescue skills. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are currently hiring lifeguard positions - in order to qualify for the position, this course is required. Register online or at our Central Branch front desk.

 

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hearts01 red2webThe Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to offer our first Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program. This health initiative is designed to help participants with hypertension lower their blood pressure by following an evidence-based program that combines blood pressure self-monitoring, nutrition education, and personalized support.

The Y developed this program to help individuals better manage hypertension, and improve their overall health. According to the American Heart Association, more than 80 million Americans have high blood pressure, but less than half have it under control. Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording blood pressure at least twice a month over four months may lower blood pressure in some people with hypertension. In addition, evidence shows that proper nutrition, particularly with a reduction in sodium intake, may help reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

“The Fox Valley Family YMCA is proud to launch the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program,” said April Hix, Fox Valley Family YMCA Fitness Director. “The Y is committed to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities by delivering new programs and initiatives.”
 
As part of the Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring program, participants will measure their blood pressure at least two times a month for four consecutive months—a minimum of eight times, and record their blood pressure readings in a self-selected tracking tool. A nutrition education component will encourage the participants to practice healthier eating habits, including reducing sodium in their diet.

The program is facilitated by Healthy Heart Ambassadors, appointed and trained by the Y, who will show participants how to use a blood pressure cuff, encourage self-monitoring and facilitate monthly nutrition education seminars.

The Fox Valley Family YMCA is looking for adults with high blood pressure to take part in this program. For a small investment of time, participants receive:
•    A simple, evidence-based program that may lower blood pressure
•    Personalized support from a Y Healthy Heart Ambassador
•    Tips for maintaining cardiovascular health
•    Easy-to-use, portable self-tracking tool
•    Heart healthy nutrition education seminars

Participants must meet the following criteria to participate in the program:  
•    Must be at least 18 years old
•    Must be diagnosed with high blood pressure
•    Must not have experienced a recent cardiac event
•    Must not have atrial fibrillation or other arrhythmias
•    Must not be at risk for lymphedema

JOIN THE Y'S FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SELF-MONITORING PROGRAM!
Our Healthy Heart Ambassadors will be available for screenings at our Plano Branch (3875 Eldamain Rd.) on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Wednesdays from 12pm to 1pm and Fridays from 10:30am to 11:30am. 

For more information or to take part in the program, contact Fitness Director Michelle LeMaistre at 630-552-4100 x247 or by email at mlemaistreThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SAFE01Safe, Active, Fun, Enrichment - SAFE is our before and after school program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, and Newark school districts. Plano and Yorkville offer AM and PM care. *Please note, Yorkville Grade will no longer offer AM care for the 2019/20 school year.

Morning care begins at 6:30 am. Afternoon care begins immediately after dismissal until 6:00 pm. We offer homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play, and many social opportunities for your child. 

A light, healthy breakfast is served in the morning and a healthy afternoon snack is served. Throughout the year, SAFE students enjoy a variety of themed activities, special holiday parties, and even in-class field trips. Activity Days, Winter Break, and Spring Break camp are included at no additional fee for full-time SAFE students (AM/PM - 5 Days).
 
In addition, all S.A.F.E. students can receive a free youth membership. To activate your child's free membership, simply register for one of our youth sports programs, aquatics programs, gymnastics, dance and/or music lessons. Parents can upgrade their child's youth membership to a Family Membership for just $47/month during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program. Current family memberships will be discounted to $47 during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program.  Maximum discount of Family Membership is $22/month.

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S.A.F.E & Activity Days Overview

The S.A.F.E. program provides an inclusive atmosphere where children are nurtured and encouraged to have fun and cultivate friendships. In the S.A.F.E. program we honor families by allocating time for students to complete homework. We offer assistance with homework when needed. Students may spend homework time reading or being read to. The kids in the S.A.F.E program will have the choice to do arts and crafts, play large group games, have dance parties, play board games and much more to suit all kids interests. We offer a light breakfast in the morning and a snack in the afternoon.  We are a nut-free program.    

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday on all school attendance days
  • Mornings begins at 6:30 am until the school bell
  • Afternoons begins from school bell to 6:00 pm

Payment Options

Payment options and flexible attendance are offered to customize the right care plan for your child.  As a bonus, we include activity days, winter break and spring break camps at no additional charge for our full-time students (5 days AM and PM each week).   

Discount

We are now offering a 10% discount on second child enrollment for our full-time students. Both children must be enrolled full time (5 days AM and PM each week) in order to receive the discount.

Membership

All S.A.F.E. students can receive a free youth membership. To activate your child's free membership, simply register for one of our youth sports programs, swimming, gymnastics or music lessons.  Parents can upgrade their child's youth membership to a Family Membership for just $47/month during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program. Current family memberships will be discounted to $47 during enrollment in the S.A.F.E. program.  Maximum discount off of $69 Family Membership is $22/month.

Staff

Our staff is energetic and well trained with a "kid first" attitude. S.A.F.E. employees complete more than 18 hours of training including DCFS Mandated Reporter, Gateways Child Development, Health, and Safety Basics, CPR certification, First Aid certification and an extensive background check. The S.A.F.E. staff exemplifies Y core values of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty in their work with your children.

Registration

Register for the S.A.F.E. program by visiting the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano or the YMCA in Sandwich.

Payment Information

SAFE is a program that begins on the first day of school and ends on the last day of school.  Payments are calculated by taking the total number of attendance days in the school year and dividing them into equal monthly or semi-monthly payments.   This allows parents to plan for childcare costs.    For students registered August 1, 2019 and later, a $50 registration fee and the first payment are due upon registration. The last monthly payment for the S.A.F.E. school year will be drafted on May 1, 2020.  The last semi-monthly payment for the S.A.F.E.  school year will be May 15, 2020.

ATTENDANCE SEMI-MONTHLY RATE MONTHLY RATE
 AM 1-3 Days  $70 $140
 AM 4-5 Days $115   $230
 PM 1-3 Days  $79  $158
 PM 4-5 Days  $126  $252
 AM & PM 1-3 Days $109  $218
 AM & PM 4-5 Days $179   $358

Financial Assistance

The Fox Valley Family YMCA accepts DHS payments. Additionally, through our generous donors, the YMCA offers financial assistance for those who qualify. Please see a front desk for details.

Activity Days and Camp

Activity Days & Camps are scheduled days off school (non-national holidays) and are from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Activity Days & Camps are held at the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano and Sandwich locations. Activity days or camp days are $35 per day for all part-time SAFE participants. Full-time SAFE participants are no additional charge.  A full-time student is defined as any child who is enrolled for 5 mornings and 5 afternoons per week. All other participants are considered part-time.  You can register by calling 630-552-4100 or 815-786-8914 or online at foxvalleyymca.org.

Sandwich Activity Days

Activity days for Sandwich students will be held at the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano. We will provide drop off at 628 South Main Street, Sandwich from 6:30 am - 9:00 am.  At 9:00 am children will be transported to Central Branch in Plano, they will return to Sandwich for pick-up by 3:30 pm.

Activity Day Registration

All students attending an activity day or camp day are required to be registered. This includes all full time and DHS students. Registration must be completed by the Friday prior to the activity day in order to attend and avoid a late fee of $20. Registration for activity days will be open one month prior to the activity day. Please note: we will no longer be offering registration for full-time students for the entire school year.    

Activity Day Lunches

Lunches are not provided by the Y on activity days & camp days. However, a light breakfast and afternoon snack will be provided.


Please Note: The Fox Valley Family YMCA will make every reasonable effort to accommodate children with special needs.  However, our SAFE program is a recreational program and is not designed to care for children that require 1:1 care on a regular basis.  A family with children requiring 1:1 care on a regular basis must contact the Safe Director prior to enrollment.


Visit our Early Learning Academy for birth to age five Child Care and Preschool options.

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Did you know? In December 1891, at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, the school’s director gave physical education teacher James Naismith two weeks to come up with an indoor winter game to challenge a class of future Y directors. Naismith hung peach baskets to the bottom of a second-level running track and taught the men his new game: basketball. Today, basketball is second only to soccer as the most popular sport in the world.

Winter I Session: January 6-February 22
Winter II Session: February 24-April 11

Ages 5-12  |  $72M/$92NM  |  Central

Y Winners Bball

This league will focus on basic fundamentals, as well as offensive and defensive strategies. IHSA Basketball rules will be progressively enforced at each age level. Practice will be held on Monday or Wednesday at 5pm or 6pm. Games will be held on Saturdays.

REGISTER ONLINE or call 630-552-4100 to register with our front desk.

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YOUTH FLOOR HOCKEY
Ages 5-12  |  January 6-February 22  |  $72M/$92NM  |  Central
Learn to play one of the fastest games in the world! This action-packed class will emphasize the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship while teaching the basic skills of passing, shooting, stick handling, and much more! In addition to the physical gains associated with hockey, there is also something to be said for the mental health benefits that come with playing the game. Exercise itself can improve your mood because of the endorphins that are released. As a form of exercise, floor hockey provides this benefit, but there’s an added brain boost that comes with the sport as well. Floor Hockey demands good decision-making, and honing these skills can also be transferred to everyday life.

Children must bring shin guards. Games will be held on Saturday afternoons. REGISTER ONLINE or with our front desk at 630-552-4100.

Ages 5-12  | March 20 | 6:30-7:30PM | $5

Participants need to provide their own NERF guns, darts and protective eyewear. We will provide the obstacle course. Teams will be divided by age groups.