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 offer youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

2016/17 Winter Sessions
Winter I: January 9 - March 4
Winter II: March 6 - April 22

2017 Spring Sessions
Spring I: April 24 - June 10

Y FamilyWhat some of our Early Learning Academy parents are saying…

"I wanted to thank you and all of the teachers Lukas has had over the last four years. We picked the Y based upon meeting you and learning about the program you put together and we couldn't have been happier with the choice. He has come so far from being the shy little boy that didn't want to leave my side and I have everyone there to thank. At kindergarten registration, they complimented the preschool program that prepared him so well and said they were going to have a hard time challenging him in class. Everyone has done a wonderful teaching and taking care of him and I just can't thank you all enough! - Robyn L.

 

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you and your staff have done for Skye over the past few years. I have been so happy with the level of care that the YMCA staff has provided to Skye. I’ve never had to worry that she would be well cared for and I can definitely tell that the teachers care deeply for Skye and she for them.”  - Miranda K.

 

"We feel so lucky to be part of the Y's Early Learning Academy family! Our boys love their teachers and all the learning and playing that goes on throughout the day. Plus, the added benefit of being able to enroll them in enrichment classes like swim lessons, gymnastics, or sports makes their day at school even more fulfilling." - James M.

 

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of Abby this year. Finding a daycare we could trust to care for our first born was not an easy decision, but you impressed us from the very beginning. It means a lot to us to know that Abby is in good hands." - Jillian S.

 

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of Maddy! Going back to work was hard, but knowing I was leaving Maddy in your caring hands made it so much easier. I really appreciate the love and caring you gave to Maddy this year and all of the fun projects and experiences she had with you! I appreciate the photos and keepsakes from her time in the Infant room.

 

"Odi and I cannot thank you enough to tell you how blessed we have been these past months to have had all your love, guidance, patience, and care. Odi knows all that he does thanks to you ladies."

 

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In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CARLEE!
After Y preschool in 1999, Carlee attended SAFE, swim lessons, and played youth basketball over the years. In 2013, she was hired as a SAFE Counselor. In 2015, she expanded her role to School Aged Child Care Coordinator. Her Y story has built an incredible foundation of community, togetherness, and youth development, which she says has “ultimately guided her career path in School Social Work”. She will complete her Master's Degree in School Social Work this May and says she “will forever value the Fox Valley Family YMCA for all that it has done in my life and the lives of others”.

Hang-out with Carlee at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET BRADY!
Brady first joined the Y in 2003 playing Soccer and Flag Football and then went on to add Basketball and Floor Hockey. This will be his 3rd summer as a camp counselor.  “I really enjoy playing soccer with the kids and helping some learn how to throw a football. The positive atmosphere and energy always get me excited to see everyone the next day,” says Brady. Brady is currently a rising junior studying Industrial Engineering at Penn State - University Park where he carries a 3.0+ GPA as a student-athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams.

Hang-out with Brady at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

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YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE 
Ages 4-11  |  April 10 - May 27  |  $70M/$90NM  |  Central
This league is designed to develop skills and an understanding of the game.Teams are co-ed and practice will be held once a week. Practice will be held Monday or Wednesday at 5 pm or 6 pm. Games are on Saturday mornings. REGISTER ONLINE

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A gymnastics birthday party at the Y means fun in our foam pit and exciting races through our obstacle course! The Y provides pizzas, juice, tableware, and even the cake - this is all included in the price. Plus, a YMCA Gymnastics staff member will be on hand to run the party from start to finish.  The best part is, we do all the clean-up!

$145M / $225NM  |  Ages 6+  |  Up to 12 children*
All parties run two hours, for up to 12 children. Gymnastics parties can be held some Saturdays and most Sundays. Two weeks notice is needed to secure party date.
*To accommodate a party larger than 12, please ask about our “Big Party” package. 

Contact Kaylie to book your party today!
(630) 552-4100 ext. 243
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The Y offers many different themed parties.  Click here for more info.

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Ages 2-3  |  January 10 - February 21, 2017  |  $25M/$35NM  |  Central
This program allows parent and child some quality sports time. Help them learn the basics of multiple sports. Parents participate with your child to encourage and guide them through soccer, t-ball, basketball, floor hockey, and football. This seven week class runs Tuesdays from 10-10:30am OR Thursdays from 10-10:30am.

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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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FOX VALLEY FLYERS SPORT CUSTOM FLOOR ROUTINES

For Chloé Oelker, this competitive gymnastics season is like no other; with a new season comes all new floor routines for her level 6 & 7 gymnasts.  And by new, we’re talking: last year’s trends are out and forget about those pre-purchased templates.

A custom choreographed floor routine for each competitive gymnast is no small task but Chloé finds joy in pulling from her own gymnastics, dance and music background.  An extensive performing arts background that includes over 14 years of dance in the Fox Valley community, 15 years of violin and 6 years of gymnastics training.

After 6 years of instructing, she’s a pro at getting to know each gymnast; taking in their personality, skill level and even their taste in music.  Her goal is to find the perfect niche between tumbling, dance and music.  And while her focus is on technique, she also values the importance of making the routines fun.

Erin Doles, a level 6 Fox Valley Flyer from Yorkville, says, “Chloé knows how to bring out my personality, she picks music I can dance to and really express myself. ”

At the drawing board, she constructs an outline for each routine that sticks to the extensive rules and requirements in place by USA Gymnastics.  Then, she adds music, sometimes taking up to 6 hours to edit a song!  So, not only will no other routine look like Chloé’s, no other routine will sound like it, either.

Click here to learn more about our gymnastics program including classes for all ages and skill levels.

Above: Erin "mirrors" Chloé while learning her new floor routine.

Below: Chloé spots Erin's tumbling pass.

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.

Y Winners BballJune 17 - August 5
Ages 4-11  |  $55M/$80NM  |  Central
This league will focus on fundamentals and offensive and defensive strategies. IHSA Basketball rules will be progressively enforced at each age level. Teams will be given a weekly practice slot, and games will be held on Saturdays starting at 9 am. Teams are co-ed and league fee includes t-shirt/jersey. REGISTER ONLINE or at our front desk.

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Ages 4-6  |  June 17 - August 5, 2017  |  $55M/$80NM  |  Central
We will focus on building the basic fundamentals of our participants. Instructional drills will be taught at the beginning of class and then kids will play in a game setting during the second half. Practice is held on Tuesday evenings. Register online or at our front desk.

TBA  |  $35M/$45NM  |  Central
3rd-4th grade  |  5th-6th grade  |  7th-8th grade
Test your throwing and dodging skills on the court in a fun and safe environment. Teams will have a max of nine players and will play up to seven games, tournament style, in 60 minutes. Each team will have its own coach/sponsor to make sure safe play is practiced. All skill levels are welcome. Register online or at our front desk.