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.

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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High School Hoops (ages 14-18)
Wednesdays  |  5-7:00pm

Middle School Madness (ages 11-13)
Mondays  |  5-7:00pm 


Open gym basketball for ages 11-18 is supervised co-ed pick-up games.
Free for members/$5 drop-in for non-members.

Age 14+  |  $33M / $45NM  |  (not health care provider)
June 15  |  Saturday  |  12-2:30pm

September 13-15
$140M/$108NM/$100 Recertification
The Ellis & Associates International Lifeguard Training Program™ (ILTP™) successfully trains lifeguards through proven training methods and state-of-the-art lifeguard rescue skills.

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

New this year. 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

S.A.F.E. 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 prior to July 31, 2019, the first draft on August 15th will include a $40 registration fee along with a two-week payment. For students registered August 1, 2019, and later, a $50 registration fee and the two-week payment for August will be due upon registration. All bank drafts for the remainder of the year will begin September 1, 2019. 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.


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

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ages 4-6  |  $55M/$80NM  |  august 30 - October 18

Slide into fun at the FVFY! All of our t-ball participants will focus on learning the basics of t-ball. This is a great introductory sport where your athlete will learn how to catch, throw, and bat off of a hitting tee. Come join the fun on Thursday evenings!

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.

October 21 - December 14
Ages 5-12  |  $70M/$90NM  |  CentralY 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 Monday or Wednesday at 5pm or 6pm. Games will be held on Saturday.

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

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August 27 - October 19
Ages 5-12 | $82M/$103NM | Central
NFL FLAG is the premier youth football league for boys and girls. This league is designed to educate children about the game while emphasizing participation and sportsmanship. NFL FLAG participants wear official NFL jerseys. Practice will be held Tuesday or Thursday at 5pm or 6pm. Games will be held on Saturday afternoon.

REGISTER ONLINE

AIKIDO
Ages 6+ | Tuesday/Thursday(Monthly) | 7:30-8pm(6-12 year olds) 8-9pm(13+) | $20M/$40NM | Central

In this modern, Japanese martial art, the student will learn to use his/her opponent’s energy against them rather than using force against force. Safety is stressed and students will be taught to fall safely and to work in a cooperative manner with their training partners. Register online or with our front desk at 630-552-4100.