Children are like sponges—they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our Child Care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do their homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

YMCA Child Care is a place for children to explore, learn, feel safe, cared for and celebrated. We encourage positive relationships between the children, child care staff and parents to ensure a high-quality experience for the children.

At the Y, our goal is to:

  • Help children develop to their fullest potential
  • Support and strengthen the family unit
  • Deliver child care in a safe and positive environment
  • Teach, model, celebrate, practice, praise, and reinforce the YMCA core values of: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility
  • Foster health and well-being for children and families

For information on any of our childcare programs, please call 509 777 9622.

YMCA of the Inland Northwest Child-Safety Statement

Child Safety at the YMCA of the Inland Northwest

At the YMCA, the safety and well-being of children in our care always has been our top priority. Creating safe environments where children can learn, grow, and thrive is essential to the YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s ability to strengthen community.

What We Do: 

  • All staff and volunteers are run through the national sex offender registry.
  • All staff and volunteers are run through the WA State Patrol background check in addition to a criminal background check for every county they have lived for the past 7 years.
  • All staff and volunteers are required to sign the Code of Conduct which speaks to child safety protocols and child abuse prevention.
  • All staff and volunteers are required to do Child Abuse Prevention training upon employment and every year thereafter.
  • Child Abuse Prevention is included in the New Employee Orientation
  • Background checks are rerun for staff and volunteers every two years or if they return after a 60-day absence.
  • Child care staff are required to attend 10 hours of mandatory trainings annually, undergo background clearance (renewed every 3 years), and fingerprinting through Dept. of Children, Youth & Families.
  • All members and guests over 18 years old at YMCA facilities are screened through the National Sex Offender registry.

All staff are mandatory reporters of any alleged or perceived child abuse (to CPS and law enforcement). Any violations of our Child Abuse Prevention policies are investigated promptly and thoroughly to ensure we provide a safe environment for the children we serve.

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Assistance may be available through DSHS, State Third-Party

You will need the following prior to registration:

  • Contact your caseworker to set up services
  • Provide DSHS with the Provider Number for your care
  • DSHS Authorizations need to be sent to the YMCA
  • Co-pay paid in advance of the first month of attendance
  • YMCA Registration Form (select Provider Number above for the correct school) mail or deliver to: YMCA, 1126 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201.

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Invest In Your Child’s Future

The Central YMCA Children’s Center places your infant, toddler, and preschooler in a caring and supportive environment where they will engage in individual development and learning. Our children enjoy their ‘work’ each day as they learn through hands-on learning environments and activities. Following a developmentally age-appropriate curriculum and activities, your child gets exactly what they need.

For tour and registration information specifically for the Early Learning Center at the Central YMCA, please contact Tammy Landsiedel509 777 9622x 4520. For any other childcare program inquiries, please call 509 777 9622.

The Central YMCA Children’s Center offers Full-Time Childcare, Mon – Fri: 7am-6pm for children 4 weeks – 5 years.

*Program closures due to weather will be in alignment with Spokane Public Schools all-district closures, or when the Central Y facility has been closed by the YMCA.

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FREE Preschool

This YMCA program is held at the Manito United Methodist Church, 3220 S. Grand Blvd, Spokane

ECEAP is a comprehensive, state-funded preschool program providing free educational services and support to eligible children and their families. ECEAP provides children with a high-quality preschool classroom experience, in addition to comprehensive services for the whole child.

ECEAP Provides:

  • Part-day preschool  |  Mon – Thu  |  8:30-11:30am OR 12:30 – 3:30pm
  • Nutritious meals & snacks
  • Health screenings
  • Family support

Who is eligible?:

  • Children 3-4 years old who are:
    • From a family with a low annual income. Check your income eligibility
    • Qualify for school district Special Education services
    • Have developmental or environmental risk factors that could affect school success

To start the application process email us at eceap@ymcainw.org  or call 509 359 2024.

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Early Childhood Program and ECEAP

Located on Eastern Washington University’s campus:

  • Care for children 6 weeks to 10 years old
  • Child-centered programming to EWU Students, faculty, staff, and the Cheney Community
  • Early Achievers Participant with a level 4 rating

Our program works closely with many departments at EWU to help sponsor books, read to children and provide a wide range of activities. The volunteers in our classrooms are often students from EWU who come to learn more about our program and working with children.

Hours, Options, Contact

  • Monday-Friday 7:30am – 6pm
  • Full and Part Time, AM or PM options
  • 923 Washington St., Cheney, WA 99004
  • 509 359 2025

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At the Y we believe every child can achieve their full potential in a safe, nurturing environment. We believe parents deserve peace of mind. At the Y, we strengthen community through youth development because we believe that a community is stronger when all children have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. At the Y we believe children become their best selves with a focus on skill development, positive relationships, and inspiring opportunities to explore and discover.

Your child’s safety is our top priority and we have implemented practices and protocols in accordance with guidance from state and local health authorities. 


School Year: 2022-2023

Information is subject to change depending on school district updates.

Mead School District  2022-2023 Registration Form

Brentwood Elementary

Colbert Elementary: 

  • Parents drop off at Meadow Ridge. Students transported to Colbert by Mead School District.

Creekside Elementary:

  • Parents drop off and pick up at Evergreen. Students will be transported to Creekside by Mead School District.

Evergreen Elementary

Farwell Elementary

Meadow Ridge Elementary

Midway Elementary

Prairie View Elementary:

  • Currently FULL, please email Lindsay Green for waitlist information.
  • Parents drop off and pick up at Skyline. Students will be transported to Prairie View by Mead School District.

Skyline Elementary

  • Currently FULL, please email Lindsay Green for waitlist information.

Spokane International Academy: 2022-2023 Registration Form

  • Only After-school options

East Valley School District: 2022-2023 Registration Form

East Farms Elementary:

  • Students transported to and from the Valley YMCA by East Valley School District.

Otis Orchards Elementary: 

  • Students transported to and from the Valley YMCA by East Valley School District.

Trent Elementary

Trentwood Elementary:

  • Students transported to and from the Valley YMCA by East Valley School District.

Continuous Curriculum School (CCS): 

  • Students transported to and from the Valley YMCA by East Valley School District.

Central Valley School District

South Pines Elementary: 

  • Not available at this time.

West Valley School District: 2022-2023 Registration Form

Pasadena Elementary: 

  • Students transported to and from the Valley YMCA by West Valley School District.

Seth Woodard Elementary:

  • Students transported to and from the Valley YMCA by West Valley School District.

Child Information Forms

For additional information on YMCA School Age Programs, please call 509 777 9622


Per Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families rules we must have all forms completed or we cannot accept your child. The information must include date of last health & dental visit, health care provider names, addresses and phone numbers. The provided Immunization Form (CIC form) must also be filled out completely and signed. Please drop off at your child’s site prior to the first day of attendance.

PLEASE NOTE: Extreme or Dangerous Weather Closure Policy
We will close our programs due to weather or emergency anytime schools are closed. We will also close if it is determined by our Program Directors to be unsafe for our children and staff.
• Please watch for program closure warnings on your child’s school website, and/or YMCA’s website or Facebook page.
• In the event of an emergency closure, during the YMCA Program, parents/guardians will be notified by YMCA staff via phone, email, or text and will need to pick up their children as soon as possible.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

State Third-Party Assistance: DSHS

You will need the following prior to registration:

  • Contact your caseworker to set up services
  • Provide DSHS with the Provider Number for your care
  • DSHS Authorizations need to be sent to the YMCA
  • Co-pay paid in advance of the first month of attendance

YMCA Programs & Childcare Financial Assistance

Please complete the Childcare & Programs Financial Assistance Application. The application is also available at any YMCA branch or by calling 509 777 9622. Applications and supporting documents can be delivered to the YMCA corporate office at 1126 N. Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201 or to any YMCA branch. Or it may be emailed, Attention Business Office.

Financial Assistance Applications can take up to 10 days to process once received, longer if the application is incomplete. Assistance cannot be applied until the application has been approved. 2021 assistance is valid through April 30, 2022.

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is committed to eliminating food insecurity and hunger in Spokane County by feeding children nutritious meals and snacks. Working with USDA, school districts and other agencies, the Y provides thousands of meals and snacks, at no cost, for children regardless of their participation in our programs.

Childcare Centers:

Early Learning programs at the Central Y and Eastern Washington University serve meals made from scratch using whole foods. Young children in our preschool programs explore a variety of fruits and vegetables, enhancing their taste buds for healthy foods.

Summer Meals:

Breakfast and lunch are free and available for all children 18 yrs and younger. Regardless of their participation in our programs, any child is welcome to eat with us.

2022 Dates & Locations for Free Meal Service:

  • 2022 Locations and Dates coming soon.

“Students who receive free or reduced lunch during the school year experience significant food insecurity during the summer months. The YMCA is committed to making sure the youth in our community receive the nutrition they need year-round thanks to the Summer Food Service Program,” says Heather Buhl, YMCA of the Inland Northwest Child Care Services Executive.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program. Watch to learn more. For more information, contact Angela Hanni at 509 777 9622 x 4160. Summer Meals Toolkit.

After School Meals:

All 19 of the Y’s after school sites provide healthy, nutritious snacks as part of the program. At the Central Y, after school dinners are served to all teens in the Teen Center, including newcomer children and teens from World Relief during the school year.

Get Ready for the Best Summer Ever!
At the YMCA we are dedicated to providing enriching experiences at all of our camps. Programs are created to help children grow in their sense of belonging as they meet new people and develop lifelong friendships in a fun and adventurous atmosphere. For additional information on YMCA Summer Day Camp, please call 509 777 9622.

Why choose YMCA Day Camps?

  • Quality Staff
  • Safe Environment
  • YMCA’s Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility
  • Affordable Options

All Summer Day Camp Locations are Currently FULL.

Summer Day Camps are for children entering 1st – 7th grade in the fall of 2022. Maximum age is 12 yrs. All fees must be paid in full by the Monday prior to the week of attendance, in order to keep your child’s reserved spot.

Central Y Camp | Sign up for Waitlist
930 N Monroe

North Y Camp | Sign up for Waitlist
10727 N Newport Hwy

South Y Camp | Sign up for Waitlist
Manito United Methodist Church – 3220 S Grand Blvd (No DCYF at this location)

Valley Y Camp | Sign up for Waitlist
2421 N Discovery Place

Hours: 6:30am – 6pm

First day of camp: June 20, 2022

Last day of camp: Aug 30, 2022

Major Field Trip Schedule – emailed to participants weekly


Registration Instructions: The following steps are required before your child is fully registered.

  1. Complete and submit the registration form, including payment information. For DCYF families, please call 1-877-501-2233 to begin authorization process for subsidy.
  2. Submit 3rd party payee Registration forms to childcare-schoolageprograms@ymcainw.org.
  3. Submit self-payee Registration forms to ymca@ymcainw.org.
  4. Complete and submit Child Information and Immunization form to YMCA.SAC@ymcainw.org.
  5. If applicable, complete and submit medication form to YMCA.SAC@ymcainw.org.
  6. If applicable, complete and submit emergency action and allergy form to YMCA.SAC@ymcainw.org.
  7. You will receive 2 approval emails confirming your enrollment; one confirming that your child is registered and another confirming we have received all of the required paperwork for your child/ren to attend the program. *This is very important, if you do not receive these 2 confirmation emails, then your child is not fully registered to attend.

Required Forms:

2022 Registration Form 
Child Information & Immunization Form

  • All required forms must be filled out completely and submitted prior to attendance as required by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

Additional Forms:

Waiver for Child Care-Day Camps – Please review the Child Care Waiver. You may print a copy for your records.

Deposit and Payment Deadlines – Keep this form for your reference throughout the summer.

Cancellation-Change Form –  Please turn in form no later than Monday (a full week) prior to the week being canceled or changed.

Emergency Action Plan:

Medication Form – Needed only if your child will need medication during the day

Parent Handbook


Financial Assistance

State Third-Party Assistance: Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)

You will need the following prior to registration:

  • Contact your caseworker to set up services
  • Provide DCYF with the Provider Number for your care
  • DCYF Authorizations need to be sent to the YMCA
  • Co-pay paid in advance of the first month of attendance
  • YMCA Registration Form (select Provider Number above for the correct school) mail or deliver to: YMCA, 1126 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201.

YMCA Programs & Childcare Financial Assistance

Please complete the Childcare & Programs Financial Assistance Application. The application is also available at any YMCA branch or by calling 509 777 9622. Applications and supporting documents can be delivered to the YMCA corporate office at 1126 N. Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201 or to any YMCA branch. Or it may be emailed, Attention Business Office.

Financial Assistance Applications can take up to 10 days to process once received, longer if the application is incomplete. Assistance cannot be applied until the application has been approved. 2021 assistance is valid through April 30, 2022.

Tax Information

Parents/guardians can download tax information by logging in to My Account. Once there click Tax Statement Year-end Child Care Statement. Or call 509 777 9622 and a statement can be emailed or mailed to you.

The YMCA’s EIN/Tax ID# is 91-0827958

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