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Before and After School Child Care for Hammond Schools

The Hammond Branch YMCA offers convenient, affordable, safe and dependable childcare for working parents in schools throughout Hammond. Before and After School Care is offered for children in grades K-5.

 Care is offered on school vacation days for grades K-8 at the Hammond Branch YMCA. In case of an emergency school closing, the YMCA facility will provide childcare for that day. In the event of a delay, care will be provided at the school site. Program curriculum includes: games, arts & crafts, nutritional and character development and homework assistance. Free dinners are also being offered for our students when care is given at the school site. Children must be picked up by 6:15 p.m. or incur a fine of $1 per minute after. Care is provided at the following Hammond area schools: Edison, Harding, Hess, Jefferson, Kenwood, Morton, and O’Bannon (Maywood and Wallace Coming Soon!). Times are 6:30-9:00 am/3-6:15 pm, Monday through Friday. State Immunization record is required for each child. No online or phone registration for this program.

Fees:

  • $25 one-time, non-refundable registration fee (due at registration);
  • Before School Care $8/day or $40/week
  • After School Care $10/day or $50/week
  • Before & After School Care $15/day or $75/week

Please Note: All Childcare fees are due on or before Sunday at 4:30pm. Otherwise a late processing fee of $2/day will be charged if registering the same week.


School Vacation Days/Extended Care

Childcare is provided during school vacation days and holidays when school is not in session. Children must be between 5 (in Kindergarten)-13 years old. Parents must provide their child with breakfast and a cold lunch on these days. Daily activities include enrichment activities, special events, swimming and much more. Childcare is provided at the Hammond Branch YMCA from 6:30am-6:15pm.

SNOW DAYS POLICY: In case of an emergency school closing, the YMCA facility will provide childcare for that day. In the event of a delay, care will be provided at the school site. State Immunization record is required for each child. No online or phone registration for this program.

Fees:

  • $25 one-time, non-refundable registration fee (due at registration);
  • $25 for full day for members; $45 for full day for non-members

We offer care the days School City of Hammond is on break, excluding the following:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day & Day After
  • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

For more information on our childcare programs, contact Debbie Harvey or call 219 845 1507

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Kids' Zone (3 months-5 years)

Kids' Zone offers a babysitting service for the convenience of our members while they are working out or participating in a program. Our qualified staff provides a safe, clean and friendly environment to ensure both parents and children have an enjoyable time while at the Y. We have toys, games, books, puzzles, videos, and play equipment that is age appropriate for all children.

  • Children must be no younger than three months and no older than 5 years.
  • Parents must sign their children in and out of Kids' Zone.
  • Parents must be in the building at all times when children are in Kids' Zone (relatives and babysitters are not permitted to bring children).
  • Family membership is required for free Kids' Zone services.
  • Children must have shoes on while in Kids' Zone.
  • Diaper changing is not provided by staff. Parent will be contacted if necessary.
  • Snacks are not allowed in Kids' Zone. Bottles and cups are fine.
  • Please label all bags, bottles, cups etc. with child’s name.
  • Membership ID keytag is required for drop-off & pick-up.
  • Parents must check-in with staff every hour.
  • Children may not be in Kids' Zone for more than two consecutive hours.
  • Staff may refuse service to any child for suspected illness or disciplinary

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm; closed 12:30-4:30pm; open 4:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Sunday CLOSED

All hours are subject to change

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Activity Center (6-11 years)

Activity Coordinator will conduct age appropriate activities for school age children who are not in programs while their parents are using the facility.

  • Staff may refuse service to any child for suspected illness or disciplinary problems.
  • Parents must check on children with staff every hour.
  • Parents must remain in the building at all times (relatives and babysitters are not permitted to bring children).
  • Membership I.D. Cards are required for drop-off and pick-up.

Activity Center Hours

  • Monday-Friday 4:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Sunday Not Available

All hours are subject to change


Homeschool Physical Fitness (Gym and Swim)

At the Y, nurturing the potential of every child and teen is our focus. Our program is available for homeschooled youth ages 6-14. One hour is devoted to gym games and exercise and the other hour is devoted to swim class.

  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 1-3:00pm
    • Returns in the Fall
  • Fees per session: $25 members & $10 for each additional child;
  • $50 non-members & $15 for each additional child

For more information about our Homeschool programs, call 219 845 1507


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