Child Care, Early Learning & Preschool Programs & Activities

Baxter YMCA offers one of the most dynamic preschool programs on the Southside. For over 20 years, preschoolers have become instilled with the YMCA’s philosophy of developing the spirit, mind, and body of each individual and encouraging an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect for everyone through our four core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Your child will receive the very best in early childhood education at the YMCA.

Programs are designed to offer developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children ages 2 to 5. Children will experience the excitement of exploration and the joy of discovery of their world as they move from one interest center to another. Activities will focus on a variety of skills, including early reading, early writing, early math concepts, art projects, science experiments, music, and much more. A positive self-concept is promoted as children learn to share, participate in group games and projects, take care of belongings, and put things away after use. Preschool teaches invaluable life skills which will stay with your child forever.

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION MUST BE DONE AT THE MEMBER SERVICES DESK. For more information, please contact Kenny Daniels at To download a registration form, click DOWNLOAD NOW:


Additional childcare options include Play and Learn drop-off hours, preschool enrichment classes, and Kids Night Out events on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (holiday months are the only exception).

Unless otherwise noted, please contact the Member Services Desk for registration and additional program information.

Child Care

Play and Learn Centers

In our YMCA Play and Learn Centers, your child will experience all kinds of fun and engaging activities while you enjoy your work out!

At the Y, we believe that “play is the work of young children, and is the foundation for learning.” Our Play and Learn Centers offer children the opportunity to experience curriculum-based learning activities in a fun and nurturing environment.

Our trained staff can care for babies 6 weeks and older, and we have activities geared to toddlers and for children up to 10 years of age. A few of our locations also have Play and Learn amenities geared to pre-teens (ages 11-12); please ask at your local Y.

  • Use of our Play and Learn Centers is included FREE as a part of  YMCA household memberships.
  • Play and Learn Centers are available at 11 of our 12 locations (the YMCA at the City Market is the only exception).
  • Members may use our Play and Learn Centers for up to two hours per day while you are onsite at our facility.
  • For Play and Learn hours of operation, please visit the Location Info tab and “hours” for your YMCA location of choice.



Phone: (317) 881-9347

Before and After School/Camp

YMCA Before & After School Care

The after school programs at the YMCA serve kindergarten through middle schoolers in a secure and safe environment. The curriculum appeals to kids, but at the same time we teach confidence, encourage self-expression, and enrich areas of social development.

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Kids Night Out

Kid’s Night Out

With Kids Night Out, parents enjoy a night out while kids engage in fun and safe activities at the Y

We know parents need a break from time to time while kids enjoy games, crafts, and more centered around a unique monthly theme. Kids play in the Play and Learn Center while adults can enjoy an evening out. These specially themed evenings include crafts, games, dinner, physical activities and lots of fun!

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Preschool Enrichment Classes

Sensational Science

Science made fun

Your child’s curiosity will be nurtured by exploring, discovering, asking questions, and drawing conclusions through experiments and learning the scientific method.

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