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Keeping children happy, safe and healthy

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Our Child Watch 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.

Child Watch Hours and Rules

For children ages three months-five years old.

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-8:30pm
Friday 8:00am-6:45pm
Saturday 8:00am-12pm
Sunday closed

All hours subject to change.
  • 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 to not yet in Kindergarten.
  • Parents must sign their children in and out of child watch.
  • Parents must be in the building at all times when children are in Child Watch (relatives and babysitters are not permitted to bring non-member children).
  • Family membership is required for free Child Watch services.
  • Children must have shoes on while in Child Watch.
  • Diaper changing is not provided by staff. Parent will be contacted if necessary.
  • Snacks are not allowed in Child Watch. 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 Child Watch for more than two consecutive hours.
  • Staff may refuse service to any child for suspected illness or disciplinary problems.

Before & After School Care 


The Whiting Family YMCA offers convenient, affordable, safe and depend- able childcare for working parents throughout Whiting. Before and After School-Age Childcare is offered for children in grades K-6. Care is also offered on school vacation days for grades K-6 at the Whiting Family YMCA. In case of an emergency school closing, the YMCA facility will provide childcare for that day (when care was paid for that day). Program curriculum includes games, arts & crafts, physical activities and homework assistance. Children must be picked up by 6:30pm or incur a fine of $1 per minute. After Care with transportation is provided Monday-Friday for the following Whiting area school: Nathan Hale.

Before/After School Care at Whiting Family YMCA

AM care & bus pick-up

  • Registered children can be dropped off to the YMCA as early as 6:30am
  • School bus arrives at approximately 7:30am for transportation to Nathan Hale

PM care & bus drop off

  • School bus drops off students to the YMCA at approximately 4:15pm
  • Childcare is then provided until 6:30pm
  • On the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month Nathan Hale students are dropped off to YMCA at approx. 2:15pm

Before/After School Care at Franklin School (Grades K-5th will have care at Franklin School)

Hours at Franklin

  • Before School: 6:30am to start of school day
  • After School: End of school day to 6:30 pm

Fees for Before/Afterschool Care

  • $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 the Thursday before care by 7:30pm. Breakfast and Dinner available during care at Franklin.


Parents will need to pay for the week of attendance in advance at the Whiting YMCA Front Desk. You can choose the days that you need your child to attend. Children must be picked up by 6:30pm each night. There will be a charge of $1 for every minute after. Please Note: All Childcare fees are due the Thursday before care by 7:30pm or incur a late fee of $2 a day.

School Vacation Days & Extended Day Care

School Vacation Days/ Extended Care Childcare is provided for registered children during school vacation days and holidays when school is not in session. Parents must provide their child with breakfast, lunch, and snacks on these days. Daily program includes enrichment activities, special events and much more. Childcare is provided at the Whiting Family YMCA from 6:30am-6:30pm. We offer full day (over 6 hours/day) and half-day (less than 6 hours) fees. Children must be picked up by 6:30pm or incur a fee of $1 per minute after.


  • $25 one-time, non-refundable registration fee (due at registration)
  • School Days Out Childcare $25 full day/$12.50 half-day for members; $45 full day/$22.50 half-day for non-members

For more information, contact Rebecca Kelly or call 219 370 5091

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