YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
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Before & Afterschool Care

The Griffith Family YMCA runs Before and Afterschool Childcare for Griffith Public Schools. Our facilitators lead the children in structured activities each day including gym, art, outdoor play and games and also teach fun nutritional facts. The children’s afternoon also includes “free-time." The YMCA core values: Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility will be introduced during their stay.

Griffith Schools Program

Grades K-6th for the following Griffith Schools: Beiriger, Ready and Wadsworth. Our program divides the children into three groups based on their current grade: K-1, 2-3 and 4-6. Before school care opens at 6:00am. Children must be picked up by 6:30pm or incur a fine of $1 per minute after.

  • $25 - One-time, non-refundable, up-front registration fee
  • $6 - Before School Care Only
  • $8 - Afterschool Care Only
  • $14 - Both Before & Afterschool Care
  • $27 - Care on days with no school

To participate in any of our school care programs, parents must pay for child’s care in advance at the Welcome Center or online. All payments are due on or before the Friday before the week of attendance. You choose the days that you need your child to attend. If you pay for a day and your child does not come, there will be no credits/refunds.

School Break Care

Care available from 6:00am-6:30pm. Children that attend these days will need to bring a sack lunch.

Questions about Before & Afterschool care? Contact our Childcare Staff

Child Watch

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

  • Monday-Thursday: 9:00am-Noon and 4-8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am-Noon and 5-7:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am-Noon
  • Sunday: closed
  • Hours subject to change based on usage.
  • Children must be no younger than three months and no older than 5 years.
  • 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 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

Activity Center Hours & Guidelines

  • Monday–Thursday: staffed from 4-8:00pm
  • Friday & Saturday: not staffed
  • Sunday: closed
  • Hours subject to change based on usage.


  • 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.

Questions about Child Watch? Contact our Childcare Staff.

Early Learning Center: Paths to Quality Level 1

Early Learning Center at the Griffith Family YMCA offers several day care and preschool program options to accommodate the needs of the child and their parents. All programs and classes are taught by degreed/licensed teachers to help your child reach his/her full potential academically and socially. We offer an academic curriculum that exceeds Indiana preschool standards and is designed to prepare your child for their entrance into kindergarten. Our preschool program provides the tools and activities for the children to experiment while promoting our four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our preschool is unique because we offer gym class each day in our program. For our preschool events for the children and families throughout the year, please contact our Early Learning Center Director.

What do parents have to say about our preschool program?

Licensed Day Care

  • Full day care available year-round
  • Cost includes preschool
  • Open to children ages 2-5
  • Learn more

Preschool Programs

  • Three and Five day programs available year-round
  • Summer preschool sessions available
  • Advanced Learning program for kindergarten prep (ALPHA)
  • Open to children ages 3-5
  • Learn more

Questions about our Early Learning Center? Please contact Susan Pierson or call 219 750 1082

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