Child Care & Camp

Early Education & Care

Following state and local safety guidelines, Ys across the country offer quality full-day and partial-day early learning opportunities and child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments. Programming consists of daily activities that offer opportunities for each child’s growth physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.

Our preschool curriculum is designed to promote and enrich early learning opportunities for all ages and abilities. We utilize the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks and Teaching Strategies Gold for child observations and assessments.

Value Added

The Y offers families the opportunity to participate in many activities not found in most traditional child care programs, including:

• FREE family memberships to families enrolled five days per week (a $900 value)
• Quarterly family events
• Financial assistance based on family need
• State-subsidized slots are available, and PACE vouchers are accepted

Heath & Safety

Your child’s health and safety is our number one priority. Our centers are state licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, and each program meets rigid health and safety regulations. Our staff are certified in CPR and first aid and staff are screened through criminal background record checks and receive annual child safety training.

Flexible Days & Hours

Y before- and after-school programs provide year-round care. We understand parents’ need to work, and we have a variety of program options during school vacations, snow days, teacher in-service days, and summer.


YMCA Southcoast has been a leading provider of quality day camp programs for over 50 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of our highly qualified and well-trained camp staff. Our day camp directors have a combined total of over 26 years of camp leadership experience. Our counselors and program specialists are chosen based on their maturity and proven ability to be positive role models for your child(ren). They all possess a sincere desire to work with children.

We’re here to help you in selecting the right camp for your child(ren). We welcome you to visit our many day campsites and talk with camp directors and staff. Our camps also allow you the sense of security that comes with knowing that while you are hard at work, your child is spending their summer days under the watchful and nurturing eyes of our dedicated camp staff.

For more information on these programs, visit our Y branch locations below

Dartmouth Location

Dartmouth YMCA
276 Gulf Road
Dartmouth, MA 02748

Mattapoisett YMCA
38 Reservation Road, PO Box 1067
Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Fall River Location

Fall River YMCA
199 North Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720

New Bedford YMCA
25 South Water Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Gleason Family YMCA
33 Charge Pond Road, PO Box 466
Wareham, MA 02571

271 Sharps Lot Road
Swansea, MA 02777

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