Learning, Growing, and Thriving at the Y

DEM_9953We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life. Because of the Y community, kids are taking more interest in learning and making smarter life choices. At the Y, kids learn their ABC’s, learn to share, learn about sportsmanship, and most importantly, learn how to be themselves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

At our Hannaford Brothers Children’s Educational Center at the Albany YMCA, we care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.

For more information and pricing call 518.463.9622.

Child Care

Early Learning Child care fosters growth and development in young children, and provides a responsive environment where preschool age children learn through hands-on experiences. A typical day offers playground fun, arts & crafts, classroom instruction, storytelling and naptime. Click here for pricing and to begin your registration.

After-school Child Care Programs

The Capital District YMCA partners with local school districts to provide affordable and enriching programming for children after-school.

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The Y offers Afterschool Programs at:

Albany City Schools
Dismissal – 5:45pm
Member Rate
Non-Member Rate
Full Time $200 $250
Part Time
(up to 3 days a week)
$145 $165
New Scotland Elementary
Dismissal – 5:45pm
Member Rate
Non-Member Rate
Full Time $165 $200
Part Time
(up to 3 days a week)
$135 $170

Albany YMCA Office


Director of Childcare: Stacy Serson-White

Operations Director: Ross Jordan

Registration/Billing Inquires: Albany Administrative Office: Childcare Billing (518)-869-3500 ext. 9960

Shelter in Place Drills

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services mandate that ALL licensed programs conduct two Shelter In place drills a year.  Our sites in the Albany City School District will conduct these drills on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 and Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  These drills will occur once attendance has been taken and will not take up too much of our programming time, we just need to make sure all of our students understand these drills and we practice them for their safety.

Attendance Procedures

It is the policy of the Y that any absences be verified at the beginning of each program day. Parents are to be called by YMCA staff when a child is unexpectedly absent to ensure that parents are aware of the child’s whereabouts.  If you know in advance that your child will not attend program on any given day please contact your Site Supervisor immediately.

Summer Camp

This summer, look for new games and activities as well as a new outdoor picnic area, new Bocce ball space, weekly bounce house, weekly trips to the Y’s premier regional day camp (Adventure Camp in Guilderland), and more field trips. Learn more

Vacation Club

Vacation Club is a program run by the Capital District YMCA Albany Branch where childcare is provided during School Holidays.  There is an additional charge for this program.  The Capital District YMCA childcare programs are NOT offered during the following holidays for the 2015-2016 school year: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Memorial Day. Download a registration form.

For more information call the Albany YMCA at 518.463.9622.

Snow Days

Our After School Programs are cancelled when the Albany City School District closes due to inclement weather.  When school is dismissed early due to worsening weather conditions, our program is cancelled and if your child normally takes the bus; your child will be sent home on the bus,  If your child does not take a bus parents will be notified and asked to pick up child at dismissal time.  Each Site Director will contact you directly to confirm how your child will be leaving school if program is closed. Download a registration form.

Billing Information:

Monthly payments for Y’s Time can be made by automatic draft, cash, online, or by mailing check to Childcare Billing Capital District YMCA 465 New Karner Road Albany, NY 12205.  Please print your child’s name in the memo section of your check.  Because the Capital District YMCA processes checks as electronic funds transfers, the check will appear as a debit on your statement, and you will not receive a cancelled check.

As a reminder, in an effort to go green we will not mail a bill each month.  All payments are due by the 1st of each month.  Payments received after the 8th will receive a $25 late fee.  If your payment is not received by the 15th, your child will be removed from the program.