Child Care

Children are like sponges—they watch and absorb knowledge, skills, and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.

That’s why our afterschool and child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical, and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. The YMCA of WNC offers several child care options for busy families.


With a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement, Y afterschool programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. We serve Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, and McDowell County Schools.

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Youth Development Centers

As a service to our families, the YMCA provides free, on-site child care in the Youth Development Center and Kids Zone for YMCA members with household memberships while they are using the facility. The Youth Development Center is available for ages 6 weeks through 7 years old. Kids Zone is available for ages 7-12 years old.

A parent or guardian must remain in the building at all times while their child is in the Youth Development Center/Kids Zone. Members are allowed two hours per day per child. You must have your YMCA membership cards available in order to check your child into the Youth Development Center/Kids Zone.

Guests of YMCA members with a household membership may use the Youth Development Center/Kids Zone for two hours per day per child. 

Child Care hours vary per day, per location. 

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