Child Development

Serving our community's child care needs for children ages 2 months through the 5th grade. Summer camp registration will begin spring 2017 for Custer YMCA members currently enrolled in the Kidstop program. Sign up for one week or all 11 weeks.

Each week offers a different fun theme with field trips and activities and includes swimming at the pool each week, weather permitting. Camp fee's start at $50 per session and operate on a sliding fee scale. Call the Child Development Center 673-2222.


The YMCA child care programs stress care and safety and they nurture the children's natural desire to learn by providing opportunities to explore and learn through developmentally appropriate activities. The scheduling, pacing, and rhythm, of these activities should be consistent with the recognized principles of early childhood education, which states that each child develops at his or her own rate.

The YMCA program believes that the day care should be an extension of the home and should in no way attempt to be a substitute for or in competition with the home. The cooperative experience will set the stage between the child's education and interest and the family involvement. 

Custer YMCA Child Development Center

1315 Bluebell Lane


Our program is a state-licensed child care program which operates year-round for children 2 months to kindergarten. Quality programs help individuals grow personally, learn values, improve personal and family relationships, appreciate diversity, become better leaders, and HAVE FUN!



Age: Infants/Toddlers - 2 mos to 2 years

Time: 6:30 am-5:30 pm

All Day Program (Monday - Friday)

Our infant program is centered around the child's schedule. Daily activities include playtime, art, development of gross/fine motor skills, music and songs, outside excursions, naps and an abundance of hugs from the staff.


Age: Toddlers 2 yrs - 3 1/2 years

Time: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

All Day Program (Monday - Friday)

Our Jungle program offers a semi-structured environment where children participate in developmentally appropriate activities in the following areas: art, language, gross/fine motor, self-help, music, sensory, science and outdoor play all offered in a safe, caring loving environment.



Age: Children 3 1/2 to 5 yrs old.

Time: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

All Day Program (Monday -Friday)


Age: Children 3 yrs - 5 yrs old.

Time: 8-11 am

Half Day Program (Monday - Thursday)

Our preschool environment is a combination of structured and free choice activities. Caring staff encourages the development of a child's whole self. Children will experience developmentally appropriate activities in the learning areas of art, music, math, science, sensory, social/emotional,language and literacy. Children also have ample opportunity for plenty of outdoor experiences: bike riding, gardening, slides, sledding, and sand/water play.


A safe place for children to go after school. Promotes self-confidence, trust, education and character development. Activities include snack time, story time, indoor/outdoor play and homework time.


YMCA Kidstop is a grant funded afterschool child care program which operates during the school year. The program provides your child with a safe, fun and structured place to hang out after school. Our caring staff will build a special relationship with each individual child. Watch your child grow, explore the world and learn new things every day

Level K-5th grade

Time: 3:30-5:30 pm (Monday - Thursday)

7:30 am - 5:30 pm (Friday)

Location: Custer Elementary School

$35/registration fee. Membership required to participate in this program. $50 per child per month.

Available only when Custer schools are in session.


Available on Fridays & some days that school is not in session. Closed on all scheduled holidays. Contact us for updated information.


Y Camp Summer Programs

Day Camp is a state licensed child care program which operates during the summer. See the summer camp link for more information.


Monthly Fee Schedule

For additional information contact the YMCA Child Care Department (605)673-2222.

There is a $35.00 non-refundable registration fee per year for child care/preschool programs and schoo-age programs.

PROGRAM.................Member.................Community participant

Zoo Crew..................$510.....................$570

(Full day)

The Jungle...............$510.....................$570

(Full day)

The Rainforest Bunch................$470.....................$530

(Full day, does not include lunch - $40 Lunch Tickets per Month)

The Rainforest Bunch..............$435.......................$495

(Monday-Thursday, does not include lunch tickets)

Safari Squad.........$175/4 days ...........$195/4 days

(Half day: mornings, Monday-Thursday)

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