The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers a free child watch service to YMCA members and guests.  The Y provides a safe, fun environment for children between the ages of six weeks and 12-years of age for up to two hours during regularly scheduled Kid's Club hours of operation.  Parents can feel at ease knowing their child is being cared for by friendly, qualified staff members.  At least one parent, custodian, or guardian of each child must remain on the premises and readily accessible at all times while the child is in Kid's Club.


  • Children are welcome in Kid's Club up to two-hours per day
  • A parent of guardian must remain in the building while your child is in Kid's Club.
  • Children participating in Kid's Club must be YMCA members or be attending a YMCA special event.
  • Children must be signed in and out of Kid's Club by an adult.
  • Children must be picked up by the adult dropping them off, unless prior arrangements have been made with YMCA staff.
  • All children participating in Kid's Club must have a completed Child In-Take Form on file before they can attend. 

The best place for a sick child to get better is at home.  Sick children will not be permitted to attend Kid's Club. This is for the health and safety of all children, including your own. We reserve the right to turn away any child that is perceived as being sick. Please keep your child home if they are experiencing:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Open sores
  • Yellow/green runny nose
  • Excessive cough
  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Communicable diseases

Employees may not administer any medications.


  • Proper clothing and undergarments are required in Kid's Club. Please keep in mind the temperature inside may vary.
  • All children must wear shoes, socks or sandals
  • Some locations may go outside; please dress your child accordingly.

Snacks/food will not be given to children while in Kid's Club.  Please do not bring any food into Kid's Club.

In order to ensure all children in Kid's Club are safe and having a positive experience, we will utilize the following behavior management techniques: Setting limits, Modeling desired behavior, Positive attention, Redirection, One on One Discussions, and Cool Down Time. 

  • If the techniques described above do not significantly decrease the inappropriate behavior, the following procedures will be put into place:
  • Parents will be required to participate with staff on determining a plan of action to address the behavior. This plan of action must be adhered to by all parties involved.
  • The plan of action will be reviewed daily and modified, as needed.
  • After the above steps have been taken, if unacceptable behavior persists, causing a health or safety risk to your child or others, the child will be withdrawn from the Kid's Club program and you will be asked to find alternative care while you utilize the YMCA.
  • If your child cries in excess of 15 minutes, we will ask you to leave your activity to comfort them.
  • Responsible use of equipment and supplies is expected of all participants. Parents/guardians of children who willfully damage equipment or destroy property will be held responsible for replacement.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Kid's Club staff will take the following actions in case of an emergency and/or accident:

  • YMCA staff will give appropriate first aid immediately.
  • If it is determined that a physician’s care is needed, the parent will be notified immediately.
  • In the event of a fire or pulled fire alarm, your child will be evacuated to a designated area outside. Please ask your local branch to show you the location where you will be able to pick up your child.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati school-age child care programs offer continuous care during school breaks, including in-service and snow days, Spring Break, Fall Break and Winter Break. In addition to our usual before-school and after-school activities that encourage academic enrichment, building self-esteem, physical activity, and more, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati School Breaks and Snow Days programs give parents peace of mind that their child is well cared for in a safe, nurturing environment.


School Breaks programs are offered at the following locations:

Blue Ash YMCA
Campbell County YMCA
Carl H. Lindner YMCA
Clippard Family YMCA
Clermont Family YMCA
Gamble-Nippert YMCA
Kenton County YMCA
M.E. Lyons YMCA
Melrose YMCA
Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA
R.C. Durr YMCA
Richard E. Lindner YMCA
Valley Early Learning Center

Snow Days programs are offered at the following locations:

Blue Ash YMCA
Clippard Family YMCA
Clermont Family YMCA
Gamble-Nippert YMCA
R.C. Durr YMCA
Richard E. Lindner YMCA
Valley Early Learning Center