Family YMCA of Black Hawk County



Program Details

The Y works to ensure that youth not only have access to affordable, quality, before and after school programming but are also in a safe and nurturing environment protected by caring adults. Our before and after-school program provides a practical childcare option for families. Youths will receive homework assistance and participate in activities that keep them active and productive before school begins and when the school day ends.

We are value-driven! What does that mean? Our before and after school program strives to instill the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


  • Pre-K offered at Orange
  • Kindergarten-6th Grade offered at Cedar Falls Schools
  • Kindergarten-5th Grade offered at Waterloo Schools


Youth Full Y Membership: $22/month |  Full Y Family Member: $66/month*

Click here to learn about our different types of memberships.

Online enrollment is required one week before admission to the program.

School-Age Care Program
2023-2024 Member Rate 2023-2024 Non-member Rate
Waterloo & Cedar Falls AM $45 $50
Waterloo PM $50 $55
Cedar Falls PM $55 $60
Waterloo Pre-K AM $50 $55
Waterloo Pre-K PM $50 $55
Cedar Falls Pre-K AM  $55 $60
Cedar Falls Pre-K PM $55 $60

Program Details:

The Family YMCA of Black Hawk County offers School Out Fun Days for selected scheduled days during the school year. The program fees below are in addition to the already scheduled weekly payments for Before and After school care. All children must be enrolled prior to participate in the School Out Fun Days. There are limited spaces and spots are first come first served. During School’s Out Fun Days the kids will have opportunities for structured activities, reading time, recess, possible field trips, swimming/water play and community service projects. The YMCA offers a healthy breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Non-Member: $60/day |  Member: $50/day

Children do not need be be enrolled in our School Age Care program to attend our day camps and any child in the Cedar Valley is welcome to register. For more information call the YMCA at 319-233-3531.

DHS Funding Accepted. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. To see if you qualify, contact the Y at 319-233-3531.

Here are some fast facts about registering:
  • The Y ensures every child has the opportunity to learn and grow.
  • Financial assistance and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  • DHS funding accepted
  • Families who are receiving financial assistance from DHS will need to contact the Centralized Child Care Assistance Eligibility Unit to verify that your childcare assistance will be for the school your child will be attending for Y-Care.

Click here to view our parent handbook:



Our quality childcare can be found at multiple elementary schools throughout Cedar Valley. All of our staff are dedicated to the safety and education of our Y youth, to which we offer a comprehensive care program. Every Y site uses the same program specifications for snacks, study, and play. We promise you that your children are safe and warm with us from the moment you drop them off at school until you can pick them up that afternoon.

2023-2024 SAC Pre-K Program Location

  • Waterloo:  Orange
    • Weekday Mornings:
      6:30 am – School begins
    • Weekday Afternoons:
      School ends – 6 pm

      • *No Care on Fridays
  • Cedar Falls:  Cedar Heights
    • Weekday Mornings:
      6:30 am – School begins
    • Weekday Afternoons:
      School ends – 6 pm

Early Dismissals (Cedar Falls):
On All regularly scheduled early dismissals, after-school care will begin at the time of dismissal.

Noon Dismissals (Cedar Falls):
There is currently no Y Care for noon dismissals. 

Scheduled No School Days:
There will be no before or after care on scheduled days off of school. The YMCA offers School’s Out Fun Days on selected days the kids do not have school at an additional cost.

The Remind App will send live text updates to your cell phone. It’s a free application. Families can also download the Remind app through their device applications and enter the same code to find our group. Feel free to call us or email me back personally if you have any trouble getting signed up. Thanks for choosing the Y to service your family.

Aldrich SAC: Text @y-aldrich to 81010
Becker SAC: Text @y-becker to 81010
Cedar Heights SAC: Text @y-cheights to 81010
Orange SAC: Text @y-orange to 81010
Orchard Hill SAC: Text @y-orchard to 81010
Poyner SAC: Text @ y-poyner to 81010
Southdale SAC: Text @ysouthdale to 81010
School’s Out Fun Days: Text @y-funday to 81010

We offer nutritious snacks each day at the YMCA. Each day, the kids will receive a snack that includes two major food groups (i.e. fresh fruit or veggie, milk or dairy cheese and crackers or grain, etc.)

Children are allowed to bring their own snacks to School Age Care program, but are asked to not bring nuts. Check with site staff for information on possible food allergies in the environment.

During Day Camp and on School’s Out Fun Days, The Family YMCA in partnership with the Child Adult Care Feeding Program will provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack. If you send your child to program with their own food, we can not refrigerate or heat up your child’s lunch, so please send a thermos or cold pack to ensure that food is kept at proper temperature.

Children should come to the Y program appropriately dressed for activity. This includes

  • Snow gear in the winter
  • Parents are encouraged
    to send a change of clothes with their child in the event of a restroom accident.
  • Under no circumstances are YMCA staff allowed to clean/change a child who has had a restroom accident.
  • All children are required to wear closed toed shoes.

Children will not be allowed to bring items from home unless instructed by staff for special occasions/programming. We supply our programs with developmentally appropriate equipment to meet the needs of the children. If a toy from home gives your child a sense of security, please speak to staff from the youth development department prior about bringing the item to the program.

The YMCA is not responsible
for any lost, stolen or
damaged items.




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