Youth Services

Youth Services

Before and After School Child Care

Before and After Care is for children ages 5 to 12 years. Our Before and After School programs are offered in partnership with area school districts and various other organizations, offering care after school in six locations along the MS Gulf Coast. Children participate in a balanced program of open play and structured activities while being supervised by well-trained and caring staff.

Children get involved in a variety of learning centers in addition to program components such as, recreation, health enhancement, arts and humanities programs, nutritional snacks, service learning, character development and homework assistance. These programs ensure that children are given a unique mix of activities that focus on developmental assets, which are the building blocks that teach children how to make positive and intelligent decisions throughout life.  Click on the links below for more information and weekly pricing.  Counselor/Camper ratio:  1:20

Enrollment forms and locations served can be found here.

East Hancock Elementary

East Hancock Elementary
4221 Kiln Delisle Rd.
Kiln, MS

School served:
East Hancock Elementary

Vancleave

Vancleave
13620 Hwy 57
Vancleave, MS

Schools served:
Vancleave Upper, Vancleave Lower, Vancleave Middle

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis
304 St. Mary Blvd.
Biloxi, MS

Schools served:
Jeff Davis Elementary, Popps Ferry Elementary, Biloxi Middle

North Bay Elementary

North Bay
1825 Popps Ferry Rd.
Biloxi, MS

Schools served:
North Bay Elementary

Taconi

Taconi
711 Magnolia Ave.
Ocean Springs, MS

Schools served:
Magnolia Park, Oak Park, Pecan Park, Ocean Springs Upper

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

The STEM program helps school aged children reach their full potential by learning problem-solving techniques, critical-thinking skills, how to work in teams and how to develop self confidence.

Summer Camps

Our camp locations offer full time day camps during summer break from school. All summer camps follow a 6:00am to 6:00pm schedule. Locations include East Hancock Elementary in Kiln, serving Hancock County; College Park Elementary in Biloxi; Vancleave Summer Camp Site located on Hwy. 57 behind the Vancleave UMC; and at Taconi Elementary, located down the street from the Blossman Family YMCA in Ocean Springs.

Holiday Camps

It’s a Holiday, there is no school, and the kids are home!  What to do?  We have the answer!  All of our sites offer special holiday camps during Spring break, Thanksgiving break, and Christmas holiday period. Your children will be taken care of while having fun during those out-of-school hours.

Preschool

The Blossman YMCA Preschool Child Care Center is dedicated to providing a safe, healthy and positive learning environment for children ages one to five years old. Our goal is to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth of young children through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences while considering individual needs, temperament and learning styles.

Our Center is licensed by the State of MS Dept. of Health and is headed by a staff that is CDA (Child Development Associate) accredited. CDA is the only major national effort to improve childcare by evaluating and recognizing the skills of individuals providing care. Every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children and must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children’s physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Mississippi YMCA Preschool continually strives to maintain a high quality environment. Since its opening in 2000, our Center has participated in the MSU Early Childhood Institute’s Partners for Quality Child Care Program, consistently scoring high in the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS). These scales rate child care programs on a variety of criteria including personal routines, activities, interaction, program structure, space and furnishings, and staff. The center also participates in The MS Child Care Quality Step System, a voluntary rating system for licensed early childhood facilities in MS which focuses on five areas: administrative policy, professional development, learning environments, parent involvement, and evaluation.

Our program features:

  • Age appropriate activities,
  • Nutritionally balanced meals
  • Field trips to local points of interest
  • Creative projects
  • Story time, poetry, videos and books
  • Learning new songs and music appreciation
  • Seasonal celebrations and activities
  • YMCA Swimming Lessons at a discounted rate
  • Weekly summer recreational swimming.
  • Family activities.
  • End of the year graduation.

Current Prices:

Registration fee is $50 for members and non-members.

Toddler Program: Ages: 1-2 years
$115 Member Weekly Rate;  $130 Non-member Weekly Rate

Pre-School Program: Ages: 3-5 years
$105 Member Weekly Rate;  $120 Non-member Weekly Rate

**NEW**
We now offer Part Time programs:

Registration fee for PART-TIME care is $25.

3 Day – Monday, Wednesday and Friday Only – between 6 a.m. and  6 p.m.

  • 1-2 year old: Weekly Rate:  $75 Member;  $85 Non-member
  • 3-5 year old: Weekly Rate:  $70 Member;  $80 Non-member

2 Day – Tuesday and Thursday Only – between 6 a.m. and  6 p.m.

  • 1-2 year old: Weekly Rate:  $49 Member;  $59 Non-member
  • 3-5 year old: Weekly Rate:  $46 Member;  $56 Non-member

For availability questions, contact the preschool @ 228-875-0152.

Childwatch

Q: Do you need childcare to enjoy our programs?

A: CHILD WATCH

One of the many benefits of membership through the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is quality childcare on premises. Our staff provides qualified supervision and entertainment in a safe and secure environment while you workout. Children enjoy story time, arts and crafts and play giving you a chance to use the facility with peace of mind.

There is a two-hour per child, per day limit. Parents must remain on the YMCA premises. Child Watch is included with family memberships only.

Blossman Family YMCA Childwatch

Childwatch Hours:

  • Monday: 7:45am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 7:45am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Friday: 7:45am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm; Closed Evening
  • Sunday: Closed

Parent’s Day Out and Date Night:

Whether it’s date night for mom and dad, need to get holiday shopping done or just getting the kids out of the house, Parent’s Day Out and Date Night at the YMCA are the answer!  Exclusively for Family Memberships, members can register beforehand at the member services desk weeks or months in advance!

Day’s Out:

  • Tuesday:  8:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday:  8:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday:  8:00am-12:00pm

 

Date Night:

  • Tuesday:  3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thursday:  3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Friday:  5:00pm-9:00pm

Cost:  $10 per child, includes snack, swimming (ages 5+), crafts (does not include lunch or dinner.)

 

Tradition Family YMCA Childwatch

Childwatch Hours:

  • Monday Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • MondayThursday: 4:30pm-7:30pm
  • (No childwatch Friday night)
  • Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm

Blossman Family YMCA

1810 Government St.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 875-5050

Tradition Family YMCA

12661 Village Ave W.
Biloxi, MS 39532
(228) 831-8749

Blossman Family YMCA

Tradition Family YMCA