Youth Services

Youth Services

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 YMCA at East Hancock Elementary in Kiln; Vancleave YMCA at Vancleave UMC; and Taconi YMCA in Ocean Springs on Magnolia Ave.


Summer Camp Flyers


Welcome to the Blossman YMCA Preschool Childcare Center. It is our pleasure to work with you and your child. We are a Preschool Childcare Program operated by the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA and is licensed by the State of Mississippi Health Department. The Program is designed to meet the needs of young children (12 months through 5 years). Our goals are:

  1. To help your child to develop to his/her fullest potential.
  2. To provide a positive learning experience.
  3. To support and strengthen the family unit.
  4. To deliver the program in a positive YMCA environment of safety, fun, and caring.

We want children to look forward to coming to school each day and to enjoy learning with “hands on” experiences. It is our goal to help each child develop individually, at his or her own pace.

Our program is designed to help your child build a positive self-concept that generates feelings of acceptance and belonging. We believe in partnering with parents, families and community organizations to nurture a spirit of cooperation and self-respect for self and others; reinforcing character building and a strong communication foundation.

The Creative Curriculum® is used as the foundation of our Preschool program. The Creative Curriculum® is a play-based learning curriculum that focuses on interest areas and fosters creativity in both children and teachers. Being creative means thinking of new ideas, obtaining information by asking questions, and learning through trial and error. In order for your child to derive the greatest benefit from these educational opportunities, he/she should be in regular attendance; structured education begins at 8:45am.

The YMCA Preschool provides Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Late Snack at consistent times.

The YMCA Preschool is a participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. The CACFP provides cash reimbursement to child and adult day care centers for nutritious meals and helps children and adults develop and maintain healthy eating habits.

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program you can be assured all children are getting balanced, nutritious meals and developing/maintaining healthy lifelong eating habits. Proper nutrition during throughout life ensures fewer educational and physical problems later in life.

As a participant in the CACFP, the YMCA Preschool receives reimbursement for serving nutritious meals and snacks.

The Preschool is open from 6:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Children are only allowed to stay for a maximum of 10 hours per day. If there are extenuating circumstances; exceptions may be allowed.

A registration fee of $125.00 (per child and first week draft payment is required at time of registration. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Registration fee is an annual fee due in August of each year.

YMCA Scholarship opportunities are funded by the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. The Strong Kids Campaign is our on-going yearly charitable campaign. Financial assistance is based on individual circumstances.  At the YMCA, we turn no one away for their inability to pay.

For inquiries on availability in the Blossman YMCA Preschool Childcare Center, along with current weekly rate information, please contact the center directly at 228-875-0152 or


Q: Do you need childcare to enjoy our programs?


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; Closed Evening
  • Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm; Closed Evening
  • Sunday: Closed

Tradition Family YMCA Childwatch

Childwatch Hours:

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