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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 five 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

For more information and to register, click here.

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.

Healthy Weight and Your Child

Healthy Weight and Your Child is a 25 session evidence-based program for children with obesity. The program includes a family information session followed by 25 sessions delivered over four months. The family-based weight-management program focuses on nutrition education and physical activity to encourage healthier eating habits and an active lifestyle to reach a healthy weight.

More information can be found on our brochure here.

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 Enrollment Applications

Registrations are available at the below links, and can be emailed to Natalie Riddle at nriddell@mgcymca.org, can be or turned in beginning February 24th. Registrations will not be accepted prior to February 24th.

  • Vancleave Summer Camp Registration Form (not currently accepting registrations)
  • Taconi Summer Camp Registration Form (not currently accepting registrations)
  • East Hancock Summer Camp Registration Form (not currently accepting registrations)

Summer Camp Flyers

  • Vancleave “Best Summer Ever” 2020 Flyer
  • Taconi “Best Summer Ever” 2020 Flyer
  • East Hancock “Best Summer Ever” 2020 Flyer


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
  • The Creative Curriculum
  • 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.

Click here for more information on The Creative Curriculum.

Current Prices:

Registration fee is $75 for members and non-members.

Pre-School Program Full Time: Ages: 1-5 years
$115 Member Weekly Rate;  $130 Non-member Weekly Rate

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


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; 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:  $15 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