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Child Care Centers

Learn, Grow and Thrive

Families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. We support children by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other.

Whether you’re a new parent looking to learn how to best prepare your young one for school, or looking for a fun, enriching place for your older child to spend time after school until you get off work, the YMCA has programs aimed at helping giving them the best chance at a bright future. We are committed to helping your family learn, grow and thrive.

Voted Best Child Care Center in Marathon County 2023

Child Care Center Hours

Monday - Friday  6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Wausau Branch:  715-841-1838

Aspirus Branch:  715-841-1857


Child Care from 6 Weeks to 6 Years  

Our well-rounded program is the best choice for families who want their child to blossom cognitively, physically and emotionally in a warm and caring environment.

Through an exciting curriculum and a focus on active learning, children learn indispensable life values.

Whether you need before or after school or all day care, the Y's Child Care and 4K Programs will instill our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Your child will be nurtured with active fun at the YMCA!  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best.

Children ages two and older participate in gymnastics, KinderSports and Music & Movement classes, while children ages three and older participate in swimming lessons and field trips as well.

We can meet your family’s needs with either full-day or part-time attendance options.

Before & After School

Breakfast served for before school, and snack for after school.

Our dedicated staff can assist your child in working on homework or adjusting to socializing with a multitude of different aged children, making new friends and creating lasting friendships.

Games, arts/crafts, outdoor play and many more activities to keep your child active and engaged during their time with us.


Days Off Program

Looking for a place to take your child when school is out for the day?

The YMCA Days Off Program provides children with fun-filled activities while you are given peace of mind on both planned and full day releases and early release days.

Our caring staff will keep your child busy with sports and games, arts and crafts and swim time in an environment that is engaging and nurturing. Students should bring a swim suit, towel and water bottle.

Lunch is now included, along with a snack! Care is provided for children ages 5-12 years of age. Enrollment is limited and fills quickly - register in advance!

Snow Days Program

Your child will love the YMCA Snow Days Program where a day of fun and laughter awaits them.

A one-time fee reserves your spot for any and all full-day cancellations due to weather the school year. Snow Days programming from 6:30 am- 6:00 pm. Space is limited!

4K Program

D.C. Everest 4K Program

The D.C. Everest 4K Program is dedicated to developmentally appropriate practice and a robust learning environment for all children. Our talented and dedicated teachers provide play-based learning activities daily, where children can truly learn by experiencing their world.

At the heart of our 4K program is the Social-Emotional development of each student. It is our goal to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn and practice the skills for life-long learning.

For D.C. Everest enrollment, please call

Wausau School District 4K Program

Children learn through exploring and play! In early childhood programming, children are provided with opportunities to explore and apply new skills through child and teacher initiated activities. We use the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as the foundation to the Wisconsin Common Core State Standards and our Wausau School District Program Goals to guide our curricular and assessment decisions.

For Wausau enrollment, please call

Woodson YMCA Child Care Centers

If you have any questions or want more information on availability, please use the contact forms below.

Contact Wausau Branch Child Care Center

707 N. 3rd St., Wausau WI

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Contact Aspirus Branch Child Care Center

3402 Howland Ave., Weston WI

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