Child Watch

More than ever, busy parents need support. When parents come to the Y for a class, group activity or workout, their kids need a safe, enriching environment where they can build healthy, trusting relationships with other kids and adults. At Child Watch, children ages 6 months to 11 years old play under the supervision of caring, trained Y staff. At the same time, their parents are able to relax, connect with other Y members and enjoy healthy activities at the Y.


Child Watch is available free of charge to children whose parents are family members of the Y. Parents may leave their children at Child Watch for a maximum of two hours per day and must be in the Ann Arbor YMCA facility while their children are in Child Watch.


Safe Beginnings

We put safety first with a sign in/sign out procedure that we practice at all times. Children are signed in by a parent/guardian each time they visit Child Watch. Whoever signed the child in must be the person picking up child/ children. If someone else will be picking up your child we REQUIRE A PICTURE ID from whoever is picking up your child. In addition these alternate plans

need to be arranged with Child Watch staff prior to pick up of your child.


Child Watch Staff

Our goal is to provide a nurturing and developmentally appropriate

environment for your child while you are at the Y. Child Watch staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid. Our staff exhibit personal qualities that exemplify the YMCA character values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.


Behavior Motivation

We enable each child to follow his or her individual interests when playing. We also provide the opportunity for kids to participate in a group activity. If your child displays inappropriate behavior, Child Watch staff will redirect his/her behavior and, where appropriate, discuss better behavior choices with your child.


Keeping Kids Healthy

In order to keep a clean and healthy environment for our children and staff, we ask that you do not bring your child to Child Watch if they are sick or displaying any sign of illness. Please do not bring a child if they have the following symptoms:

Fever within 24 hours

Vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours

Unusual spots or rashes and other infectious illnesses

If your child has experienced any of these symptoms, they are not permitted in Child Watch until 24 hours after these symptoms have stopped, or without written consent from your doctor that your child is not contagious. Also to prevent illness, all children are encouraged to sanitize their hands and to wear socks and/or shoes during their time in Child Watch.


Toys From Home

We have a great variety of toys, books and other activities for your children during their visit with us. For this reason we do not encourage children to bring personal belongings to Child Watch. Pacifiers and car seats are encouraged for infants; however, pacifiers must be attached to children with clips.


Your Child’s Comfort



Children should be sufficiently fed prior to their arrival at Child Watch. For safety reasons, no food or dairy products are permitted in Child Watch. Y staff are also not permitted to bottle feed infants or children while they are in Child Watch. Closed drink containers with juice or water are permitted, but they must be labeled with the child’s name using a label provided by Child Watch staff.



While in the Y facility, please listen to all pages and announcements from the Y’s public address system. Should your child become upset and remain upset for more than 10 minutes, Child Watch staff will page you.



Please be sure your child has a clean diaper on when you sign him/her in to Child Watch. Child Watch is not a licensed day care facility, and therefore we cannot change diapers. You will be paged if your child needs to be changed.


Convenient Hours

Please note: Child Watch will be closed on Monday, May 25th, July 4 and 5, Monday, September 7th


Child Watch is open on the following days/times:

Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Monday–Friday 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Sunday 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m