Child Care

YMCAs are collectively the nation's largest provider of child care, providing hundreds of thousands of parents with peace of mind to succeed in their jobs and support their families.   For the times you can't be there yourself, it is reassuring to know the Great Plains Family YMCA in Weatherford, Oklahoma, supports your efforts to ensure your child's healthy development. Since 2000, the YMCA has been providing high-quality, affordable child care for families in the Great Plains area. Our well-trained staff is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of your child in a structured and nurturing environment. Y staff members are partners with parents and other caregivers, working together to help kids grow up healthy, happy and strong.

 

Meeting the needs of communities, strengthening families and helping children to grow have always been central to the YMCA's mission and philosophy. Through our YMCA Child Care programs, we do just that.  The Great Plains Family YMCA provides the community with a Child Development Center in addition to programs such as Prime Time, No-School Fun Days, Summer Day Camp and Child Watch.  These programs help kids grow physically, mentally and spiritually, while emphasizing and modeling character development values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

 

Child Development Center

The YMCA Child Development Center staff strives to meet age appropriate play experiences in a safe and healthy learning environment in which a child can develop his or her own individual and unique potential socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

The YMCA Child Development Center (CDC) believes the first five years of childhood are the most important in the development of learning.  The YMCA CDC provides a safe, caring, environment with a developmentally age appropriate program to set the foundation for learning experiences. We use the “Whole Child Development” philosophy, which means we provide a day of developmentally appropriate, fun activities where children can develop socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

The motto of the YMCA CDC is “Hands on Learning.” The learning experience is centered cdc.jpgon a weekly theme that is used center wide. Children learn by doing, touching, smelling, and experiencing. To help facilitate the child’s learning experience, our classrooms are set up with a print-rich environment with learning centers such as blocks, home living, science, library, dramatic play, writing, and quiet area. The learning experiences are also taken outdoors. Outdoor learning experiences include large motor free play on a large playground, games, sand and water play, science, chalk drawings, paintings and dramatic play. Our staff realize that each child is 100_0657.jpgunique and has different needs and interests. Therefore, the educational program is set up to allow children to develop at his or her own pace and developmental level. When planning play experiences, a child’s age and interests are given full attention.

Providing a caring, nurturing environment also gives each child the opportunity to develop positive self-esteem. We feel a parent interacting in their child’s learning experience is invaluable to the quality of their child’s life, so we welcome parents in our classroom at all times. pic1.jpg

The institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  All of the policies are subject to change due to YMCA policies, state childcare licensing requirements and changes in the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation or Director’s discretion.

 

Administration and Staff

Director: Sharbee Heinrichs
Office: YMCA Child Development Center
Address: 1500 Airport Road, Weatherford, OK 73096
Telephone: 580-774-0404
Fax: 580-774-0406 or 580-772-0433
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Accreditation Status

The YMCA Child Development Center was established in September 2000.  It's currently renovated location opened November, 1 2004.  The facility was constructed with 5 large classrooms that were designed to facilitate the needs of children ages 1 through Pre-K.

The center obtained it's two star rating in 2001.

In April 2009, the center was awarded a National Accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.  This enabled the center to become a Three Star Facility.

Also, "The YMCA believes in building character by upholding the values of Honesty, Responsibility, Respect and Caring."

 

No School Fun Days

Overview

When the kids are off from school for holidays or teacher’s conferences, why not enroll kidsonfront.jpgthem in the Great Plains Family YMCA No-School Fun Days Program? The YMCA Child Care also includes No School Fun Days for all day care on school holidays.  The YMCA offers organized activities, which include indoor wall climbing, roller-skating, swimming, games, and arts & crafts projects.  We will also transport the children to Rader Park if the weather permits.

Our program for Kindergarten-13 years of age, opens at 5:30 a.m. and counselors are on duty until 6:00 p.m.  The children are required to bring a mid-morning snack, a sack lunch, and a swimsuit and a towel if they want to swim.

For more information about No School Fun Days, including the fees, contact the YMCA by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 580-772-0202. The Great Plains Family YMCA is located at 1400 N. Airport Road in Weatherford just off I-40 at exit 84.

 

Prime Time After School Program

Overview

After a long day of school, kids need to let loose and have some fun. Parents want to primetime.jpgknow their kids are doing this in a safe and positive atmosphere. The Great Plains Family YMCA in Weatherford satisfies both sides with the Prime Time After School Program.

Prime Time is open to students in grades K-5. Transportation is provided from respective elementary schools in Weatherford to the YMCA. An afternoon snack is provided and activities include devotions, games, arts and crafts, sports, roller-skating, fitness days, and more. All activities are under the supervision of counselors who are caring, positive role models. Counselors are on duty until 6:00 p.m.

Some of the fun activities children may participate in are wall-climbing, roller-skating, swimming, arts and crafts, games and more. Children are under close supervision of qualified counselors who are caring, positive role models. Counselors are always available until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Our program operates every day that school is in session.

Enrollment information may be picked up at the YMCA. As with all YMCA programs, financial assistance is available based on need. This assistance is limited.  Forms are available at the YMCA office.

For more information about Prime Time, including the fees, contact the YMCA by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 580-772-0202. The Great Plains Family YMCA is located at 1400 N. Airport Road in Weatherford just off I-40 at exit 84.

 

Summer Camp

Overview

The Great Plains Family YMCA Summer Camp is a full day child care program, which is an extension of the YMCA’s basic philosophy to help children realize their full physical, mental and spiritual potential in a trusting and stable setting.

The YMCA Summer Camp offers organized activities, which include roller-skating, summer_camp.jpgswimming, field trips and arts & crafts projects. A weekly schedule of the outings and activities will be available to each camper every Thursday during the duration of the program. The schedule will include where the campers will be going each day, what the campers need to bring each day, what time we will leave the YMCA each day, what time we will be returning each day and what activities the campers will be doing each day.

The YMCA summer camp program opens at 7:30 a.m. and counselors are on duty until 6:30 p.m.
It is open to ages 5 & 6 (Kids Club) and 7-11 (Prime Time).

There is a monthly activity fee or you can sign up for all the field trips for the summer for 100_0371.jpgone price. Each Wednesday the participants are encouraged to wear their YMCA camp t-shirts.

It is the YMCA policy that no one is denied the benefit of program participation due to personal financial hardship. If you are interested in this program and are in need of financial assistance, please contact the YMCA 580-772-0202.

For more details, including fees, on Summer Camp, contact the Great Plains Family YMCA   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 580-772-0202) or the YMCA Child Development Center 580-774-0404.  The YMCA builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities. The Great Plains Family YMCA is located at 1400 N. Airport Road in Weatherford, just off I-40 at exit 84.