School Days Out
Jan 5, 2022

Giving Families Peace of Mind Through Reliable, High-quality Child Care

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s mission to strengthen children, families, and communities calls upon us to show up for local youth in every way we can. Right now, that means providing high-quality child care options as negotiations between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago Teachers Union continue.

Throughout these negotiations, several of our locations will be offering Schools Day Out, the Y’s signature child care program for days when school isn’t in session.

Youth aged 6-12 enrolled in our Schools Day Out program will enjoy STEAM activities, arts and crafts, sports, and enriching games led by the Y’s caring and knowledgeable staff. Meanwhile, parents and guardians can have peace of mind knowing their kids are staying engaged in a safe community space.

“While parents and caregivers are at work, our Ys will provide quality education enrichment to Chicago Public School students while classes are not in session, giving them a safe and engaging learning environment," said Dorri McWhorter, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. "The Y’s Schools Day Out program brings positive learning activities led by caring role models to our community’s young people, helping them reach their full potential so they can grow into thriving adults.”

All activities take place in a structured, socially distanced environment while complying with current public health guidelines. Face coverings are required at all times, and students will need to pack their own breakfast, lunch, and snacks as an additional COVID-19 safety measure.

Rates and availability vary depending on location with discounts for members, so be sure to reach out to your local Y for more information. The Y is committed to making child care more accessible to Chicagoland’s families, and we offer financial assistance in some situations.

Contact info and start dates are listed in the chart below:

Irving Park YMCA 4251 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641 773-777-7500
Lake View YMCA 3333 N. Marshfield, Chicago, IL 60657 773-248-3333
North Lawndale YMCA 3449 W Arthington St, Chicago, IL 60624 773-638-0773
South Side YMCA 6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637 773-947-0700
McCormick YMCA 1834 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 773-235-2525
Rauner Family YMCA 2700 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608 773-847-3115