We are now accepting registration for 3 & 4 yr olds to join our program. Licensed through Bright from the Start, we introduce the students to Creative Curriculum which is based around centers. Preschool is August - May and the children transition into our Camper's in Training Program during the summer. We can provide quality care for your preschooler all day and year round!
Creative Critters participants will receive priority registration for the GA Lottery funded Pre-K program located at our facility.
Children must be potty-trained to attend this program.
2019 Creative Critters Summer Program - Information Coming Soon
The YMCA Pre-K program is a fun and exciting way to introduce your child to school! Using Creative Curriculum as a guide, our teachers arrange their classroom into a variety of learning centers that provide the children with both active and quiet play experiences. The lead teacher is state certified and is assisted by a certified para-professional. All teachers are CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety certified.
2019-2020 School Year Flyer - Coming Soon
Join the fun every afternoon in our licensed after-school program. We offer a variety of activities including arts & crafts, large and small group activities, clubs, snack time, field games, and homework time! This school year, we will also implement S.T.E.M. Curriculum which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Transportation provided from Rincon, Blandford and Ebenezer Elementary, Ebenezer Middle School, and Effingham County Middle School.
Our program is licensed through the State of Georgia and our staff is certified in CPR and First Aid.
Holiday Camps are available on most days the children are out of school, see the Holiday Camp Program info in the Program drop down.
When school is out the Y is open! Need childcare on school holidays? That is what Holiday Camp is for! Operating from 6:30 am - 6:30 pm, we can provide a day of adventure and fun for your child while you are at work. Children will participate in games, crafts, sports activities & much more! Each holiday has an innovative theme that will entertain, teach and motivate your child. Space is limited so reserve your spot at the Welcome Center.
Holiday Camp is open MOST Effingham School Holidays.
Holiday Camp Registration Form (only needed if you are not enrolled in )
Traditional Day Camp or our Specialty Camps at the Effingham YMCA share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too. Please look at attachments below for information on this year's Summer Day Camp Programs!
See You Next Summer!
This is a free babysitting service for our members, enabling parents to use our YMCA facilities unrestricted. Children are signed in and out of the Child Watch. Parents are required to remain in the YMCA facility when their children are attending Childwatch. The maximum daily stay is 2 hours.
Ages – 6 Weeks – 12 years of age.
Monday – Saturday Mornings: 8:45 am – 12 noon
Monday – Thursday Evenings: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
*Additional Summer Hours: For the months of June and July childwatch will open M-F at 8:00 am*
Bring your child to the Effingham YMCA’s Mother’s Morning Out and treat your child and yourself to a morning break. Your child will participate in fun activities, arts and crafts, games and music. Please pack a sack lunch and label all personal items. Ages – 6 wks – 5 yrs old
SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday 8:45 am – 1 pm
RATES: Members $5 /hr/child, Nonmembers $8/hr/child
Come join us for food, games, crafts, songs and lots of fun. Each KNO we have a new theme – from Luaus to Christmas parties, we celebrate year round! Children ages 5 months – 12 yrs old are welcome!
Dinner is included! Parents, please remember a change of clothing, diapers, baby food and a comfort item. Pre-paying at the front desk will make your drop off speedier and get your Parents Evening Out started more quickly!
KNO is the 2nd Saturday evening of Jan, Feb, March, May, Sept & Nov.
We offer seasonal sports programs for all ages. We offer Fall and Spring Soccer as well as Basketball and Cheerleading in the winter. The YMCA is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to swim or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the YMCA is about building the whole child, from the inside out.
The registration form is available below. Please print out the front and back of the form and return with payment to the front desk of the YMCA.
Online Registration is now available for youth sports programming.
We offer specialty programs for all ages. Karate, Krav Maga, Ladies Bible Study and arts/crafts classes are just a few of offerings. The YMCA is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming active, and developing healthy habits they’ll carry with them throughout their lives. Learn a new skill, while gaining the benefits of establishing a balanced life. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our monthly branch calendar, IN THE KNOW, for specialty programs currently being offered.
Effingham YMCA swim lessons are taught by well-trained instructors and focused on creating a student-centered, caring atmosphere. In this program, not only will the swimmer learn basic swimming skills, but there is also a focus on character values, personal safety and survival skills.
For information on class availability swim lesson levels and skills, please see the YMCA Welcome Center.
See You Next Pool Year!
We are proud to host the only recreational swim league in Effingham County! In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Effingham Stingrays won the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc regional championship. Registration is held every spring and our practices begin in May. Practices are held on Monday, Wed, and Fridays throughout the season. Meets are held on Saturday’s beginning in June against other branches of YMCA of Coastal Georgia.
We offer over 30 classes per week, which include Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamp, Active and Ageless, and much more! ALL included with your membership
10 + classes every week….what a work-out!!! Free with a membership.
The Y offers training on an individualized personal level. Find the right partner in your fitness from our many certified trainers.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCA helps adult cancer survivors reclaim their health and well being following a cancer diagnosis. The Y creates a welcoming community in which survivors can improve their strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of side effects, develop supportive relationships, and improve their quality of life.This program is FREE and available to everyone, membership at the YMCA is not required.
To refer a cancer survivor to this program or to become a program sponsor please contact Regina Clontz.
We host open gym for volleyball every Saturday afternoon from 1 pm until 5:30 pm returning in. Open indoor adult soccer is hosted each Tuesday evening from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (returning in March) and open basketball is scheduled each Wednesday and from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Come work on your skills! Recommended ages are 13 and up. Open gym is co-ed and participants organize the teams and playing time. You can also visit other branches in our association to play volleyball or pickup soccer at differing times. Check the gym schedules at the West Chatham YMCA in Pooler and the Habersham YMCA in mid-town Savannah. Would you like to see other indoor sports added to our Open Gym schedule? Contact Shannon or Matt to request other sports! To view a complete schedule of gym times please check out our Gym Schedules.
The Effingham YMCA is offering wellness programs to help you obtain your fit goals. Meetings cover a variety of topics ranging from pain management to stress management to how to read a nutritional label. Check our monthly branch calendar, IN THE KNOW, for wellness events during the month.
Classes are offered seasonally for a variety of certification. CPR and First Aid are offered several times per year. Lifeguard training is offered during the spring and summer months.
American Red Cross CPR Certification Course - February Event
Adult Program Registration Form - use for all Red Cross Certification Courses
The Christian Leadership Academy, a seven month program, is designed to take 12 rising high school sophomores and juniors from Effingham County public and private schools and train them in the skills of leadership done from a Christian perspective.
The purpose of the Christian Leadership Academy is to train today’s students to carry Christian leadership principles into the future world of family, education, church, government, and business. These select students will meet one evening a month, in various local locations, to discuss topics such as: Pursuing Personal Excellence, Discovering Your Purpose in Life, Principles of Christian Leadership in the Home, Being Informed and Involved in Government Leadership, Impacting Your Community Through the Local Church, Personal Financial Responsibility and Stewardship, and Christian Professional Ethics.
All participants will receive a free YMCA membership for one year (September‐August), special local media recognition, award of excellence upon completion of the program, valuable experience that can be added to their personal bio, and possible letters of recommendation used for college applications and/or job applications, priceless lessons from our present community leaders on what real success and Christian leadership look like, and a sense of purpose and direction for their future. Participants will also be required to give 20 hours of volunteer service to the YMCA over the course of the seven month program. Nomination applications should be submitted to the Effingham YMCA each August. Only 12 students will be selected by the Effingham YMCA Board of Directors for this very unique opportunity.
Our next CLA Nomination period will be August 2019