Helena YMCA
For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility
Every day is full of potential
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Offering programs for kids 6 weeks to 14 years.

At the Y, we know that having quality child care is important to the well-being of children and families. The Helena Family YMCA Childcare Program is committed to providing quality child care in a safe and loving environment by a dedicated and caring staff. We offer a comfortable and stimulating atmosphere, which allows children to develop at their own pace. Our curriculum focuses on the total development of the child - socially, emotionally, cognitively, and physically. We believe each child is a unique individual and all children are respected for their differences. We will provide an environment in our program that will assist children to maintain their uniqueness and their differences. Every child, regardless of sex, race, or religion, will have the same advantages and opportunities as every other child.



childcareThe YMCA Early Learning Center (ELC) On Broadway is pleased to offer full time care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.  Our newest YMCA childcare site is located at 1403 East Broadway Street in Helena.  At the ELC your child will spend his or her days in a nurturing, positive, child-centered environment with a focus on developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for all ages including Kindergarten readiness.  You can expect your child to participate in activities that will encourage his or her social and emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.  The ELC has partnered with the Child and Adult Care Food Program to help meet your child’s nutritional needs by providing a healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day.


The Early Learning Center on Broadway will be open from 6:30 am until 6 pm week days.  The ELC will be closed on Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

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6 weeks – 2 yrs:     $725.00 per month

2 yrs -6yrs:     $610 per month

There is a one time registration fee of $25 per child.  Payments will be drafted from a credit/debit card or a checking/savings account that will draw on the first of every month.  A $30 non-sufficient fund fee will be applied to returned payments.

All openings are based on full day Monday-Friday care.   A $50 sibling discount is offered to multi-child families.  Best Beginnings Scholarships are welcome!


The center provides breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack at no additional charge.  This center participates in the Federal USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program and receives reimbursements for meals served which meet certain nutritional requirements.


A tour of the ELC can be arranged by calling the YMCA (ask for Darla) or  simply stop by anytime during normal operating hours.


"This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer."  Note:  A link to the full non-discrimination statement is here:




At the Y you're not just dropping off your child for a day of fun activities, you're tapping into an expert summer camp resource committed to providing high-quality, age-appropriate experience.   We curb summer learning loss with dedicated reading time and STEM activities.  Worried about summer weight gain?   We are constantly moving. Boredom?  Not here!

Summer 2017 program guide

There is a $15 NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE fee required to hold a child's spot in daycamp.  The balance is due at least two weeks before the start of each camp week that you have reserved for your child.

Lunch and snack will be provided Monday-Friday!  Financial Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

registration opens April 1 for YMCA members and April 29 for non-members  

Automatic payment plans are available, you must have a credit card to set up automatic payment plans on-line.  


YMCA Day Camp: more ACTIVE, more LEARNING, more FUN.

Give your child the BEST SUMMER EVER.

*Kids must have finished Kindergarten and be entering 1st grade in the 2017-2018 school year to attend day camp.


$155 Y-Members/$205 Non-Members

Rates are per child, per week.  There is a non-refundable, Non-transferable $15 deposit required per child, per week to reserve your spot.  Registration opens April 1st for YMCA members only.  Registration for non-members opens April 29th at Healthy Kids Day.    Weeks do fill up quickly.  Please call 442.9622 for availability.

Camps are Monday through Friday 9 AM - 4 PM, before and after care is available at no additional charge.  Our counselors are highly motivated, trained individuals and most are pursuing careers in education.  We strive to maintain an average camper to counselor ratio of 10:1.

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The YMCA follows the Helena School District #1 and East Helena School District Calendars.  We offer childcare on Holidays and most school in-service days.  There is no member discount.



December 26-29:  Holidays Around the World

Camp will be in the Bryant Elementary Gym from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Campers need to bring a healthy sack lunch, water bottle and weather appropriate clothes and shoes. A healthy snack is provided.

Travel to China,  England, France, and Saudi Arabia to learn how they celebrate the holiday season! Fun stuff  like making Chinese lanterns and swimming at the YMCA. Learn to make a traditional holiday dessert from Brazil. Sing "O Christmas Tree" in German and learn how they say "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii. It will be four days of fun, making friends, and cool activities!

AGES:  K-8th Grade

We are  offering additional curriculum for kids grades 4-8 who are developmentally ready for more 'big kid' fun!

FEE:  $30/Day per child

Save the Date for the next Holiday Camp:  Spring Break (March 27-31)





See What the Y Brings After the Bell Rings!

The YMCA offers after school care at Bryant Elementary School.  Our program is partially funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Grant through the Office of Public Instruction (OPI).   

Space is limited.  Please contact Jen Shaw at [email protected] or 442-9622 to ask about availability.  


Preference in the program is given on a first-come, first-served basis to students enrolled at Bryant Elementary.  If space allows, students from other Helena Elementary schools may enroll in the program.  However, the YMCA does not provide transportation from the child's regular school to Bryant Elementary.

Bryant After School Fees

Type of Care5 days/wk4 days/wk3 days/wk2 days/wk1 day/wkDaily Rate*
PM only$165/mo$140/mo$110/mo$90/mo$70/mo$20

Financial Assistance is available.  No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Financial Assistance Application (pdf)

There is a $15 non-refundable/non-transferable registration fee required. There is a 10% sibling discount.

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3:00 PMSign in & Healthy SnackSchool in sessionSchool in sessionSchool in sessionSchool in session
3:30 PMWeekly Character LessonSign in & Healthy SnackSign in & Healthy SnackSign in & Healthy SnackSign in & Healthy Snack
4:00 PMHomeworkHomeworkHomeworkHomeworkFun Friday Activity
4:30 PMPhysical Exercise Activity or gamePhysical Exercise Activity or gamePhysical Exercise Activity or gamePhysical Exercise Activity or gameFun Friday Activity
5:00 PMInterest Centers (Science, arts & crafts, etc.)Interest Centers (Science, arts & crafts, etc.)Interest Centers (Science, arts & crafts, etc.)Interest Centers (Science, arts & crafts, etc.)Fun Friday Activity
5:30-6:00 PMSign-out & pick-upSign-out & pick-upSign-out & pick-upSign-out & pick-upSign-out & pick-up

A healthy snack is provided each day with support from the Child And Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Click here for more information.

For more information contact Jen Shaw at or 442-9622

The YMCA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

“And Justice for All…”

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.  To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.


Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Mon-Fri: 5:30 AM-10 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM

Holiday Schedule

Drop-In Day Care Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM-1:15 PM & Tues-Fri 4:30 PM-7 PM
Ages 3 months to 8 years

Helena Family YMCA

1200 North Last Chance Gulch
Helena MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-9622
Fax: (406) 442-2577