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.





10 AM - 2 PM


YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,300 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning.


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.



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.

Grab your space helmet and get ready to LAUNCH!  We are going to have so much fun exploring the solar system, making our own space stations, launching rockets, experiencing "0-G" (zero-gravity) in the pool,  and sampling space snacks.  Your kids do not want to miss another FAR OUT week of Y camp.

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






registration opens April 1 for YMCA members and April 21 for non-members

*Kids must have finished Kindergarten and be entering 1st grade in the 2018-2019 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 21st 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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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.

2:30 PMEarly ReleaseSchool in sessionSchool in sessionSchool in sessionSchool in session
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