Child care support

YMCA Summer Camp priority registration open now for members, past camp attendees

The YMCA of Central Kentucky’s day camp helps kids develop skills, self-confidence, new friendships and a sense of belonging – all while having fun in a safe environment led by caring staff.

Games and sports, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, and science and technology, all with a weekly theme, offer kids the chance to learn new things and enjoy new adventures.

Use promo code EARLYCAMP to save $35 on the registration fee when you sign up by March 31.

Registration opens to the rest of the community beginning March 15.

For more information and to register, visit ymcacky.org/camp.


The Y Academy at UK’s Spring Break Camp

Pack your bags and load up the car, because we’re taking a cross-country trip (virtually, of course!) through the biggest and brightest destinations in the USA! From exploring New York City to strolling down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, we’ll visit parts of the country you don’t get to see every day. Children will be making their own travel postcards and landmark crafts to bring home to their families. At the end of the trip, we will celebrate with a Kentucky-themed party!

March 29 – April 2
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 per child

Limited spots are still available.

Sign up online.

For questions or more information, contact Kathryn Cook at 859-218-0018.


YMCA after-school program

The YMCA of Central Kentucky’s after-school program provides youth with a safe place to go after the bell. More importantly, it helps youth realize who they are and what they can achieve. The balanced program supports academic achievement, fosters health and wellness, and instills positive social-emotional skills through:

  • Literacy and reading
  • STEAM activities
  • Nutritional education
  • Physical activity
  • Homework assistance
  • Healthy snacks
  • Character development

Care is provided on-site at the Y Academy at UK, and the program runs from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. Transportation is not provided.

Sign up here.


Free virtual K-12 tutoring for UK employees’ children through end of school year

As a University of Kentucky employee, if you have school-age children, you can now sign them up for a virtual tutoring service with a UK student at no cost to you. NOTE: This program is currently at capacity. Requests will be added to a waitlist.

Click here to learn more.


School-age and child care information

School-age and child care information is available below, on the HR Resources for Parents webpage and on the UK Working Parents Facebook page. If you have questions about the resources, email Azetta Beatty, HR Work-Life manager.


School-age child care on campus

The Y Academy at UK is open to all university and UK HealthCare employees (including affiliated entities and Kentucky Medical Services Foundation).

Located at the corner of Nicholasville Road and Alumni Drive, the Y Academy at UK offers full-day licensed care for school-aged children.

The YMCA continues to run licensed full day child care 6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mon. -Fri., on campus during the pandemic.  With school systems in virtual learning, the Y Academy at UK offers a fun, safe and supportive environment to assist students in their academic needs while also providing enrichment activities during non-academic periods.

Each child should bring a laptop/Chromebook, computer charger, headphones/ear buds, school supplies, face mask, and a non-refrigerated, nut-free lunch. The Y Academy gathers information on student schedules and counselors are available to support student needs, including NTI/2DL. For more program information, please contact Kathryn Cook at kcook@ymcacky.org.

Learn more about The Y Academy at UK and their health and safety protocols. Watch this video to learn how safety protocols are implemented and view the facility. 

Enrollment process:
Employees can enroll their school-age child at The Y Academy at UK at the following rates:

Full-time: 3-5 days per week: $75/week/child
Part-time: 2 days per week: $40/week/child

To register your child for two days a weeksign up here and use promo code UK2Days.
Please email the business office at bsweeney@ymcacky.org or torlando@ymcacky.org  to discuss part-time options

To register your child for five days per weeksign up here and use promo code UKWeekly.

The YMCA will provide a tuition credit for families currently enrolled.


Financial assistance and learning loss prevention program at The Y Academy

CCAP is accepted (payment is required until verification received). Financial assistance is provided for those who qualify (payment is required until verification received). For more information, please visit the YMCA of Central Kentucky Financial Assistance webpage.

BELLXcel learning loss prevention program is also available for those who are interested. For more information on BELLXcel, please contact Sharonda Steele at ssteele@ymcacky.org

For questions about The Y Academy facility or program, email Tanya Edwards.


Day care for infants, toddlers and preschool children

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass is located on Alumni Drive, across from Kroger Field (UK football stadium).  Call 859-218-2322 for current availability and scholarship opportunities.

All About Kids offers childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Kindred offers child care options including full-time, part-time and temporary nannies or as needed sitters.

Lotsa Helping Hands can help with coordinating care among households. Several employees who have found success with shared child care networks in their neighborhoods or seeking help of family and friends to provide in-home care.

Big Blue Family Care has been and remains a great resource to find a UK student who can help with child care or tutoring. You can request a student for just your household or join with other families and find a student who can support your collective child care needs.


Additional Resources

COVID-19 and child care centers information is also available from the Lexington-Fayette County health department.