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Child Watch



Child Watch is a free program that allows adult family members to drop off their children in a fun, safe and age appropriate environment, while parents participate in YMCA activities and work-outs. Child watch is for YMCA members only. Age limits vary by branch.

For a printable version of the calendar please click here.

The schedule below is effective January 11, 2020.


Age 3 Months - 5 Years


Youth Fitness Center

The Youth Fitness Center is a special activity room at the YMCA of Middletown dedicated to our youth members, ages 5 (in Preschool) to 12 years old and their family members. The Hoist equipment in this room is designed specifically for members ages 6 and older (4’1” to 5’6” tall). An equipment orientation is provided to each child during thir first visit. The gymnasium is also utilized for a variety of sports and group games. After a hard workout, kids can continue to challenge themselves by playing games on our Wii.

Click here for a printable schedule.

Youth Fitness Center


June 25, 2018 - September 1, 2018
September 5, 2018 - June 21, 2019



First Step Preschool & Universal Pre-Kindergarten

6 Liberty Street, Middletown, NY 10940

Help your child develop the skills needed to succeed by enrolling in First Step Preschool at the Y where we make getting a quality preschool education fun for them and affordable for you.

Our preschool is located at our newest facility, The Center For Youth Programs, on Liberty Street in Middletown.

Each day, children are challenged by a fun-filled age appropriate curriculum developed by nurturing and experienced teachers to help students grow individually.

Our curriculum even includes weekly swim lessons.

Preschool Program – 3 Year Olds

Our 3 year old program encourages socialization and interaction while introducing academic elements in a fun and motivating environment. Hands-on projects and lessons using a variety of mediums such as glue, crayons, scissors, clay, sand, and occasionally “goop” helps children develop fine motor skills while gym time, weekly swimming lessons, and outdoor play builds strong gross motor skills.

  • Child must be 3 years old by December 1st and be potty trained
  • 1 Teacher and an assistant to 13 Children
  • 2, 3 or 5 Day Option
  • Half Day, Full Day & Extended Day Available

Pre-Kindergarten Program – 4 & 5 Year Olds

This Kindergarten readiness program helps acclimate children to the classroom setting. Our trained and caring teachers help children develop self-worth, independence and a sense of accomplishment through a curriculum designed to help master the basics required for kindergarten and stimulate a willingness to learn. Classroom challenges are modified when needed to allow children to work, play and learn at their own pace. Lessons on simple science, basic math, and early literacy are incorporated into a typical school day. Songs, gym activities, weekly swimming lessons, and games make the program complete.

  • Child must be 4 years old by December 1st and be potty trained.
  • 1 Teacher and an assistant to 15 Children
  • 2, 3 or 5 Day Option
  • Half Day, Full Day & Extended Day Available

Click here for 2018-2019 First Step Preschool Rates.


If you apply for financial assistance through our ACCESS program and qualify, your rates may be lower.
(Please be advised that the process takes up to 4 weeks to complete.)
Please click here for a printable ACCESS application.To register for First Step Preschool, please visit the YMCA of Middletown located at 81 Highland Avenue in Middletown.
For more information please call
845 344 9622
Click here for printable 2018-2019 Preschool Registration forms.

Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

The YMCA of Middletown has contracted with the Middletown School District to offer a free Universal Pre-K (UPK) program to families that reside in the Middletown School District. This is a kindergarten readiness program.  Our New York State certified teacher, along with her assistant will help to acclimate your child to their upcoming kindergarten classroom environment.  A primary goal of this program is to provide students with instruction in early literacy, basic math and simple science, as well as swimming lessons and gym time.  Our teachers, along with resources from the Middletown School District, encourage your child’s learning by helping them develop a sense of self-worth, independence and a sense of accomplishment. Though the curriculum is our own, we work closely with the district to provide the basics required for kindergarten and a strong educational foundation.  All classes have weekly swim lessons. Registration is conducted through the Middletown School District. This registration does not guarantee placement, but puts your child into the UPK lottery.

  • Child must be 4 years old by December 1st and potty trained.
  • 1 teacher and an assistant to 18 children
  • Monday – Friday
  • Morning Session 9:00am – 11:30am / Afternoon Session 12:15pm – 2:45pm
  • UPK students may attend an extended school day if registered for our half-day and/or extended day preschool program in addition to their UPK day


If you are enrolled in any of the above programs your family is eligible for our Family Advantage Membership Plan. For just $38 per month you will have access to all of our branch locations and their services and we’ll also waive your enrollment fee!

Please click here for details.


Ms. Sue Cumming
Daycare Director
Ms. Donna Grady
UPK Teacher
Ms. Wendy Lofrese
Preschool Teacher
Ms. Heather MacDougall
Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Naomi Marrero
Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Ashley Morris
UPK Teacher
Ms. Taylor Pawiczak
Preschool Teacher
Ms. Alexis Reyes
Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Sara Birdsall
Preschool Teachers Assistant
Ms. Bianca Casiano
UPK Teachers Assistant
Ms. Melissa Dubois
Pre-K Teachers Assistant
Ms. Vanessa Martinez
Preschool Teachers Assistant
Ms. Latoya Miller
Pre-K Teachers Assistant
Ms. Lizbeth Pasols
UPK Teachers Assistant
Ms. Linnette Soto
Pre-K Teachers Assistant

Club Kid




  • Registration begins June 1, 2017 at the Welcome Centers of the YMCA of Middletown and the South Orange Family YMCA.
  • In order for a child to attend Club Kid on the first day of school, registration MUST be submitted by August 31, 2017.
  • Registrations submitted after August 31, 2017 are subject to a 3 school-day waiting period from the date of registation to the date a child may start Club Kid.
  • Any registrations received after August 24, 2017 must include the registration fee and September payment at the time of registration and the automatic draft will begin October 1, 2017.
  • Current immunization records MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH PROGRAM REGISTRATION FORMS for Middletown Club Kid only.

Please scroll down to the registration portion of this section for printable registration forms.


Club Kid, our before and after school child care program, currently runs on site at numerous elementary schools in Orange County. In most districts, we provide both before and after school care for children in grades K-5. The Monroe Woodbury school district offers after school programs for K-8. In some schools, we offer only after school care. Each Club Kid program follows their school district’s calendar. For no additional charge, we provide this program on half days for both AM and PM participants. All of our Club Kid programs are registered and licensed by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS).


Our goal is to provide safe, fun, and supervised care for school-age children before and after school. We strive to provide an exciting and stimulating environment, while recognizing children's needs for quiet, individual activity. We offer a program where children can make choices that best suit their needs and interests. In our daily program, we strive to offer opportunities for:

* Personal Growth
* Improving Social Skills
* Developing Leadership Skills
* Appreciating Diversity
* Having FUN!



Children enrolled in the AM Club Kid program will have a variety of opportunities to start the day right. Activities such as arts and crafts, games, and quiet time for last-minute school projects are available. In the PM Club Kid program, we offer a supervised program that is less structured, allowing children to choose their daily schedule. Snack, homework time, arts and crafts, outside play, gym time, and special events create a diverse afternoon of activities.


All of our staff fit the criteria set forth by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. We pride ourselves on providing our staff with extensive training, which we continuously update. Our staff must be fingerprinted, have previous childcare experience, and be cleared by the N.Y. State Central Clearance.
We strive to provide staff that are trained, nurturing professionals who are willing to take the time to get to know each participant and their family.


You may register at any time, space permitting. When registering your child, please take note that there is a 3 school day waiting period before your child can start the program. A non-refundable registration fee is required to hold placement and monthly payments are due by the 1st of the month.

Please click here for a printable Club Kid registration packet.
Please click here for a printable Middle School Rec registration packet.


All changes and cancellations require a 15 day notice prior to the 1st of the month draft date in order to cancel or change that draft.  All changes and cancellations are subject to a $10 fee which can be paid at the time of the adjustment or on the next draft.


If you apply for financial assistance through our ACCESS program and qualify, your rates may be lower. (Please be advised that the process takes up to 4 weeks to complete).

Please click here for a printable ACCESS application. ACCESS applications are accepted starting July 15, 2017.


Please see the list below. If we do not currently offer Club Kid in your district, please don’t hesitate to call so that we may help you locate a before or after school program that will serve your needs.

Chester Elementary - AM/PM

Cornwall Elementary - PM

Golden Hill Elementary -AM/PM

Scotchtown Elementary - AM/PM
Goshen Intermediate - AM/PM

Students from Presidential Park, Maple Hill Elementary, W.A. Carter Elementary, Monhagen Middle School* and Twin Towers Middle School*  participate in Club Kid at The Center For Youth Programs located at 6 Liberty Street in Middletown. AM & PM programs are available. Please call us to learn more about transportation.
*Program only offered for children in 6th grade.

Minisink Elementary/Intermediate - AM/PM
Otisville Elementary - AM/PM

Monroe Woodbury
Central Valley Elementary - AM/PM
North Main Elementary - AM/PM
Pine Tree Elementary - AM/PM
Sapphire Elementary - AM/PM
Smith Clove Elementary - AM/PM
Middle School Recreation Program - PM

Pine Bush 
Pakanasink Elementary - AM/PM
Circleville Elementary (Held at PAK) - AM/PM*
E.J. Russell Elementary - AM/PM
Pine Bush Elementary (Held at EJR) - AM/PM*
*Children will be transported to the corresponding school.

Port Jervis 
Anna S. Kuhl Elementary - AM/PM
Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary - AM/PM

Valley Central
Montgomery Elementary - AM/PM
Berea Elementary - AM/PM

Leptondale Elementary - AM/PM
Ostrander Elementary - PM
Plattekill Elementary - AM/PM

Round Hill Elementary - AM/PM




Josh Horner - Wallkill, Valley Central, Minisink
845 956 1519 | 845 346 6280


Irene Rumsey - Monroe Woodbury, Washingtonville, Pine Bush, Cornwall
845 956 1493 | 914 443 1976

Krystal Cable - Middletown
845 395 1005 | 845 741 8636


Tanya Solan - Goshen, Florida, Chester, Port Jervis
845 394 2126


Lauren Goff
845 395 1004




If you are enrolled in any of the above programs, your family is eligible for our Family Advantage Membership Plan. For just $38 per month, you will have access to all of our branch locations and their services and we'll also waive your enrollment fee!

Please click here for details.




The YMCA's School's Out Vacation Camp offers families a safe place for children to play during school vacations such as winter recess and spring break as well as other school holidays.

Click here to learn about School's Out Vacation Camp.

Y Leaders Club


Y Teen Leaders Club offers teens (ages 13-17) the opportunity to work closely with their peers and YMCA staff to develop leadership training, life skills, and personal growth through the planning and organizing of service projects, character building activities, and social & recreational programming.

Activities include attending weekly meetings, developing club goals and activities, fund-raising and attending annual youth leadership rallies and leaders school along other YMCA Youth Leaders Clubs.

This program provides a safe haven for local youth to engage in positive activities under the guidance of adult supervisors and mentors that can assist participants in becoming confident and contributing adults within their community.


For more information, please contact:
Shawn Thomas
845 956 1512

Junior Leaders Club gives preteens, ages 10 to 12, the opportunity to make a difference in the community by working together to plan and implement service activities. The club also volunteers at YMCA special events and receives mentoring from the members of the Y Teen Leaders Club.


Brittany Binnie
845 395 1021

Youth & Government


The New York State YMCA Youth & Government Program provides high school teens with the opportunity to use their
thoughts, voices and actions to make a change. The program is dedicated to teaching young people to use the democratic
process to affect change that has an impact on their individual communities and around the State.

RESEARCH an issue of concern
it before an assembly of peers

This is a great opportunity to test problem solving and communication skills. Attend a State Conference in Albany with teens
from around the state in the State and Assembly Chambers and Judicial Courtrooms to debate proposed changes.

Lobbyist  Journalist Youth Attorney Legislator

One person may not be able to make a difference , but collectively, concerned teens around the State have the power to make a noise that



For more information, please contact
Brittany Binnie-Dorelus
845 956 1512

American Red Cross Courses

The YMCA of Middletown is an Authorized Provider for the American Red Cross.
Every year, dozens of teens and adults learn to save lives through our First Aid, CPR and Lifeguarding classes.

Click here for the 2017-2018 Course List.




The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over. Course Length: 26 hours



  • Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Swim goggles are not allowed.
Course NumberCourse Name Course Date(2018) ScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
17Lifeguard TrainingMarch 26, 27, 28 & 2810:00am-6:00pm$325$375
23Waterfront Lifeguarding (Must be a current Red Cross Lifeguard)May 610:00am-1:00pm$100$150
29Lifeguard TrainingMay 20 & May 21, 22, 23 & 2410:00am-6:00pm
33Lifeguard TrainingJune, 5, 6, 7 8 & June 95:00pm-10:00pm
35Waterfront Lifeguarding (Must be a current Red Cross Lifeguard)June 1010:00am-1:00pm$100$150
Click Here for the 2017-2018 Course Registration Form.

Lifeguarding Recertification’s

  • You must be currently certified
  • Your certification must be Red Cross
  • CPR & AED are included in this class

Bring your current certification to class with you.

Course NumberCourse Name Course Date(2018) ScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
13Lifeguard RecertificationFeb 410:00am-6:00pm$150$200
15Lifeguard RecertificationMarch 1010:00am-6:00pm$150$200
19Lifeguard RecertificationApril 810:00am-6:00pm$150$200
21Lifeguard RecertificationApril 1410:00am-6:00pm$150$200
25Lifeguard RecertificationMay 8 & 96:00pm-10:00pm$150$200
27Lifeguard RecertificationMay 1910:00am-6:00pm$150$200
31Lifeguard RecertificationJune 310:00am-6:00pm$150$200
37Lifeguard RecertificationJune 1610:00am-6:00pm$150$200
39Lifeguard RecertificationJune 2310:00am-6:00pm$150$200
Click Here for the 2017-2018 Course Registration Form.

Lifeguard Instructor

Take your Lifeguard Trainig to the next level and become a certified instructor so you can teach others to save lives. Course Length: 24 hours

This course will certify you to teach:

  • Lifeguarding
  • Lifeguard Blended Learning
  • Shallow Water Lifeguarding
  • Waterpark Skills
  • Administering Emergency Oxygen
  • Blood borne Pathogens Training
  • CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers & Health Care Providers



  • 17 years old on or before the last day of the instructor course.
  • Possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate or equivalent from another organization.
  • Successful completion of the Online Session for the Lifeguarding Instructor course.
  • Successful completion of the Pre-course Session.
  • Obtain course materials before starting the first classroom session of the instructor course.


Water Safety with Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT)

Take your Lifeguard Trainig to the next level and become a certified instructor so you can teach others to save lives. Course Length: 24 hours

To train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses, six levels of Learn-to-Swim, three levels of Preschool Aquatics and two levels of Parent and Child Aquatics. Course Length: 35 hours



  • Be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course
  • Successfully complete the precourse session.

Please call the Aquaticss Department for availability.


CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers

The purpose of the American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers program is to train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. Course Length: 6 hours




Course NumberCourse Name Course Date(2018) ScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
16CPR for the Professional with First AidFeb 1910:00am-6:00pm$125$175
48CPR for the Professional with First Aid
April 281:30pm-8:30pm$125$175
30CPR for the Professional with First AidJune 21 & 226:00pm-10:00pm$125$175
Click Here for the 2017-2018 Course Registration Form.

CPR Recertification

  • You must be currently certified
  • Your certification must be Red Cross
  • CPR & AED are included in this class

Bring your current certification to class with you.

Course NumberCourse Name Course Date(2018) ScheduleYMCA Member FeeProgram Member Fee
14CPR RecertificationFeb 410:00am-2:00pm$100$125
18CPR RecertificationMarch 1010:00am-2:00pm$100$125
20CPR RecertificationApril 810:00am-2:00pm$100$125
22CPR RecertificationApril 1410:00am-2:00pm$100$125
50CPR Recertification
April 291:30pm-5:30pm$100$125
24CPR RecertificationMay 86:00pm-10:00pm$100$125
26CPR RecertificationMay 1910:00am-2:00pm$100$125
28CPR RecertificationJune 310:00am-2:00pm$100$125
32CPR RecertificationJune 1610:00am-2:00pm$100$125
34CPR RecertificationJune 2310:00am-2:00pm$100$125
Click Here for the 2017-2018 Course Registration Form.

First Aid

This program teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. Course length: 3 hours





Babysitting Course

To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic childcare and basic first aid. Course length: 6 hours



None – Recommended age 11–15 years.



For more information on any of these classes contact
Danielle McAvinue
845 956 1549


Group Swim Lessons

Our Y recognizes that swimming is an important life skill for anyone at any age. Participating in swimming lessons at the Y builds self-confidence, gives both kids and adults the opportunity to have fun discovering what they can achieve, and incorporates water safety skills that one day could save a life. The Y offers classes for everyone and our trained instructors do their best to make sure everyone feels safe and successful in our program. The appropriate swimming group is chosen based on age and ability.


Parent & Child Swimming Lessons (Ages 6 months - 3 years)

It's important for parents to form reasonable and healthy expectations for their infant/toddler when it comes to swimming and water safety. At the Y, we use songs, games and activities to increase the level of trust between parents and their children in the water, creating a positive experience, while introducing basic aquatic safety precautions to both parent and child. Classes meet once a week for 30 minutes. (Ratio: 1 Instructor to 10 Infant/Child Pairs)


Preschool Swimming Lessons (Ages 3 years - 5 years)

In the Y's preschool aquatics program, children develop fundamental swimming skills that set the foundation for swimming to become a lifelong activity. Our progressive swimming program includes 4 levels of instruction using age appropriate activities to teach swimming and water safety skills. Classes meet once a week for 30 minutes. (Ratio: 1 Instructor to 5 Children)

1 Pike - Beginner: Non-swimmer
2 Eel - Advanced beginner: Non-swimmer, comfortably submerges face under water
3 Ray - Intermediate: Comfortable in the water, almost swims independently
4 Starfish - Advanced: Swims independently


Youth Swimming Lessons (Ages 6 years - 12 years)

Through a progression of 6 swimming levels, children develop the skills they need to become safe, strong, and proficient in the water. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. (Polliwog - Minnow Ratio: 1 Instructor to 8 Children / Fish-Shark Ratio: 1 Instructor to 10 Children)

1 Polliwog - Beginner: Non-swimmer
2 Guppy - Advanced beginner: Comfortable in the water & cabable of swimming 20 feet
3 Minnow - Intermediate: Swims independently, learning front & back crawl
4 Fish - Advanced #1: Able to swim 20 yards front crawl & back crawl, learning elementary backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly
5 Flying Fish - Advanced #2: Refining all strokes & building endurance
6 Shark - Advanced #3: Proficient at all strokes, building endurance and learning turns


Teen & Adult Swimming Lessons (Ages 13 years & Older)

It’s never too late to learn. Lessons are available for every ability level, from the non-swimmer who is terrified of the water to the lap swimmer just looking to improve their strokes. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. (Ratio: 2 Instructors to 10 Adults)

Click here to view the upcoming or current program session and to learn how to register.


Private Swim Lessons

Looking for a more intense and individualized swimming lesson?

Private Lessons - Work one-on-one with one of our swimming instructors and schedule sessions around a more flexible schedule (30 minutes).

Semi Private Lessons - Its more fun to learn with a friend. Semi private lessons can be arranged for two swimmers of the same swimming ability.

Both private & semi private lessons can be arranged for either 30 minutes or 1 hour, however, the 1 hour lessons are only recommended for the more advanced swimmers looking to build endurance and focus on technique.


Please contact Danielle McAvinue (Aquatics Director) at 845 344 9622 ext. 253 or to make arrangements.


Family Swim

Family Swim is a recreational swim time where families enjoy quality time playing together in our pool. Swim bubbles, noodles and  pool toys are available. For safety reasons, inflatable floats and rafts are not permitted in our pool. Please view our pool schedule at the top of this page for the current Family Swim Schedule.

Family Swim Rules:

  • All children age 7 and younger must be accompanied in the water by an adult.
  • Children ages ages 8-12 who can not swim independently must be accompanied in the water by an adult.
  • Children ages 8-12 who can swim independently must have an adult present on the pool deck at all times.
  • Non-swimmers of any age are not permitted in the deep end of the pool unless wearing a lifejacket/bubble and accompanied by an adult.
  • Swimmers will be evaluated by a lifeguard before being permitted to swim in water deeper than their own chest level.

Please click here to be directed to our Aquatics page where you can view the current pool schedule.



Improve skills, make new friends, be active, try something new – play a sport at the Y.

Our YMCA offers a variety of instructional sports programs for all ages, from parent and child programs for infants to Red Ball Tennis for seniors. Programs offered as well as schedules and fees vary by branch and season.



Instructional Sports Classes (Seasonal):

Click here to be redirected to our PROGRAMS page where you can view the current program guide for each of our branches.


Competitive Youth/Teen Sports:

Barracudas Swim Team
Lady Elite Volleyball


Teen/Adult Sports Leagues:

Men’s Basketball League
Adult Volleyball League



Beat the Streets


The YMCA opens its doors on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Saturday of every month (October-June) from 7:00pm-10:00pm, to provide youth ages 10-17 an alternative from the streets and offers them opportunities to participate in  fun, safe, productive activities:

Basketball - Swimming - Exercise & Workouts - Chess - Board Games - Ping Pong - Foosball
Arts & Crafts - Dances - Trips - Xbox Kinect - Wii - Video Game Tournaments - Dodgeball - and MORE!

YMCA Members attend for FREE.
All others are just $2 per night.

For more information contact:
Aimee Saez
845 956 1491

Kids Night Out