Child Watch is a drop-in daycare service available for YMCA Members. Drop off your children with our caring staff and you can have a worry-free workout. A Family or Adult Membership is required, and the child must be part of the family unit. 

When is this service available?

  • Designated times are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • See branch-specific times below.

What is the cost?

Child Watch can be added to your membership for $20 per month for up to 2 children. Additional children will cost $10 per month per child. This service is a member benefit and qualifies for member assistance through our Membership For All (MFA) Program. Please call or stop at the Member Service Desk to add this to your membership!


Anything else I need to know?

  • No food is allowed in Child Watch areas except for formula.

  • Children of all ages are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

  • This service follows licensing procedures but IS NOT a licensed childcare program. 


  • Monday-Friday from 8:00-11:00 AM 

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5:00-8:00 PM

  • Sunday from 4:00-6:00 PM

To add this service to your membership, call or visit the Member Service Desk or email rschrader@ymca-cv.org.


  • Monday & Thursday from 8:30-10:30 AM

  • Monday & Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 PM 

  • Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM

  • IMPORTANT UPDATE - Chippewa Falls YMCA Child Watch: 
    We regret to inform you that as of October 1, 2022, the Chippewa Falls YMCA will no longer be offering the Child Watch program due to low enrollment.

    If you are currently enrolled in Child Watch, your family will receive membership for the month of October to the YMCA of the Chippewa Valley at no cost to you. In addition, families currently enrolled in the Chippewa Falls Child Watch, may try the Eau Claire Child Watch for the month of October AT NO COST.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please reach out to Randi Schrader at rschrader@ymca-cv.org for further information.

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Homeschool Support Group

Tuesdays & Fridays (Beginning Sept 20)

9:00-11:00 AM

ATTENTION homeschool YMCA families! This school year, our Eau Claire YMCA location will expand ChildWatch twice weekly for our members who are homeschooling. We will be offering childcare though ChildWatch for children up to age 10 while older children and teens will have their own space in our Youth Development Center. Parents, guardians and/or supporting adults will also have a designated area to do prep work, grading, tutoring, etc. or they can simply use the time to work out.


This is a YMCA Member benefit and ChildWatch must be added to your membership to participate.

WHEN: Tuesdays & Fridays (beginning Sept 20)

TIME: 9:00-11:00 AM

COST: Included with ChildWatch service add-on starting at $20 a month

Questions? Contact Lisa Nelson at lnelson@ymca-cv.org