SACC-School Aged Child Care


As the largest provider of before and after school programs in Stephenson & JoDaviess County, your YMCA provides family-centered, values-based programs to nurture children’s healthy development.


  • Specially trained adult supervisors
  • Ongoing training required
  • Background checked and drug tested
  • CPR trained and certified
  • There is one staff member for every 12-15 children with a minimum of two staff at each location.


  • Arts and crafts
  • Service Learning and character development
  • Science and technology
  • Health and fitness
  • Homework tutorin

On-site before and after school child care is available mornings from 6:30 a.m. and after school until 6:00 p.m. at Empire, Center, Jones-Farrar and Taylor Park elementary schools. Blackhawk School child care is provided at Center School with bus transportation provided by FSD transportation. Lincoln-Douglas Elementary child care is offered at Empire Elementary with bus transporation provided by FSD transportation. Carl Sandburg/FMS child care is provided at the YMCA with bus transporation provided by FSD transportation. You may enroll your child for as few as three days and up to 5 days per week, before and/or after school.

Call the YMCA Early Learning Center at 815-235-2467, or email
Stephanie Diehl at, for more information.

Financial Assistance Statement

The YMCA’s policy is that no person will be turned away because of lack of funds. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a YMCA membership or program, but does not have the needed funds, please contact our professional staff. Financial assistance and scholarships are obtained through a simple and confidential application process.