Child Development Center @ the Downtown Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center

Kids are our future! Strengthening our communities and developing our youth are two very important works of the Y. We know that families are on the go today, and because of that, we operate a Child Development Center at our Downtown location, providing quality care for your child based on our four values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Here, children learn values and positive behaviors, and can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

We know that nothing matters more than the safety, security and health of your child. That’s why protection and preparedness are critical considerations in everything that we do at the Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center.


The Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center offers FREE drop-in child care for up to TWO HOURS while you make use of the Y. Parents/Guardians must remain on Y property while children are in the Child Development Center.

Parent Handbook

Child Development Registration Form

Health and Safety

From first aid training for emergency situations to a clean and healthy environment for children, we have the experience to ensure that every child is happy and healthy. You can have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment every day. And they are having a great time!!

Our Staff

At the CDC, caring and professional role models are committed to helping kids build confidence and character. The loyalty, dedication, and professionalism of our highly trained staff are extraordinary. We count on our staff to meet strict Y qualifications and pass an Alabama State Bureau of Investigation background check. All Y CDC staff are 18 years or older and have been trained and certified in CPR Infant, Child & Adult,  AED, and First Aid.

Our Safety

Parents look to the Y for a safe and secure environment where children can learn practical social skills and develop positive values. Our reputation for consistency and safety, as well as our focus on youth development, gives parents the confidence they need to trust us with their children.

To ensure the well-being of each child, we review our health and safety policies on an ongoing basis. Our low staff-to-child ratio also allows our staff to give each child the attention and guidance necessary to create a positive and safe environment.

Child Development staff reserve the right to limit the number of children in the Child Development Center due to ages of children in care, the number of staff on site, and the number of children in the Child Development Center.

Fall 2018 Events:

School’s Out Kids’ Camp

School’s back in session – which means our School’s Out Kids’ Camp is back at the Downtown YMCA Family Center, too!

Space is limited! Register today!

These are individual camp days that are scheduled in coordination with Tuscaloosa City School System days off. Pre-Registration is required. Drop Off will begin at 7:30 AM and all children must be picked up no later than 5:30 pm. *Preregistration is required

Member Pricing: $35/day | $65/ 2 days | $100/ 3 days
Non-Member Pricing: $40/day | $75/ 2 days | $115/ 3 days

Register online today!*

Parents’ Night Out

The Downtown Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center is hosting a monthly Parents’ Night Out! Enjoy a Friday evening to yourselves while the kids do crafts, eat dinner, and watch a movie with our Child Development Staff!

Nights Out are 6:00pm-9:00pm and will be held on September 28th, October 26th, and December 21st.

Member Pricing: $15/child
Non-Member Pricing: $20/child

Register online today!*


Parent’s Morning Out

Parents Morning Out is available Monday-Friday mornings during Child Development hours, 8:15am-12:30pm. Parents that are Y members pay $20 per child (non-members $30) to take the “morning off” while your children enjoy time with the fun Child Development staff. Registration is not required – just stop by the front desk on your way in!


*If you are a Y member you will need to create an online access account.  If you are not a member you can create an account without becoming a Y member by choosing membership type “participant.” If you have any questions regarding online registration please call 205.345.9622

Have a question? Comment? Suggestion? Send us an email at membership@ymcatusc.org