The HRYMCA offers Child Watch services in order to allow whole families the benefits of healthy living. Our staff are certified in First Aid, CPR and Epi-Pen administration. We are dedicated to engaging your child in entertaining and educational experiences.

What We Offer

Child Watch is now being offered in our upstairs Studio 2 space for ages 6 weeks – 9 years!

Our staff have been working hard on developing procedures, guidelines and plans to include additional health and safety precautions required by the state and local health officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). As a result, the HRYMCA Child Watch Department has been restructured to meet those guidelines.  We are pleased to offer children an opportunity to spend time indoors engaging in a healthy, social, and recreational experience while their families have the opportunity to exercise!

Parents must register their child(ren) on our online reservation system and reserve their space in Child Watch up to 48 hours in advance.

In an effort to ensure the safest environment for our children and staff, and to meet state mandates, there will be several changes to the Child Watch experience. Please see our summary of Child Watch procedures below.  For the latest facility updates, visit our Welcome Back page.

Hours Available for 6 weeks -9 years

Monday- Friday:

  • 4:00-5:15pm
  • 5:30-6:45pm

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 8:30-9:45am
  • 10:00-11:15am

NEW! Hours Available for Ages 6 weeks – 5 years


  • 9:00-10:15am
  • 10:30-11:45am

Click here for April vacation week hours!

Rules For Child Watch Rooms

  1. You must have a HRYMCA Household Membership to use Child Watch. Child watch is not available to any guests or nationwide members.
  2. Children can only be dropped off and picked up by the adult(s) on their household membership.
  3. Child Watch may be used up to 75 minutes per adult, per day. Child Watch may be used up to five times per week, per adult.
  4. Two adult household members may use Child Watch  twice in one day. However, there must be a minimum of a two hour break between visits and each visit the child must be accompanied by a different adult.
  5. A visit begins when one child is signed in and ends when the child is signed out of Child Watch, even if the full 75 minutes have not been used.
  6. Adults must stay in the building while their child is in Child Watch.
  7. Adults may stay longer on the first visit to help their child acclimate to child watch. At other times, adults are asked not to stay in Child Watch to play with their children.
  8. For the safety and security of your belongings, please refrain from bringing toys/games from home into Child Watch.

Child Watch Policies and Procedures

  • Parents will register their child on our online reservation system and reserve their space in Child Watch up to 48 hours in advance.
  • Child Watch staff will verbally ask the following questions to the parent. Child Watch staff will wear appropriate PPE equipment. If any of the below are yes, the child will NOT be allowed to enter Child Watch. The child must return home with their parent or caregiver.
    • Today or in the past 24 hours, have you or any household members had any of the following symptoms:
      • Fever of 100.0 or above, felt feverish, or had chills
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)
      • Fatigue
      • Headache
      • New loss of smell/taste
      • New muscle aches
      • Any other signs of illness
      • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19
      • In the past 14 days, have you or anyone in your household traveled out of New England?
    • If all the answers to the above are NO, they are signed in by Child Watch staff.  Staff will make note of where the parent/guardian will be going based on the colored wristband. Should the parent/guardian relocate, they will alert Child Watch staff.
    • Parent and Child will use hand sanitizer prior to signing in, then they can join the other children.
    • Parents will not be allowed in the Child Watch rooms.
    • Only the parent that signed in the child will be permitted to sign the child out.
    • Child will be signed out by Child Watch staff and use hand sanitizer before leaving.

 Physical Distancing and PPE

  • Staff and children will be required to maintain physical/social distancing as much as feasible.
  • Wearing of a face covering will be required for all staff and for children.
  • Families should provide their child with a sufficient clean masks or face covering.

Intensified Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • Intensified and frequent cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces and shared spaces will occur throughout the day and between each Child Watch reservation shift.
  • For all children, hand sanitizing and hand washing will be encouraged and supervised before/during/after each rotation within the room.
  • In addition to our traditional orientation and training, all Child Watch staff have been required to attend a training specific to COVID-19 health and safety regulations mandated by local, state and national health agencies before returning to work.

Child Watch Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Games and Manipulatives
  • Table Games
  • Legos and Blocks


Due to current health and safety regulations, children are not permitted to bring a snack to Child Watch.  They may bring a water bottle.

Additional Health Policies

We care about the health and safety of all the children in our programs, and our staff. Please adhere to the following policies.

A child may not attend Child Watch if he/she has:

  • Been absent from school that day due to illness
  • Discolored discharge from the nose
  • A persistent cough
  • Had a temperature over 100°F within the last 24 hours
  • Had diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours
  • Has active lice that have not been treated

If any of these symptoms are present, or any symptoms that cause our staff concern, we reserve the right to prevent you from using Child Watch.


YMCA staff is not allowed to change diapers, so please have your children freshly diapered before drop-off. If there is a need for a diaper change, we will come to get you.

Winter Weather Policy

The safety of our members and staff is the most important factor in determining weather-related closings.  If conditions warrant, the CEO may decide to close the YMCA early, delay opening, cancel programs or classes, or close the facility entirely on severe weather days.

Please check our website and Facebook page for updated status reports on delays, closings and cancelations due to weather or emergency conditions.  In the event the Y is closed on a sever weather day, local television postings will also be made.

Youth Center

Child Watch, Youth Center and A Place availability has been affected by COVID-19.  Please visit our Welcome Back page for more information about these Y services.

The HRYMCA Youth Center offers a welcoming space for youth ages 9 years and older to play, work out, do homework or hang out with friends. The Youth Center is staffed with energetic and engaging staff who are certified in First Aid and CPR. The Youth Center is intended to be a safe, fun, and inviting space where youth can socialize, learn new skills, and spend their free time in productive and healthy ways.

Youth Center Hours

Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm
Weekends 10am-2pm

Youth Center Policies

The Youth Center is open to members and their guests. Guests may purchase a day pass to access the Youth Center.  Guests must also have a waiver signed by a guardian to visit the Youth Center.

9 year olds must be household members of the HRYMCA. They must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian who is on their household membership, and the adult must stay within the facility while the 9 year old is in the Youth Center.

Youth 10 years old and up may sign themselves in and out of the Youth Center. Parents do not need to be present during this time. Parents should note that while in the Youth Center there is adult supervision, but outside of the Youth Center, youth 10 years and up have full access to most areas of the Y. They may enter and exit the building at their own will. We do expect everyone to uphold the Y core values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty at all times while in the YMCA.