Your day doesn’t always end when theirs does. That’s why the Legacy YMCA offers after-school programs that serve children from Bessemer City schools, and Jefferson County schools. YMCA after-school programs focus on nurturing a child’s development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y’s values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY. Available for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Our afterschool program provides a range of activities, including:
- Academic enrichment and homework help
- Structured activities that provide kids with physical activity outside
- Hands-on, engaging activities to do inside
- Healthy snacks
- Arts and crafts
The importance of physical activity is not just for parents! With our Child Watch program, your child or infant will get the most out of their visit to the YMCA while you get a personal workout or enjoy one of our Group Exercise classes.
Child Watch is offered as a free program for members with a Family membership. For up to two hours per day; in Child Watch, your child or infant will be engaged and have fun with our trained Child Watch team. You as a parent, have the freedom to enjoy all the amenities the Legacy YMCA has to offer. A parent or guardian is the only adult allowed to sign the child in and out, and are required to remain on-site at the Y during their child’s visit.
- Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Friday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Our Preschool program focuses on preparing children to be “kindergarten ready”. At the YMCA, we emphasize character development values such as CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY. We know that learning happens through fun, so we have incorporated the Mother Goose Time curriculum. This curriculum uses all aspects of child development (motor skills, language, literacy, recognition of self, health & well-being, math, science, and exploration), which enhances the learning experience gained by our students.
WE SERVE CHILDREN 3 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE.
Children must be fully potty-trained.
Playing sports at the Legacy Y is fun for everyone! Kids ages 4-12 can choose from soccer, basketball, T-ball, tennis, and racquetball. No matter which sport they get involved in, they will learn the basics of good sportsmanship and healthy competition … along with our core values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY.
T-ball is a great way to get kids ages 3 to 5 started in learning the basics of baseball. They have the opportunity to develop new skills – like the fundamentals of throwing, running, hitting, and cheering for their teammates, all while gaining confidence and getting plenty of exercise, out in the fresh air.
Like all Legacy Y sports leagues, youth soccer offers fun for players of all abilities. Kids gain the basic skills of the game, while learning how to follow rules and practice good sportsmanship. Soccer is offered during the fall and spring each year.
REGISTRATION – FALL
July 16 – August 12
The first week of practice: August 27.
The first week of games: September 3.
REGISTRATION – SPRING
January 7 – February 10
The first week of practice: February 27.
The first week of games: March 4.
Did you know the game of basketball was invented at the Y? In 1891, while at Springfield College Dr. James Naismith created the game of basketball to condition young athletes during the winter months. Today the Leagy YMCA offers youth basketball to kids ages 3 to 12, providing them the opportunity to develop new skills – like the dribbling, passing and shooting, all while gaining confidence and getting plenty of exercise.