Youth Development Center (YDC)

The YMCA Youth Development Center cares for children in the Aberdeen community in a variety of ways through our licensed childcare facility. With so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get. That’s why childcare at the Y is about more than looking after kids. We focus on nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships, and build self-reliance. This is all accomplished through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. For more than 25 years, the Aberdeen Family Y has been providing childcare services to our community through various programs. Our program is available to children as young as 4 weeks old all the way through 6th grade.

Youth Programming

The Aberdeen Family YMCA is an organization that is for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our programs are focused on these three areas: cultivating the potential of kids, helping people live a healthier life, and strengthening our community. The values and skills learned early in life are vital building blocks for the future. At the Y, children and teens learn values and positive behaviors and can explore their unique talents and interests, help them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. We offer programs for all ages, for a variety of different interests, for members and non-members. We are committed to providing programs that will lead, enrich and develop our community.

Camp DreamMakers

Camp DreamMakers is a two week summer day camp for youth ages 5-21 who have a physical, hearing, speech, vision, gross motor or neurological impairment. The camp provides these youth an opportunity to have fun and be themselves, and to experience various activities that they may not participate in during the rest of the year. This camp also provides an outlet for physical activity and each camper receives lunch and snacks each day. Campers are given the unique opportunity to make new friends through camp participants, volunteers and staff. The camp has two sessions that will serve a total of 60 youth every summer during June and July.