Financial Assistance & Tuition

Register for YMCA Child Care in January and pay NO REGISTRATION FEE – a savings of up to $40!

We have openings at many of our area Child Care sites – maybe even one in your neighborhood! View all sites and learn more about our programs using the links below. Please note available openings will vary by site.

Questions? Contact our enrollment team at 701.364.4117 or enroll@ymcacassclay.org and they would be happy to help answer any questions you may have and get your family registered!

Early Learning Child Care     School Age Child Care


Child Care Financial Assistance

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to succeed. That’s why we offer multiple resources to help families pay for child care expenses. To qualify for financial assistance, you must be currently enrolled or in the process of enrolling at one of our child care programs. Financial assistance is designed to help cover expenses based on your family size and gross income per your household.

It is possible for families to qualify for both North Dakota/Minnesota and YMCA financial assistance programs. However, we encourage families to apply for state child care assistance before applying for YMCA Financial Assistance. Please see the information below on both ND/MN Child Care Assistance and YMCA Financial Assistance. 

To apply for Child Care Financial Assistance, please follow the steps below. 

  1. Apply for child care assistance in the county in which you reside (see North Dakota and Minnesota Child Care Assistance section below).
  2. When you receive your determination letter (whether accepted or denied), you may submit the paperwork with your YMCA Financial Assistance application (see YMCA Child Care Scholarships section below). You must submit all information listed on the application to be considered. Processing takes a minimum of two weeks. If funds are not available at the time of submission, you will be placed on a waiting list. If you leave the program, you will be removed from the waiting list and may re-apply should you want to enroll at a later date.

For a full list of guidelines surrounding YMCA Child Care Financial Assistance, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 218.359.2326 or childcare@ymcacassclay.org


North Dakota and Minnesota Child Care Assistance

To determine if you are eligible for state assistance, please download a form below and submit the application to the contacts listed on each form. Enrollment fee and the first two weeks of tuition are required at the time of enrollment. If you are on North Dakota or Minnesota financial assistance, you must pay the enrollment fee and half of your month co-pay. If you do not have your North Dakota or Minnesota certification form showing your co-pay amount, you must pay for the first two weeks of tuition in full.

North Dakota Child Care Assistance

Minnesota Child Care Assistance


Early Head Start Program

Together, Mayville State University Child Development Program and the YMCA provides Early Head Start services to eligible families at two of our locations! Early Head Start is an income-based program that provides families with quality child care. This program is offered at our West Fargo and South Learning Center Locations. Early Head Start is for children ages six weeks through two years old. To apply, please contact us at enroll@ymcacassclay.org or 701.364.4117 or visit the Mayville State University website.


YMCA Child Care Scholarships

To determine if you are eligible for a YMCA Child Care Scholarship, please download the application form below and submit your completed application to one of the contacts listed on the form. Funds from the YMCA’s financial assistance program are made possible through United Way and the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. YMCA Child Care Scholarships are subject to change based on available funding and adherence to program policies. After you apply for a YMCA Child Care Scholarship, the YMCA Learning Center Financial Aid Coordinator will follow up with you. If you do qualify, your scholarship will be in effect the date your application has been approved by our office. YMCA Child Care Scholarships are not available for Half-Day Preschool programs.

YMCA Child Care Scholarship Application

The following graph may be used as a guideline when calculating whether or not you may be eligible for a YMCA Child Care Scholarship:

Family Size
Includes adults & children living in home
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Gross Monthly Income
Must be under the following amount
$4,512 $5,593 $6,641 $7,702 $8,797 $8,965 $9,192

2020 Tuition Rates

A registration fee of $25/child or $40/family and the first two weeks of tuition are required at the time of enrollment. The Y makes it easy to take care of child care payments! There are many payment options, including an auto-draft billed every two weeks. For assistance setting up a payment method, please contact our Learning Centers Enrollment Specialist and Billing Coordinator at 701.364.4117 or childcare@ymcacassclay.org.

Early Learning Programs
Program Daily Rate Weekly Rate
Full Time Infant $46.00 $230.00
Full Time Toddler $44.50 $222.50

Full Day Preschool Programs
Program Daily Rate Weekly Rate
Full Time $38.00 $190.00
Part Time $40.00 Dependent upon schedule

Half Day Preschool Programs

YMCA Financial Assistance is not available for this program. 

Program M / W / F T / Th M – F
Kindergarten Readiness (Schlossman: 9am – 12pm $215/month $180/month  $395/month
Kindergarten Readiness (Fercho: 9 – 11:30am $195/month $155/month Contact Director
Kindergarten Readiness Extended Care Contact Director Contact Director Contact Director

School Age Programs – Before & After School
Program Non-Contract* Contract**
Full Time Before & After School $22.00/day $20.00/day
Part Time Before & After School $24.00/day $22.00/day
Full Time After School $19.00/day $17.00/day
Part Time After School $21.00/day $19.00/day
Full Time Before School $12.00/day $10.00/day
Part Time Before School $14.00/day $12.00/day

*Contract: Contract care is for families interested in committing to a specified term (ie: summer vs. school year) for a discounted rate. The YMCA does not end contracts mid-term, therefore, please review your family’s budget, schedule, and needs prior to signing up for contract care. You are responsible for the full term specified in your contract. If you foresee ending your child’s care early for any reason, we encourage you to sign up for non-contract care.

*Non-Contract: Non-contract care is for families that may not choose to commit to a specified length of time.


School Age Programs – School Out Days
Program Rate
Registered 2 Weeks in Advance $20.00 in addition to your regular before/after school rate
Not Registered 2 Weeks in Advance $30.00 in addition to your regular before/after school rate

School Age Programs – Summer Explorer Program
Program Non-Contract Contract
Full Time $38.00/day $36.00/day
Part Time $40.00/day $38.00/day

Additional Fees May Apply
Late Pick-Up Fee $1/minute after 6:00pm
Late Payment Fee .87% of balance due
Finders Fee $10 when not notified of absences (school age only)
NSF Fee $15 fee assessed for non-sufficient funds

Questions about Financial Assistance or Tuition Rates? Please contact us at 218.359.2326 or childcare@ymcacassclay.org