Information and FAQs
What child care options are available, what are the formats, and what are the rates?
YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris offers three delivery options of child care:
- The Pre-School Program is available for children 3 to 4 years of age, is a full-day care program between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and costs $110 per week.
- The After School Program is available for elementary school children 5 to 12 years of age from the hours of 3 to 6:30 p.m., and costs $50 per week.
- The Child Watch Program is a drop-in care program exclusively available for the children of LSC-North Harris students. Parents must remain at the 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive location while their child is in the care of the YMCA. Costs will range from $4 per hour to free depending on the student's financial status. Students may use the drop-in care on a per-hour basis up to a maximum of a 4 hour block. Students must pre-enroll their child if they think they will be utilizing this option during the semester.
Is the program available for all children or just those belonging to the students, faculty and staff of Lone Star College-North Harris?
YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris child care program is open to the community for two levels of care: the Pre-School Program and the After School Program.
Where is the center located?
The center is located on the northwest corner of the Lone Star College-North Harris campus at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960E between Hardy and Aldine-Westfield Roads.
Where do I register and enroll my child?
If you are registering your child in the Child Watch Program, parents who are registered LSC-North Harris students may take applications and forms to the admissions counter located in the Academic Building A-105.
If you are registering your child into the Pre-school or After-school Programs, parents may submit their applications and forms to the Child Care Center Director's office located in the Child Development Center Building.
What documents to I need to have available to enroll my child?
To enroll your child in one of the three child care options you must provide the completed YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris Enrollment Booklet, which includes required information such as immunizations records, hearing and eye tests, release from doctors, release from parents etc. (See application packet for more details. Applications are available at NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu/YMCAchildcare)..
How do I make payment?
Payment is due in advance for the care option selected and can be made by check in the drop box at the Child Development Center or at the Business office located in the Academic building. No cash should be dropped in the drop box.
Fees for the Preschool Program (3- and 4-year-olds full time care 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) are $110.00 per week, and are due the first day of each week.
Fees for the After-School Program (5 to 12 years of age, hours 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) are $50.00 a week, and are due the first day of each week.
Fees for the Child Watch Program drop in care services will be assessed by LSC-North Harris at $4.00 per hour for each participating child. Parents must commit to participation for the semester and have the option of paying in full prior to the beginning of the semester or on a monthly basis. If parents choose to pay on a monthly basis, payment for the first month will reserve the child's space. Thereafter, payment is due on the 25th of each month in advance for care rendered the following month. Failure to pay by the 25th may result in the discontinuation of child care for the remainder of the semester. A late fee of $25 will be incurred for payments received after the 25th.
The child care costs will not be prorated for partial hours. Students are responsible for paying for all child care fees and are not prorated for any absences (i.e. illness, other child care arrangements). Financial aid is available to qualified students in the Child Watch program.
Is an application fee or deposit required to secure a spot for my child?
Is there a waiting list and if so how do I get my child's name on this list?
Currently, there are spaces available in all three programs.
Does the YMCA provide lunch and snacks?
Parents using the all-day Pre-school Program will need to provide lunch for their children. Child Watch program participants need to provide lunch for their children if the children are left at the center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The YMCA provides USDA approved snacks for those children at the Center either at 9 a.m. and/or 3:30 p.m.
Does the After School Program provide transportation from schools to the YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris child care center?
Not at this time.
Who do you call to find out additional information about the daily curriculum of all three programs at the center?
Zenobia Guillory, Director of YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris at 281.765.7730.
Does my financial aid cover after-school care?
Contact the LSC-North Harris financial aid office to find out whether you qualify for any financial aid assistance pertaining to child care.
What is the minimum number of hours a LSC-North Harris student has to be enrolled in order to take advantage of the Child Watch program?
One credit hour or one continuing education course.
Does the YMCA at LSC-North Harris take Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (NCI) money?
Yes, but parents using NCI options are responsible for the payment of all fees not covered by NCI money.
Do disabled veterans receive any type of financial help for child care?
Only through their current VA federal program benefits.
Is there a discount for multiple children from one family enrolled in the YMCA?
Currently there are no multiple children discounts available.
If you are a current member of the YMCA, do I get a different child care rate?
Lone Star College-North Harris sets the rates for child care.
If my child is not yet of age to enroll in the preschool, may I pre-enroll my child and place him in the program when he/she does become of age. (Example: My child is now 2 ½ years of age and will be 3 in November.)
Parents of children not currently meeting the age requirements for programs are welcome to submit their applications to have place on file and at the appropriate time may register their children. It is the parents' responsibility to come forward and officially register at the time the child reaches the required age.
May I enroll my 3- or 4-year-old child into the full-time Preschool Program, but use or pay for part-time increments?
At this time, anyone enrolling in the Preschool Program are reserving and responsible for paying fees for a five-day-a-week slot in the Preschool Program.
I home school my children and I need Child Watch for my children, but my oldest is 6 years old, will the Child Watch program accept older than 5 years of age?
Not at this time, but the older children are welcome to enroll in the after-school program.
I am an enrolled student and a part-time employee of LSC-North Harris. Can I use Child Watch as long as I do not go over the 4 hour time block?
Students are given priority enrollment into the Child Watch Program, but if there is space available and the employee meets the Child Watch time guidelines then they are welcome to apply. This applies to adjunct instructors as well.
Child Watch users are limited up to four hour blocks of time for drop-in care. How much time between "drop ins" does there have to be?