Volunteering is a really sweet thing to do!

Are you looking to get involved with something great? Sign up to be a dependable volunteer for our BAFY Early Learning Center and make a difference in the life of a child. Our new ELC has classrooms for infants to 5-year-old kids, all with different activities and learning centers, all of which would welcome a volunteer to enrich the room. There are all sorts of opportunities from reading to classrooms to being a classroom helper and playing with the kids. Email Lisa at [email protected] to start the process or to get more specific information for the area you are interested in helping with. 

All potential volunteers will be required to pass a background check and have completed volunteer paperwork. 

We happily welcomed State Senator Mark Peake to tour our new Early Learning Center. Check out the news broadcasts here:

Accepting Applications for The BAFY Early Learning Center

For many parents and caregivers, children grow up too fast. One moment they’re a newborn and the next they’re learning how to tie their shoes. Watching your child grow up is a beautiful thing.

It can also be a scary thing. There is a world of knowledge that needs to be taught to your child. Being responsible for someone else’s learning is a tough thing. That is where we come in!

We take applications for our waitlist for all age groups and classrooms year round. If you would like to add your child(ren)’s name to this list, please download, fill out the application completely, and return it to our Early Learning Center Director, Karen Blunt, at [email protected]. You can also turn in the form at the main building of the Bedford YMCA. 

*Please note this is an application for placement and does not constitute acceptance into the program. If your child(ren) are accepted you will be contacted at that time. 

Please send all completed forms to Karen at [email protected]. No forms will be accepted incomplete, please fill out all information and attach any supporting documents. 

Early Learning Center direct phone line: 540.425.0687

Prices for the 2023 Summer and School Year Sessions:

Program runs July 1 to June 30

All ages have a $100 registration fee for each program registration.
The fee is due when registration forms are turned in before your child can start the program.

infants 6 weeks to 15 months – $320 per week/per child (with EFT auto-pay)

16 months to 24 months – $280 per week/per child (with EFT auto-pay)

2 years old and up – $195 per week/per child (with EFT auto-pay)

Non-Auto pay will add $5 per week/per child
Credit/Debit cards have fees, fee amount depends on the total being paid


DSS-approved cases:

If your child is approved for a DSS subsidy you are required to call in attendance.
You are responsible for any ballance that DSS dosen’t pay. This is due upon invoice.
If you have a co-pay it is due on the first of each month.
If you choose not to schedule auto-pays for your co-pay there will be a $20 monthly fee added to the account.

Preschool ages 3 or 4. We have full pay, Subsidy, and Mixed Delivery options. For full details on the program please contact Karen at [email protected]

Age based on birthday by September 30, 2021


Some slots will be held for Mixed Delivery. The mixed Delivery Preschool model is a blend of public and private funds that increases access to early learning opportunities for more families across Virginia. Bright Beginnings Central Virginia is partnering with the Bedford Area Family YMCA to offer FREE preschool to eligible families that will help prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.

** Limited spaces available**


For more information or to apply for Mixed Delivery contact:


Mixed Delivery Coordinator

Kimberly Maddox
Bright Beginnings Central VA
1010 Miller Park Square
Lynchburg, Virginia 24501



Open House Ribbon Cutting!
Thanks to the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce for the pictures.