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Posted on: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Our Part Day Preschool Programs – Enrolling Now

We offer part day preschool programs to enhance the social and academic skills of children ages 2.9 to 5 years old. The program focuses on activities that promote character development including caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. The preschool staff strive to create a warm, structured environment in which preschool children develop a positive self-image through activities which enhance individual skills as well as positive group interaction. Unique lessons are brought to life in fun and imaginative ways.

Additionally, teachers guide students in learning new motor and academic skills through activities in reading, science and math, using a STEM curriculum and our iPad technology program. We emphasize listening and verbal skills that prepare children for school.

Our curriculum also includes physical activities such as gymnastics, swim and sports to keep kids active. We introduce our preschoolers to a range of learning opportunities in a structured environment, providing a well-rounded school readiness program.

The part day preschool takes place at the Bernon Family and North Attleboro YMCA branches, as well as the Mansfield Arts & Education Center, and is available in five, three, and two day sessions. The program observes the following schedule:

  • 5 Days: Monday-Friday, 9am-11:30am (Extended session: 9am-1pm)
  • 3 Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9am-11:30am (Extended session: 9am-1pm)
  • 2 Days: Tuesday/Thursday, 9am-11:30am (Extended session: 9am-1pm)

For additional information, or to enroll your child in the program, please contact:

  • Bernon Family YMCA Childcare: 774-235-2745
  • North Attleboro YMCA Childcare: 508-643-5242
  • Mansfield Arts & Education Center Preschool: 508-339-3066

Posted on: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Our Foxboro 5K Returns – Oct 15


OCTOBER 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. Kids Fun Run (1 Mile)
10:00 a.m. 5K Race Begins

Invensys Foxboro YMCA
67 Mechanic St. Foxboro, MA

Our Kids fun run kicks off a great community event, which includes our 5K Run/Walk, family activities and a DJ. All proceeds support the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Reach Out for Youth and Families Annual Campaign.

We’ll run in memory of Michael Baker, Linda Cavossa and Jackie Thomas.


8:00am – Walk-In Registration & Pre-Reg. Bib Pick-up
9:00am – Kids Fun Run (1 mile ) Ages 4 and up
10:00am – Race Begins
9:00am-12:00pm – Family Activities and D.J.
View the course map

Register Today!

Register before September 29th to receive a T-shirt. All Kids Fun Run participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. Runner’s bag, medal and bib will go to all 5K runners in this official timed race (ages 4+).

For race related questions contact Abby Wills at

For LIVESTRONG at the YMCA race related questions contact Maureen Delaney at

Posted on: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Diabetes Prevention Program Info Sessions

According to Center of Disease Control (CDC), more than 29 million adults in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes — and 25% of them are unaware of the fact. Additionally, over a third of American adults have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it1. The YMCA is seeking to change these statistics for the better.

To help educate and assist those who are at risk of type 2 diabetes, the YMCA has developed a CDC-approved type 2 diabetes prevention program. The year-long Diabetes Prevention Program at the Hockomock Area YMCA follows a CDC-led curriculum, consisting of 16 weekly and 3 bi-weekly sessions during the first six months of the program, followed by six monthly sessions during the final six months. Participants in the program also learn healthy living tactics that they can use in their day-to-day lives.

To learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program at the Hockomock Area YMCA, the community is invited to attend an upcoming information session:

  • Wednesday, August 23rd at 1:00pm at the North Attleboro Branch (300 Elmwood St)
  • Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:30pm at the Bernon Family Branch in Franklin (45 Forge Hill Road)
  • Wednesday, September 13th at 1:00pm at the North Attleboro Branch
  • Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm at the Bernon Family Branch in Franklin

To learn your risk for type 2 diabetes, learn about our program and take the diabetes risk test, visit

The YMCA encourages you to call the Program Coordinator at 508-643-5271 to learn more or contact your medical provider for a referral.


Posted on: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

A New Way to Measure Fitness Results

We’re using some exciting new technology to help members track the results of their wellness progress. A Styku Body Scanner can now take the place of old-style step-up weight scales, which can provide confusing information about fitness results.

This is a 3D Styku image of one of our Weigh to Change (WTC) participants. The difference in these images is 18 weeks. She lost 40 inches and 37 pounds!

Often times people get discouraged because they don’t see a difference in their scale after working hard exercising and eating right. One of our WTC participants had lost about 8 pounds after 5 1/2 weeks and she was getting discouraged. She felt great but thought she would have lost more weight.

Her coach and our nutritionist explained to her that it is about the long term, lifestyle changes, not the short term weight loss. Then she came in for a body scan on our Styku Body Scanner and was surprised to see that she had lost 8 inches from her torso in addition to the 8 lb loss. That was just the news she needed to keep her motivated!

The Styku Body Scanner is a great tool for both fitness and weight management goals. This 3-D scanner will give you hundreds of measurements, a shape analysis, and body fat percentage. This will help you set fat loss goals and track daily activity, daily caloric deficit, assess body fat, caloric expenditure, and maximum calorie consumption. The Styku can tie in key measurements with health risks, and track how those measurements are changing over the course of your wellness program.

Pair your Styku body scan with some nutrition consults. Our nutritionists offer a variety of nutrition counseling experiences ranging from one-on-one, family, and group nutrition education, grocery store tours, and cooking demonstrations. To schedule your scan, sign up for a nutrition program, or learn about our Weigh to Change program, email or call one of our nutritionists, or follow one of the links below.

Bernon Family (Franklin) Branch – Megan McCarthy:

Invensys Foxboro Branch – Lauren Hynes:

North Attleboro Branch – Claire Duckmanton:

Posted on: Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Make A Difference


There is something magical about summer camp that every child needs and deserves. Our staff role models provide kids with important social development and life lessons critical to their development. However, many families – for a variety of reasons – do not have the means to provide a summer camp experience for their kids.

You can maximize your impact on kids in our community now more than ever. The Spier Family has announced a summer camp challenge and will match every donation between July 31st and August 14th up to $25,000. With your help and the support from the Spier Family, we look forward to raising $50,000 to provide more kids an opportunity to experience their best summer ever at camp this August.

Our Y is committed to strengthening community and ensuring everyone regardless of ability to pay has the opportunity to thrive. This is our mission and our cause. And with your help another great example of our Y being a place where cause meets community. Together we can make a difference in the lives of local kids and families this summer.

Make Your Gift Today!

For more information, stop by any of our Y branches.

Thank you,

Ed Hurley
President, Hockomock Area YMCA

Posted on: Monday, August 7th, 2017

Our New Youth Programs This Fall

Kids will get back to school soon, and it’s time to think about what Fall activities they’ll be doing. Besides the staple programs at our YMCAs, such as Swim Lessons and Fall Soccer, check out these new ones. The Youth Development Program Guide has all the details.

Ultimate Frisbee (for ages 9-12)
Volleyball (only @ the North Attleboro Y for ages 8-11)
Pickleball (only @ the Bernon Y for ages 9-13)

Flag Football (@ the Foxboro and North Attleboro Ys for ages 9-14)
Soccer (for ages 7-9/10)

Electrify! (for Grades 3-6)
Kitchen Science (for preschool through Grade 5)
Engineer a Coaster (ages 3-5)
Lego Robotics (for Grades 3-7)

Register Today! Classes begin the week of September 10.

Posted on: Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Fall Weigh to Change Program

Autumn is the season of change and the perfect time to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Our Weigh to Change program offers a great opportunity to support and guide you in your quest to look and feel better. In fact, over the last year, 216 members have lost a total of 2,107 pounds and 2,289 inches!

Words from some of our participants:

“Over the past 3 years I have tried to lose weight several times. I have completed 10 different weight loss competitions with 20 of my friends. Everyone would lose weight but me. Nothing helped until I tried the Y’s Weigh to Change program. With the help and guidance of the Y staff, I lost 12 pounds during the 10 weeks! I still have 50 pounds to go but the big difference now is that I know I CAN do it. And that feeling is priceless!”
– Jennifer Scovil, Milford resident

“I have been overweight for years. When I entered my late 40’s, my body was constantly in pain and I was always tired. My weight was affecting my mood and undoubtedly my future health. The Hockomock Y’s Weigh to Change program is different from other weight loss programs because it is so comprehensive combining both physical workouts and nutrition. I am amazed…I lost 35 pounds and 8 inches off my waist in 10 weeks! Weigh to Change is incredible; I wholeheartedly recommend it!”
– Kevin Shea, North Attleboro resident

“I originally set a goal to lose 10 lbs and complete a 5k race. Well, I have run my first 5k and have now lost a total of 23 lbs and 28 inches in 10 weeks. The reason this program is such a success compared to all of the other programs I have tried before, is because Weigh to Change is the entire package. The nutrition information is priceless. I went to every grocery store tour and found them really informative. I love being able to compare my before and after Styku body scans. I learned so much about exercise and nutrition and how to believe in myself again!”
– Connie Wigmore, Foxboro resident

Registration is now open for our fall program.

The 10-week fall Weigh to Change program runs September 11th through November 18th.

Learn more at an information session:

Bernon Family (Franklin) Branch
45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 02038

  • Wednesday,vAugust 30 @ 6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 7 @ 6:30pm

Invensys Foxboro Branch
67 Mechanic Street, Foxboro, MA 02067

  • Wednesday, August 30 @ 6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 7 @ 6:30pm

North Attleboro Branch
300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760

  • Thursday, August 24 @ 6:00pm
  • Monday, August 28 @ 6:00pm

The Weigh to Change program offers support and education in both areas of fitness and nutrition. By combining physical training and better nutrition, participants will benefit in the most successful way to achieve weight loss. Participants will be challenged throughout the ten weeks with personal training, nutrition guidance, group workouts, and friendly challenge competitions.

Specifically the Weigh to Change Program includes:

  • Weekly individual 30-minute personal training session
  • Individual nutrition counseling with nutritionist
  • Minimum of three weekly group training sessions
  • Weekly nutrition and physical challenges
  • Two Nutrition workshops
  • Grocery store education tours
  • Before & after Styku 3-D body scans
  • Entry into a local fall road race

The cost of the program is $499 for Hockomock Area YMCA Members and $599 for Hockomock Area YMCA Program Members (over an $800 value). Payment plan available.


Become one of our Weigh to Change success stories…you will be so glad you did!

Posted on: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Join Us on an Uplifting Journey – Aug 12 & 13

Our Hockomock Area YMCA Summer Theatre Camp Presents Annie!

Campers from around the region, ages 7-14, have been diligently preparing and are thrilled to hit the stage on August 12 and 13 at Bellingham High School’s modern, air-conditioned venue. Join us for a heartwarming show. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie will charm everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

All ages will enjoy the show. Give yourself a late summer night out or a matinee on Sunday and join families from around the region. You’re sure to be impressed by the lengths the campers go to, pushing themselves to achieve milestones in their pursuit of theatre excellences: singing, acting, and stage production.

We are thrilled to share this wonderful story with you!

August 12 (Sat) 7:00 pm
August 13 (Sun) 1:00 pm

At the Bellingham High School
60 Blackstone St, Bellingham, Massachusetts

Tickets are $7 at the door for students, $10 for adults. Details on our Theatre Program can be found at

Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Posted on: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Fall Sports Leagues For Every Kid

Showing Kids All They Can Do.

Our popular leagues are back! Offering kids a great way to stay active and connected with others interested in healthy competition.

REGISTER NOW for Sports Leagues in Foxboro, Frankin, and North Attleboro.

Fast Facts

Teams are now forming for boys and girls between the ages of 3-14.

Sport-specific skills will be taught while helping everyone grow personally through YMCA values-based programming.
We will focus on fun while emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and fair play.
Family and Single-Parent members will benefit from 50% savings off last year’s pricing (price is as currently noted in online registration). Don’t miss this great experience for your kids!
Fall leagues run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: September 8-October 29.
The first 3 weeks are practices and the last 5 weeks are games.
Coed teams will be arranged so that everyone plays and is encouraged to perform at the best of their ability.
In addition to leagues, we offer a great option for kids not quite old enough to participate. See Prep for Leagues, below.


60 minutes each:

T-BALL (3–6 YRS)
FRANKLIN: SAT 3–4 YRS 12:30pm; 5–6 YRS 1:40pm

BEGINNER CHEERLEADING (6–9 YRS) jumps & tumbling; 2nd half of the season will be spent cheering at games

FOXBORO: FRI 6–7 YRS 6:00pm; 8–10 YRS 7:00pm; 11-14 YRS 8:00pm
NORTH ATTLEBORO: FRI 5–6 YRS 5:30pm; 7–8 YRS 6:30pm

FOXBORO: FRI 11-14 YRS 8:00pm

FOXBORO: SUN 4 YRS 10:00am; 5–6 YRS 11:00am***
FRANKLIN: SAT 3–4 YRS; 9:00am; 5–6 YRS 10:15am; 7-10 YRS 11:30am
NORTH ATTLEBORO: SAT 4 YRS 10:00am; 5–6 YRS 11:00am; 7-10 YRS 12:00pm

FOXBORO: SUN 12:00pm***


We’ll work on fundamentals of your favorite sport, easing into scrimmages and using a developmentally appropriate approach. 45 minutes each:




FOXBORO: SUN 9:00am***

***Foxboro Sunday leagues will begin on September 10.
***Foxboro classes and leagues will not take place on October 15.




  • Cost: T-ball & Soccer: $42 family-type member; $84 youth member; $126 program member. Cheer & Football: $57 family-type member; $114 youth member; $171 program member.
  • Drop-In League Pricing (Flag Football & Soccer): $11 member (per day); $17 program member (per day); $84 member (8 weeks); $126 program member (8 weeks).
  • Check out our Fall Youth Development Guide to read more about our large selection of offerings.

Posted on: Friday, July 14th, 2017

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Celebration

On June 13th we gathered for our annual LIVESTRONG at the YMCA event celebrating the impact of this powerful program for cancer survivors and their families. To date, 765 cancer survivors have participated in the program since 2010. We also celebrated our new Living STRONGER program for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA alumni.

Please watch our video sharing highlights of the event, a strong example of community coming together to support and lift each other up.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week program designed for cancer survivors seeking to regain health, build strength, and connect with other cancer survivors.

Click here to read more about the impact of our LIVESTRONG program in our 2016 Impact Report.

Thank you for your support of our YMCA. Best wishes for a wonderful summer.


Ed Hurley
President, Hockomock Area YMCA