At DayStar, we are committed to ensuring everyone reaches their full potential with dignity while providing individuals access to the unique support they need.

Daystar is committed to providing nurturing care to adults with disabilities in a day training environment so they can live as happily as possible. Our goal is to stimulate not only their intellectual and physical skills, but will also meet their spiritual and emotional needs. Daystar services include:

  • Physical and rehabilitative therapy
  • Arts and crafts
  • Music Classes
  • Recreation
  • Group Community Service Projects

DayStar is open to all and can be covered privately with money or with government medical cost waivers.


Dye Clay Family YMCA
3322 Moody Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32065

Jennings Daystar
Barco-Newton Family YMCA
2075 Town Center Boulevard
Fleming Island, FL 32003
904.278.9622, Ext. 3052

About DayStar

Jo and Tony Knott came to the Y with the vision for DayStar more than 20 years ago. Their daughter Rhonda, who has a disability, had just graduated high school. But now as an adult, she had no safe place to go. They dreamed of a place where Rhonda and others could thrive – a place where they would receive therapy and also participate in social and recreational activities. So the Knotts met with YMCA leaders and volunteers in Clay County and soon after inspired others in the community to help them raise enough money to open Daystar at the Dye Clay Family YMCA in 2000. Seven years later, a second DayStar opened at the Barco-Newton Family YMCA in Fleming Island.