YMCA Childcare & Education Programs
Our childcare programs provide each child with a warm and supportive environment in which to grow.
We meet the needs of each child with experiences that foster development and a sense of self-esteem. Programs strive to develop the total child, with particular emphasis on educational, physical, emotional and social skills necessary for success in the coming school years.
Childcare and before and after school care programs are available for children ages six weeks through sixth grade. Reach out to us if you're interested in any of our programs by filling out this form.
The YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization that offers income-based membership rates and financial assistance for programs for those unable to pay the standard rates. Ask us for details.
Ages six weeks to five years.
The YMCA is the largest provider of licensed childcare in Chester County. Led by degreed teachers, children flourish in warm, supportive environments, as they develop the essential skills needed for success in school and life.
Available at Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Octorara YMCA Program Center, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center, Upper Main Line YMCA, West Chester Area YMCA
Ages 18 months to six years
The Montessori method of education values the human spirit and the development of the whole child — physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
Available at Kennett Area YMCA & West Chester Area YMCA
Children must be four years and seven months old by August to enroll
The academic, state-licensed kindergarten at the YMCA prepares your child for success. In addition to learning all subjects including language arts, writing, math, science and social studies, YMCA kindergarteners receive Spanish language instruction, as well as wide variety of extracurricular activities. Before and after school care is included with tuition.
Available at the Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center
Students in Grades K - 6
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine team has been working in partnership with many local school districts, as well as surveying parent/guardians, to determine how we can best support families during the upcoming school year. As a result, we will be opening learning centers for students in grades K-6. YGBW learning centers will provide full-day care from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday, with an additional after care option until 6 pm.
Ages six months to 11 years
Our STEM and educational programs teach through creative play and are offered through seven-week session programs throughout the school year. Parents interested in exposing their toddlers to informal instruction or older students to new concepts will enjoy these fun and educational offerings.
Available for kids in Kindergarten - 6th Grade
Our before and after school programs are full of activities that parents and kids love. Trained staff engage kids with everything from homework help to games and art projects. In addition, full-day care is matched to most school days off. The program is open to all and financial assistance is available.
Available at Jennersville YMCA, Avon Grove School District, Kennett School District, Octorara School District, Oxford Area School District, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center.
Every branch that offers Before and After School Care – Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Octorara YMCA Program Center and Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center - provides an option for “Y Days” during the school year. When school is closed your children can be cared for at the Y. Many Y Days are scheduled, but they are also available when unexpected issues arise such as weather-related school closings.
Additionally, the Upper Main Line YMCA (UMLY) and West Chester Area YMCA offer school break care for students ages five to 12 years.