We've implemented many new procedures and protocols. Learn more about what we're doing to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. 

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. 

Preschool & Childcare

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

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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

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Children must be four years and seven months old by August to enroll

The academic kindergarten at the YMCA prepares children for success in school and in life. In addition to learning all subjects including language arts, writing, math, science and social studies, YMCA kindergarteners enjoy a wide variety of specialty and extracurricular activities. 

Available at the Upper Main Line YMCA.

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STEM and Educational Offerings

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. 

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Before and After School Enrichment

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.

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School Break Care

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.

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