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Registration is open for YGBW Learning Centers!

Financial assistance & sibling discounts are available. Click here to help sponsor child to attend our Learning Center.
 

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.
     
  • Dedicated academic support will be available to ensure students complete their virtual learning. Social enrichment opportunities and physical fitness activities will also be provided and students will have access to Y amenities such as playgrounds, gymnasiums and outdoor spaces.
     
  • Students will be in small groups of no more than 12 and each group will be supervised by a YGBW staff member. Additionally, a degreed teacher or education specialist will be available for every two groups, ensuring a staff-to-student ratio of 1:8. Wi-Fi will be provided with students bringing their own device and headphones.
     
  • Since reopening in June, we have safely provided care to more than 1,000 children per week in our camp and childcare programs. We will continue to implement the many procedures we have developed to protect everyone's health and safety. We are also following all health and safety guidelines provided by the CDC, Department of Human Services, Chester County Health Department, AmericanAcademy of Pediatricians and the Pennsylvania Board of Health.
     
  • Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.
     
  • Learning centers are available at seven of our branches: Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Octorara YMCA Program Center, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center and Upper Main Line YMCA.

Locations & Registration

  • Registration is open for those wishing to enroll in the program five days per week.
    • This is ideal for students who have opted for a full virtual option through their school.
       
    • The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Aftercare is available from 3:30 to 6:00 and requires a separate registration.
       
    • As school districts make decisions and finalize their plans for the school year, we will adapt our program as possible to meet additional needs such as those students who do a mix of virtual and in-person learning and possibly offering learning centers at local schools. 
       
  • The program cost is $215 per week with after care available at $55 per week.
    • A deposit of two weeks tuition is due at the time of registration. Payments will be drafted on Sunday, two weeks before the week of service. Deposits are not refundable. Two weeks notice is required for cancellation. 
       
    • Financial assistance is available. For more information, please contact Ruby Abouraya.

 

Select your Preferred Branch Below to Register

We recommend registering online to reserve your space by selecting your preferred branch below.

Brandywine YMCA - Coatesville - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM/AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.

 


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Juanita Leech at jleech@ymcagbw.org.

Jennersville YMCA - West Grove - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM or AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.

 


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Marissa Stigler at mstigler@ymcagbw.org.

Kennett Area YMCA - Kennett Square - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM/AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.

 


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Leslie Steger at lsteger@ymcagbw.org.

Lionville Community YMCA - Exton - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM/AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Steffani Witmer at switmer@ymcagbw.org.

Octorara YMCA Program Center - Atglen - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM/AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Janet Kabakjian at jkabakjian@ymcagbw.org.

Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center - West Chester - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM/AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.

 


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Anthony Strickland at astrickland@ymcagbw.org.

Upper Main Line YMCA - Berwyn - Register Now

Due to state licensing requirements, please know that you will also need to complete the paper registration packet and return it to your childcare director. Registering online does reserve your space in the program.

When enrolling online, leave the payment plan box checked to be charged weekly. If the payment plan box is unchecked, you will be charged in full for the whole year. The program runs through June. If you need to withdraw for any reason, a 15-day written notice is required.

We are working to continually add more spaces to the program so if only a wait list option is available when you go to register, please join the wait list and our team will be in touch with you shortly.

Register for FULL DAY

The full day program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Families interested in care after 3:30 PM will also need to register for the PM or after care option.

Register for PM or AFTER CARE

The PM or aftercare program runs from 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM and has a separate registration. Click the button above to register for aftercare.

 


Questions regarding billing and registration can be directed to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

For questions about program details, please contact Kelly Reuter at kreuter@ymcagbw.org.

Health & Safety

Since Chester County moved to the yellow phase of the State’s reopening plan in early June, YGBW has safely provided camp and childcare to more than 1,000 children weekly using stable groups, as well as implementing health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC, Department of Human Services, Chester County Health Department, American Academy of Pediatricians and the Pennsylvania Board of Health.

Just as YGBW has done with its childcare and camp programs this summer, stable groups, where children are with the same small cohort of peers and staff daily to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19 will be employed. Additionally, the following procedures will be followed:

  • All children and staff are screened prior to the start of each day to ensure they are healthy. Anyone exhibiting a temperature of 100.4 or higher or other symptoms of illness is not permitted to attend our childcare programs. Visitors need special approval to be onsite. 
  • More frequent handwashing breaks and enhanced disinfecting procedures have been implemented.
  • Parents and guardians will remain in their cars during drop-off and pickup with a member of our staff accompanying each child to their classrooms.

Questions?

Questions regarding billing and registration can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

Specific questions about the program can be addressed to the contacts below:

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program begin?

The program begins on Monday, August 31 and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Optional aftercare is available until 6 pm.

What is the vacation and holiday schedule?

We will be closed on the following dates. Payments for weeks including these dates, will adjust accordingly.

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26, 2020
  • Day after Thanksgiving: Friday, November 27, 2020
  • Christmas Eve: Thursday, December 24, 2020
  • Christmas Day: Friday, December 25, 2020
  • Week between Christmas and New Years
  • New Year's Day: Friday, Jan.. 1, 2021
  • President's Day: Monday Feb, 15, 2021
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 2021
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 31, 2021

In the event of severe inclement weather, sites may be forced to close. If unfortunately, weather prevents us from running the program, fees will not be adjusted.  

Do we need to provide our own school supplies?

Each student will need to provide their own basic school supplies. Storage will be provided on site so they can be left at the Y.  All students are encouraged to bring a water bottle daily.

What about remote access to school?

Each student will need to provide their own iPad/laptop and headphones. Wifi access is available.

Do we need to provide snacks and meals?

Each student will need to bring two snacks and a lunch each day. Some branches do participate in free lunch programs and we are working to see if we can provide lunches at those sites. 

Is care available for half days or 2-3 days a week?

Currently, registration is open for those who wish to attend the program five days a week. This allows us to create stable groups, ensuring children are with the same peers and staff daily and thus, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are continuing to evaluate the need for care for half days and/or for two-three days a week. If enough families are in need of half day care or care a few days a week, we will work to meet this need by creating stable groups within our program for those doing a mix of virtual and in-person learning.

Is Child Care Works funding available?

At this point the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) cannot confirm if CCW funds will be available to use for this program. We suggest you reach out to your CCW Specialist to discuss options that might be available to you. If funding does become available, we will accept it at the sites. We are also offering financial assistance and sibling discounts. Please contact Ruby Abouraya for details.

Is a deposit required and are refunds available?

A deposit of two weeks tuition is due at the time of registration. Payments will be drafted on Sunday, two weeks before the week of service. Deposits are not refundable. Two weeks notice is required for cancellation. 

If the State of Pennsyvlania is shut down again, per orders from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and we are unable to run the program, credits and/or refunds (including deposits) will be issued for services we are unable to provide.

Is academic support available?

Each site will have certified teaching staff and/or education specialists on hand to assist children who need additional support in completing and comprehending their school assignments. Space will be provided for 1-on-1 and small group work with the teaching support staff.  
 

What will a typical day look like?

Until we know what the remote learning schedule is for students, this is still being determined. The day will consist of remote learning time, in class school work time and then programming, which will include activities from the following areas:

  • Homework and Academic Support   
  • Character Development
  • Swimming (where available)     
  • Arts and crafts
  • Music and movement
  • Dramatic play/theatre
  • Language/reading activities
  • Math/reasoning activities
  • Science/nature activities
  • Cultural awareness
  • Active Play/Gross Motor

A variety of activities will occur between instruction and during the after care program from 3:30 -6:00 pm.

What hours will the learning centers be open?

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.

What health and safety protocols have been implemented?

In planning for learning centers, our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of you, your family and our staff. Since reopening in early June, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine has safely provided camp and childcare to more than 1,000 children weekly using stable groups, as well as implementing health and safety guidelines recommended by the CDC, Department of Human Services, Chester County Health Department, American Academy of Pediatricians and the Pennsylvania Board of Health. We will continue to follow these procedures in our learning centers.

Our protocols include, but are not limited, to:

  • All children and staff are screened prior to the start of each day to ensure they are healthy. Anyone exhibiting a temperature of 100.4 or higher or other symptoms of illness is not ermitted to attend our childcare programs. Visitors need special approval to be onsite. 
     
  • More frequent handwashing breaks and enhanced disinfecting procedures have been implemented.
     
  • Parents and guardians will remain in their cars during drop-off and pickup with a member of our staff accompanying each child to their classrooms.
     
  • Social distancing will be employed through the use of stable groups.

In accordance with the Governor's plan for reopening, all are invited to view our Health and Safety Plan, which follows CDC guidance for childcare programs.

 

What is social distancing/stable groups?

Social distancing requires a combination of several protocols. 

  • Social distancing during drop-off & pick-up time is accomplished by physical demarcations among age groups within a space. 
     
  • Stable groups, throughout the day, function as a cohort of children and staff that stay together.
     
  • Staff maintain the 6 ft. recommended distancing from each other, whenever possible.

How will staff be trained/monitored?

All staff are trained on social distancing, stable groups, cleaning and disinfecting (according to CDC guidelines), virus spread reduction practices as well as required handwashing. Each branch has a designated staff member responsible for making sure that all program participants as well as staff, adhere to the requirements.

Are children instructed on good hygiene practices?

All children participate in an orientation that includes a discussion on the need to be attentive to personal space and avoid close contact, stable group management, handwashing techniques, mask management, keeping hands away from the face, sneezing and coughing etiquette and respecting others' belongings.

Is hand sanitizer available?

Hand sanitizer will be provided and used as needed when children and staff are not near a sink. Parents are invited to donate hand sanitizer.

Who is wearing masks?

All staff will wear masks. All children ages two and older will need to wear to a face mask when in our facilities as directed by the State of Pennsylvania.

We know it can be difficult for children, especially those who are younger, to understand why they need to wear a face covering and often to keep a face covering on. We will encourage children to keep masks on as much as possible. 

Here are some suggestions for encouraging your children to wear a face covering.

What does the health screening look like?

Upon arrival, all children and staff will be temperature checked upon arrival and asked the screening questions listed below.

If any individual has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher they are not permitted to enter the YMCA or attend camp. If any individual answers YES to any of the symptoms below (or any 2 from question 3), they may not enter the YMCA/attend camp.

Question 1: Have you been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

Question 2: In the past 24 hours, have you experienced a persistent cough or shortness of breath.

Question 3: In the past 24 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms (2 or more symptoms precludes entry to the YMCA):

  1. New loss of taste/smell
  2. Body aches
  3. Sore throat
  4. Fever
  5. Chills
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Repeated shaking with chills
  8. Muscle pain
  9. Headache

In addition, all children and staff are monitored throughout the day for signs of illness. Should there be a concern, the individual will be moved to an identified and isolated location, and their parent or guardian will be contacted to pick up their child immediately. Impacted children and their families will be contacted about the process to return to care.

For everyone's health and safety, we cannot make exceptions, and we thank you in advance for not asking our staff to do so if your child is not permitted to enter the camp site. There is a short questionnaire regarding COVID exposure as well upon arrival.

What does drop off and pick up look like?

Drop off and pick up are done curbside with parents and guardians remaining in their cars.

When you arrive in the drop off lane, your child’s temperature is taken and you are asked a short series of health screening questions by a staff member who is wearing gloves, eye protection and a mask. A staff member escorts your child to wash their hands and then to their classroom. During pickup, YMCA staff members are not permitted to buckle any child into their car seat.

Can I visit during the day?

The CDC recommends no visitors on site. As such, until further notice, we are not inviting parents to visit. If you have specific concerns, please discuss them with the director. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Who do I contact with questions?

Questions regarding billing and registration can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622 ext. 2190.

Specific questions about the program can be addressed to the contacts below:

How do I apply a sibling discount?

Families with two or more children signing up for the same week receive 10% off the lowest weekly fee (restrictions apply). To receive the sibling discount, please complete your registration online. During the checkout process, you will not see your discount applied. However, following the completion of your registration, please complete this form and we will apply your discount.