If you would like more information about hybrid schedules please complete our interest form. 

What is a typical day like in our learning centers?



 

Sponsor a child attending our Learning Centers


YGBW Learning Centers

Learning centers for students in grades K-6 who are doing virtual learning are available at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. YGBW learning centers:

  • Provide full-day and part-time care from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday, with an additional after care option until 6 pm and 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.
     
  • Offer dedicated academic support to ensure students complete their virtual learning. Social enrichment opportunities and physical fitness activities are also provided and students have access to Y amenities such as playgrounds, gymnasiums and outdoor spaces.
     
  • Students are in small groups of no more than 12 and each group is supervised by a YGBW staff member. Additionally, a degreed teacher or education specialist is available for every two groups, ensuring a staff-to-student ratio of 1:8. Wi-Fi is provided with students bringing their own device and headphones.
     
  • Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available. We also accept Child Care Works (CCW) funding.
     
  • 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.

Locations & Registration

Please select your preferred location from the list below to learn more.
 

 

Brandywine YMCA (Coatesville, PA)

Program Cost - 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. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information about Learning Center options at the Brandywine YMCA, please contact Juanita Leech

Jennersville YMCA (West Grove, PA)

Program Cost - 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. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information about Learning Center options at the Jennersville YMCA, please contact Marissa Stigler.

Kennett Area YMCA (Kennett Square, PA)

As hybrid schedules are announced and new part time enrollment options are added, famillies intersted in updating their registration or registering a child for the Kennett Area YMCA Learning Center, should complete this form. Please note that the hybrid program will open first to families currently registered in the Learning Center or YMCA School Age Childcare program. Availability will open to the public after all current families have an opportunity to adjust their enrollment. Space is limited and registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. 

A deposit of two weeks tuition is due at the time your registration is finalized. Payments will be drafted on Sunday, two weeks before the week of service. Deposits are not refundable. Two weeks notice is required for cancellation. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information about Learning Center options at the Jennersville YMCA, please contact Leslie Steger

Lionville Community YMCA (Exton, PA)

New Hybrid Care Options - beginning October 26th

If you are interested in registering your child for full day child care coverage, including remote learning support at the Lionville Community YMCA on days your child is not attending "in school" instruction, please complete this form. Care is provided from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM daily with extended after care available until 6:00 PM.  We will contact you about completing a registration packet. Payment is due two weeks before each week of service. 

  • Two Day Care
    • $86 per week (7:30 - 3:30 PM)
    • $22 additional for after care until 6 PM.
       
  • Three Day Care
    • $129 per week (7:30 - 3:30 PM)
    • $33 additional for after care until 6 PM.
       
  • Five Day Care
    • $215 per week (7:30 - 3:30 PM)
    • $55 additional for after care until 6 PM.

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. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information, please contact Meredith Byerly

 

Octorara YMCA Program Center

Program Cost - 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. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information on Learning Center offerings at the Octorara YMCA Program Center, please contact Janet Kabakjian.

Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center

Program Cost - 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. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information on Learning Center offerings at the Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center, please contact Anthony Strickland.

Upper Main Line YMCA (Berwyn, PA)

Program Cost - 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. Questions regarding billing can be sent to childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org or 610-643-9622, ext. 2190. Financial assistance is available. Child Care Works (CCW) funding accepted. 

For more information on Learning Center offerings at the Upper Main Line YMCA, please contact Kelly Reuter.

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.

Please read and review our parent handbook and health and safety plan

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?

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?

Yes, each student is to bring two snacks and a lunch each day.

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

At this time, the program is being offered 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.

As school districts in our area move to in-person hybrid instruction, our Learning Centers will adjust their schedules accordingly. Parents will currently enrolled students will be contacted first. If you are in a school district moving to a hybrid schedule and need childcare, please complete our interest form. 

Is Child Care Works funding available?

Yes, Child Care Works (CCW) funding is accepted. We are also offering financial assistance and sibling discounts. Please contact childcareadmin@ymcagbw.org for details.

Families who receive Child Care Works (CCW) funding are required to pay a $25 per child per week fee in addition to their weekly co-pay for the Learning Center
 

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?

Yes. Each site has 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?

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. Branches will work to accommodate the specific hours of your school as much as possible.

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 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 are staff 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 wear masks. All children ages two and older also 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). Following the completion of your registration, please complete this form and we will apply your discount.