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Preschool & Childcare Programs at the YMCA

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.

We offer many childcare and early learning programs offered for children six weeks old to five years old. Our programs provide children with hands-on learning experiences through a comprehensive, research-based curriculum known as Creative Curriculum, which focuses on exploration and discovery as a way of learning. In addition, our programs participate in the Keystone STARS program, which promotes high-quality standards in early learning and school-aged programs.

Because of the YMCA’s facilities and offerings, many of our programs also include swim lessons, gymnastics, music and more.* Moreover, classes available at the YMCA such as dance and karate can be added on to your child’s day, with YMCA staff ensuring each child moves safely from one activity to the next.

*programs vary by location. 

Childcare Locations & Offerings

Brandywine YMCA - Coatesville, PA

Childcare is available at the Brandywine YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old. Care is available from 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddler Programs - 6 weeks to 2-year-olds

The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities. 

Preschool – 3 – 5-year-olds

The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers. Weekly swim lessons are also included in the program. 

Registration & Pricing

Full time care at the Brandywine YMCA ranges from $215/week - $302/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 

All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Kelly Van Sickle, Advanced Director of Childcare, at (610) 380-9622 ext. 2433 or kvansickle@ymcagbw.org.

The Brandywine YMCA is located at 295 Hurley Road in Coatesville PA.
 

Jennersville YMCA - West Grove, PA

Childcare is available at the Jennersville YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old. Care is available from 7 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddler Programs - 6 weeks to 2-year-olds

The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities. 

Preschool – 3 – 5-year-olds

YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center programs are for children ages 3 years to 5 years and provide a hands-on learning experience. The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers. Weekly swim lessons are also included in the program.

Registration & Pricing

All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Kelly Reuter, CELC Director, at (610) 869-9622 ext. 2548 or kreuter@ymcagbw.org.

Full-time care at the Jennersville YMCA ranges from $215/week - $305/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 

Jennersville YMCA is located at 880 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove PA 19390 610-869-9622

 

Kennett Area YMCA - Kennett Square, PA

Montessori childcare is available for children ages 18 months - 6 years at our Kennett Area YMCA

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Lionville Community YMCA - Exton, PA

Childcare is available at the Lionville Community YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years old. Care is available from 7 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddlers – Ages 6 weeks to 2 years old

The YMCA infant and toddler programs are for ages 6 weeks to 2 years old. The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities. All registrations take place in the branch.

Preschool – Ages 3 – 5 years old

YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center programs are for children ages 3 years to 5 years and provide a hands-on learning experience. The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers. Weekly swim lessons are also included in the program. All registrations take place in the branch

Registration & Pricing

All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Meredith Byerly, CELC Director, at (610) 363-9622 ext. 2913 or mwatters@ymcagbw.org.

Full time care at the Lionville Community YMCA ranges from $240/week - $330/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 
 

Octorara YMCA - Atglen, PA

As we take into account the many precautions that need to be implemented, capacity limits and staffing needs, it is unfortunately not possible to open our Octorara YMCA Program Center for camp and childcare this summer. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience we know this causes you. While the situation we are in due to COVID-19 continually changes, we anticipate reopening our childcare program at Octorara this fall.

Childcare is available at the Octorara YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years old. Care is available from 7 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddlers – Ages 6 weeks to 2 years old

The YMCA infant and toddler programs are for ages 6 weeks to 2 years old. The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities.

Preschool – Ages 3 – 5 years old 

YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center programs are for children ages 3 years to 5 years and provide a hands-on learning experience. The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers. Weekly swim lessons are also included in the program. 

Registration & Pricing

All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Janet Kabakjian, Director of Preschool, SACC, and Camp, at (610) 593-9622 ext. 2701 or jkabakjian@ymcagbw.org.

Full-time care at the Octorara YMCA ranges from $240/week - $290/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 
 

Oscar Lasko YMCA - West Chester, PA

Childcare is available at the Oscar Lasko YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years old. Care is available from 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddlers – Ages 6 weeks to 2 years old

The YMCA infant and toddler programs are for ages 6 weeks to 2 years old. The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities.

Preschool – Ages 3 – 5 years old 

YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center programs are for children ages 3 years to 5 years and provide a hands-on learning experience. The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers. Weekly swim lessons are also included in the program. All registrations take place in the branch.

Registration & Pricing

All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Carrie Kefford, Advanced Youth Development Director, at (610) 696-9622 ext. 2810 or ckefford@ymcagbw.org.

Full-time care at the West Chester Area YMCA ranges from $240/week - $340/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 

West Chester Area YMCA - West Chester, PA

Childcare is available at the West Chester Area YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years old. Care is available from 7 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddlers – Ages 6 weeks to 2 years old

The YMCA infant and toddler programs are for ages 6 weeks to 2 years old. The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities.

Introduction to Preschool – Ages 2 – 4 years old

Enjoy story time, music, movement, hands-on crafts, snack time and free play during this academy. Children must be, or turn 2, during the first month of participation. Parents receive a newsletter to keep them up to date on this child-only program. Includes special events and activities for parents.

Preschool – Ages 3 – 5 years old 

YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center programs are for children ages 3 years to 5 years and provide a hands-on learning experience. The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers.

Montessori – Ages 3 – 6 years old

Montessori at the YMCA fosters the fullest development of each child, and provides a foundation for a life of joyful and successful learning. The YMCA is founded on the principles of spirit, mind, and body, and nowhere will this approach be more evident than in our Montessori school. We offer a holistic educational Montessori experience. Our students enjoy extensive enrichment activities including; Swim Lessons, Yoga Instruction, Gym Activities, Music, and Spanish Language Instruction. All registrations take place in the branch. Click here to learn more about our Montessori program.

Registration & Pricing

All registrations take place in the branch. All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Becca Starr, Advanced Director of Youth Development, at (610) 431-9622 ext. 2209 or rstarr@ymcagbw.org.

Full-time care at the West Chester Area YMCA ranges from $270/week - $340/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 

Upper Main Line YMCA - Berwyn, PA

Childcare is available at the Upper Main Line YMCA for children ages 6 weeks – 6 years old. Care is available from 7 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. 

Infants & Toddlers – Ages 6 weeks to 2 years old

The YMCA infant and toddler programs are for ages 6 weeks to 2 years old. The infant and toddler program offers a warm, safe and secure environment for your child to grow and learn through experiences that focus on their mental and physical development. Music, singing, reading, movement and constant verbalization foster socialization and self-concept. We help kids reach important milestones through age-appropriate toys, games and enrichment activities.

Preschool – Ages 3 – 5 years old 

YMCA Childcare Early Learning Center programs are for children ages 3 years to 5 years and provide a hands-on learning experience. The YMCA's experienced staff follow the Creative Curriculum. The Curriculum offers developmentally appropriate activities and promotes a child's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through interest areas such as dramatic play, art, music, blocks/building, science, manipulatives, sand and water play, library and computers.

Registration & Pricing

All registrations take place in the branch. All registrations take place in the branch. For more information, please contact Therese McCullough, Childcare Director, at (610) 647-9622 ext. 2007 or tmccullough@ymcagbw.org.

Full-time care at the Upper Main Line YMCA ranges from $240/week - $340/week depending on the child’s age and YMCA membership status. YMCA members receive discounted rates on childcare. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 
 

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In accordance with the Governor's phased-in reopening plan for summer programs in yellow or green phase counties, all are invited to view our Health and Safety Plan, which follows the CDC guidance for Youth and Summer Camps.