Childcare & Education

The YMCA's childcare programs provide each child 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 & Education categories

Babysitting Services for Members

Offered onsite during our busiest hours, YMCA members may drop their children off in our Child Watch and Kids Zone centers where our trained staff will care for them during your workout. 

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Before & After School Care

Know your kids are safe and happy in our Before & After School Care Program. As a working parent, you have a lot on your plate. Let us help care for your children in our before and after school programs. Full-day care is also offered on most school holidays.

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Education & STEM

STEM programs (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) foster a love of learning with hands-on activities and projects, such as Lego building, robot kits and science experiments and more. When combined together, the four elements of STEM programs inspire creative problem solving and inventiveness, while emphasizing the importance of collaboration, teamwork and having fun.

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This academic, state-licensed kindergarten at the YMCA prepares your child for success. Kindergarten at the Oskar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center in downtown West Chester helps your child develop their social, academic and emotional skills, while ensuring they are prepared for first grade.

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Awaken your child's natural curiosity and build a foundation for joyful, lifelong learning with Montessori at the YMCA. Montessori care at the Kennett Area YMCA and West Chester Area YMCA, for ages two and a half to five, offers a learning experience that helps children think critically, work collaboratively and act boldly — a skill set for the 21st century.

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Preschool & Childcare

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. The YMCA offers many childcare and early learning programs for children ages six weeks old to six years.

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School Break Care

School break camps are offered periodically throughout the year to provide parents with safe and affordable childcare during times that schools are closed for break. This may include winter break, spring break, in-service days and some holidays. Offerings vary by location.

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STEAM Academy

At STEAM Academy, we introduce little scholars to a wide variety of brain-building activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Offered at the Upper Main Line YMCA (UMLY) for pre-school and pre-K children of any ability ages three to five. Because children absorb new information faster at this time of their lives than they will throughout all

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