Chester County’s Leader in Childcare
As the largest provider of licensed childcare in Chester County, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine has been serving the community for many years. Despite a recently published report by 24/7 Wall Street noting that childcare rates in Chester County are the highest in Pennsylvania, the YMCA’s childcare and early learning rates are among the most affordable in the area. In addition, as a non-profit organization, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine offers financial assistance for those unable to pay the standard rates. This is funded through donations made to the YMCA by many generous benefactors and corporations.
“It is very important that every parent who needs care or early learning opportunities for their child can obtain it. Parents have a lot on their plates today, and we strive to do everything we can to support them,” says Denise Day, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “The YMCA’s mission is to strengthen the foundations of our community, and ensuring parents have access to needed resources, including high-quality child care, is essential to our mission.”
While the study noted that more expensive childcare providers offer activities such as yoga, many YMCA childcare and early learning programs also include these offerings, despite being one of the more affordable providers of care in Chester County. Depending on the program and branch, swim lessons, gymnastics, music and more are often included.
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is a participant in the Keystone STARS program, which promotes high-quality standards in early learning and school-aged programs. Led by degreed teachers, children in the YMCA’s childcare and early learning program are provided with hands-on learning experiences through a comprehensive, research-based curriculum known as Creative Curriculum. Healthy snacks are also provided and parents receive daily reports.
“As a working mom, the Y’s childcare has been a lifesaver,” says Chai, a parent whose daughter has attended the Y’s childcare and early learning program. “My daughter loved her classes and learned so much … and I felt happy knowing she was well cared for. I don’t know what I would have done without their financial assistance program; it is a wonderful resource for our community.”