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 programs are available for children ages six weeks through 6th grade. 

The YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization that offers income-based membership rates and financial assistance for programs for those unable to pay the standard rates. Ask us for details. 

STEM and Educational Offerings

Ages six months to 11 years

Our STEM and educational programs teach through creative play and are offered through seven-week session programs throughout the school year. Parents interested in exposing their toddlers to informal instruction or older students to new concepts will enjoy these fun and educational offerings. 

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Preschool & Childcare

Ages six weeks to six years.

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.

Available at Brandywine YMCA, Jennersville YMCA, Lionville Community YMCA, Octorara YMCA Program Center, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center, Upper Main Line YMCA, West Chester Area YMCA

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Montessori

Ages 18 months to six years

The Montessori method of education values the human spirit and the development of the whole child — physical, social, emotional and cognitive.

Available at Kennett Area YMCA & West Chester Area YMCA

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Kindergarten

Children must be four years and seven months old by August to enroll

The academic, state-licensed kindergarten at the YMCA prepares your child for success. In addition to learning all subjects including language arts, writing, math, science and social studies, YMCA kindergarteners receive Spanish language instruction, as well as wide variety of extracurricular activities. Before and after school care is included with tuition. 

Available at the Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center

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STEAM Academy Preschool

Ages three to five years old

Because children absorb new information faster at this time of their lives than they will throughout all of their school years, the STEAM curriculum is designed to expose children to a wide variety of hands-on learning. UMLY’s vast 54-acre campus coupled with its many resources including degreed staff, its Environmental and STEM Education Center, its Creative and Performing Arts Center and its Diverse Abilities Playground, make it the perfect place for STEAM Academy.

Available at the Upper Main Line YMCA

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Before and After School Care

Available for kids in Kindergarten - 6th Grade

Our before and after school programs are full of activities that parents and kids love. Trained staff engage kids with everything from homework help to games and art projects. In addition, full-day care is matched to most school days off. The program is open to all and financial assistance is available.

Available at Jennersville YMCA, Avon Grove School District, Kennett School District, Octorara School District, Oxford Area School District, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center. 

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School Break Care

Every branch that offers Before and After School Care – Jennersville YMCA, Kennett Area YMCA, Octorara YMCA Program Center and Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center - provides an option for “Y Days” during the school year. When school is closed your children can be cared for at the Y. Many Y Days are scheduled, but they are also available when unexpected issues arise such as weather-related school closings.

Additionally, the Upper Main Line YMCA (UMLY) and West Chester Area YMCA offer school break care for students ages five to 12 years.

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