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

Before & After School Care

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is the largest provider of childcare in Chester County. Our Before and After School Care Program engages kids through activities, can provide assistance with homework and provides a safe and fun environment before and/or after their typical school day. Financial assistance is available. 

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YMCA Kindergarten Academy is a full-day, private, academic kindergarten with before and after care included in tuition.

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Awaken your child's natural curiosity and build a foundation for joyful, lifelong learning with Montessori at the YMCA. Children thrive in an authentic Montessori class room, with interactive learning in science, mathematics, Spanish, the arts and music. The program additionally includes activities unique to the Y: swim lessons, yoga, gym activities and more!

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Preschool & Childcare

Preschool programs provide a warm and caring environment where your child will build self-esteem and improve kindergarten readiness. Your child will learn essential social, physical and intellectual building blocks. Our childcare programs also include activities unique to the YMCA and the opportunity to enroll your child in additional enrichment programs happening during the day at your branch.

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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

Introducing curious children to the subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math, (hence STEAM), STEAM Academy opened in 2017 for children ages three to five who are in preschool and pre-K. The STEAM curriculum is designed to expose children to a wide variety of hands-on learning at an age when their minds are most inquisitive.

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