The YMCA of Central Ohio offers state-licensed before and/or after-school care at over 50 locations throughout Central Ohio. While our programs allow for activity choice, they provide an educationally based curriculum which includes homework assistance and a fitness component.
The YMCA of Central Ohio proudly offers full-day infant-through-preschool child care at three Educare Centers in Columbus. Our Educare Centers are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Children in our Educare programs are cared for in a warm, caring and safe environment. Staff are well trained in early childhood education and follow age-appropriate lesson plans that are designed to stimulate childrens' minds as well as provide a fun and creative day for your child.
The YMCA of Central Ohio offers State Licensed Preschool programs at 5 of its YMCA branches. Our preschool programs follow the State of Ohio Standards in Early Childhood Education through an enriching curriculum that focuses on kindergarten readiness, Literacy and Math enrichment, Science, Social Studies, social and emotional development, health, fitness and diversity. Swim time is available at some locations. The YMCA Preschool is a great way for your child to interact with other children and gain the social skills they will need as they grow and mature into school-agers.
The Head Start Program is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The program's services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children's physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills. The transition from preschool to kindergarten imposes diverse developmental challenges that include requiring the children to engage successfully with their peers outside of the family network, adjust to the space of a classroom, and meet the expectations the school setting provides.