Before/After School Care & Kindergarten Enrichment Programming

The YMCA has over 20 years of experience providing quality, licensed school-age child care for Central Ohio families.

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Y Club Before and After School

With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the help they can get. That's why we're America's largest child care provider. Through our affordable child care programs, we create a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and develop social skills.

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 in includes KidzLit and homework assistance. KidzLit is an after school literacy program. The Y-Club curriculum is designed around these eight core services:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Character Development
  • Health
  • Wellness & Fitness
  • Homework Support
  • Literacy
  • Science & Technology
  • Service Learning & Social Competence
  • Conflict Resolution

Our Y-Club participants learn the importance of performing community service projects, and staff incorporate Character Development into the daily lesson plans by emphasizing the four core YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility into all our Y-Club activities. YMCA Y-Club activities all work together to help children grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.

The YMCA of Central Y-Club program is a wonderful place for children to spend their out of school time!

Kindergarten Plus

Kindergarten Plus Program

The Kindergarten Plus full day program will take place at Grace Church on non-school days. The program curriculum is aligned with the Olentangy Local District’s Kindergarten curriculum and is designed to complement classroom learning. Staff will implement a Literacy Builders Program each morning. Literacy Builders is designed to provide a rich balanced program, offering a full range of literacy learning opportunities. This includes enhancing and stretching the child’s knowledge of letters, sounds, word and language in reading and writing situations. The afternoon will include math-focused activities, learning about healthy behaviors, daily physical activity (Y Kids are Fit), outdoor play and weekly swimming lessons at the Liberty Twp./Powell YMCA

Academic Enrichment focused on Literacy & Math, the Arts and Y Kids Are Fit. Plus FREE SWIMMING LESSONS are included in Kindergarten Plus program.

Kindergarten Plus Staff are well-educated and carefully selected teachers who encourage students to reach their potential and explore their interests. The K+ Site Coordinator is a Certified Teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Our K+ program staff has a Bachelor Degree including coursework in Early Education and Child Development.

YMCA Child Care Staff

About Us:

  • Our highly qualified staff are CPR & First Aid Certified and receive extensive hours of training and professional development
  • We're open year-round (snow days & school breaks too!)
  • Our programs are centered around our Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • We keep kids interested while having fun with our imaginative academic activities
  • We always encourage healthy eating habits, physical activity, and provide nutritious snacks
  • We focus on helping and improving literacy
  • We offer homework assistance