With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. That's why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It's about nurturing their development, by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and building self-reliance through the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Before & After School Care
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. The YMCA has over 20 years of experience providing quality, licensed school-age child care for Central Ohio families. Through our affordable child care programs, we create a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and develop social skills.
Early Childhood Resource Network+
ECRN+ is here to support you and your family. We have more than 30 years of experience working with children who have special needs (developmental delays, disabilities and special health care needs) and their families.
The YMCA is proud to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The goal of this program is to increase the YMCA's ability to meet the nutritional needs of children in our care by getting reimbursed for meals and snacks that meet CACFP requirements.
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.
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life. Because of the Y community, kids in neighborhoods around the nation are taking more interest in learning and making smarter choices. At the Y, kids learn ABC’s, learn to share, learn about sportsmanship and, most importantly, learn how to be themselves, making for confident kids today and contributing adults tomorrow.
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. Some locations even offer swim time! The YMCA Preschool is a great way for your little one to interact with other children and gain the social skills they will need as they grow and mature.
Seasons change, days get shorter before they get longer, and we celebrate milestones in our lives. The Y is proud to be part of the fabric of life for thousands of individuals who look to us for impact in the areas of child care, youth programs, healthy living and a sense of community. Our YMCA has always believed that our most important asset is the trust that parents place in us to take care of their children.
School Days Off
The YMCA is committed to supporting and nurturing kids in Central Ohio communities. During the school year, when schools close for parent/teacher conference days, single day holidays and longer holiday breaks, the YMCA offers full-day child care from 7am - 6pm at select branches so that kids have a place to play and learn (note: pre-registration may be necessary).