We operate eleven licensed preschools conveniently located around Central Ohio. We offer full day and part day programs to fit your child’s needs.


Our preschool programs focus on preparing children for kindergarten.  Our curriculum is based on school readiness skills and is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Key components include literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, problem solving, health and diversity. Our preschools help children grow in all developmental areas to gain the skills they will need as they go through life!

Eight Benefits of a High-Quality Preschool for Your Child

1. Your child will be ready for kindergarten.

Some children have never had a teacher or been in a large group of children. Your child will learn to share, take turns and follow directions. These social skills are important when he reaches kindergarten!

2. Your child will develop important social and emotional skills.

Teachers help children learn how to spend time away from their families and become more independent. Your child will learn how to solve problems. He will learn how to handle emotions like sadness and anger.

3. Your child will take part in activities planned just for her.

Teachers plan many lessons and activities. Your child will be able to choose those she is most drawn to as well as participate in lessons designed for learning specific skills. These activities will help her grow and progress in many ways.

4. Your child will be curious and want to learn.

Teachers will watch your child and ask him questions about what he is doing or what he thinks will happen next. These friendly questions will help him be curious about the world around him.

5. Your child will learn how to take care of herself and help others.

Your child will learn how to clean up after herself and help in the classroom. She will learn to ask for help when she needs it and take care of her belongings. She will learn how to help a friend who is just learning something she already knows.

6. Your child will learn pre-math and reading skills.

Every day, your child will take part in activities that boost his reading and math skills. In addition to class lessons, he will play with games and puzzles and read a variety of books. These things help him have fun and develop a love of learning.

7. Your child will develop motor skills.

Young children are always moving. Your child will have a chance to run, climb and play active games to improve her physical abilities. Her fine motor skills will improve by using scissors, painting and writing.

8. Your child will increase his language and thinking skills.

A child’s vocabulary—the words he can use—grows fast between ages 3 and 5. Teachers will show your child new words each day. They will help him talk and solve problems. They will involve your child in hands-on activities that build his thinking and reasoning skills.


Comprehensive Childcare

We serve 4,000 children every year, making us the largest child care provider in central Ohio.  Collectively, the YMCA is the largest provider of child care statewide and nationally. We know kids and families!

The YMCA of Central Ohio began its licensed child care programs in 1989 with 7 sites. Every year the need for quality, affordable care grows and we now have over 100 state-licensed child care programs throughout Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. The YMCA of Central Ohio is very proud of the high quality early care and education services we offer our families. Our staff looks forward to helping your child learn, grow and thrive by working together to create the best learning environment for your child.


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