What We Offer
The YMCA of Central Ohio is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable child care for children. In the US, the YMCA is the nation's largest provider of child care programs, providing family-centered, values-based programs to nurture children's healthy development. Well-trained staff provide safe, affordable, high-quality care so you can have peace of mind while you work.
Staff members are partners with parents and other caregivers, working together to help kids grow up healthy, happy and strong. With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, your child will experience a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents.
Child Care Centers (Infant, Toddler, Preschool)
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.
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.
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.
FREE Child Watch & Kids Time*
All family memberships include free drop-in child watch while mom or dad make use of the Y. Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests.
Kindergarten Jump Start - Summer Only
Our Kindergarten Jump Start program makes the most of the summer to get your child kindergarten ready! Our state licensed program is led by qualified teachers and designed to equip preschoolers with the skills they need for kindergarten. Our curriculum includes academics such as reading, writing, math and science as well as social skills. We offer two summer sessions. While one is Literacy focused and the other is Math focused, other academic components will also be covered. All preschoolers and kindergarten children welcome.
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.