YMCA Early Learning Centers and School Age Enrichment Programs in Dayton Ohio and surrounding communities

The YMCA is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable 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.

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YMCA Early Learning and School Age Enrichment Programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages 6 weeks to 6th grade. We provide experiences that enhance and enrich each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Within each center’s daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, to explore the environment, to develop problem solving and personal interaction skills and to develop concepts through experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-directed activities and teacher-assisted activities. Opportunities for solitary play, as well as group activities, are provided. Staff serve as positive role models and provides care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child’s needs. Parents are welcome visitors in the classroom and are welcome to be participants in our program as volunteers.

Our programs operate under all standards set forth by childcare licensing by the State of Ohio as well as follows standards and guidelines developed by the YMCA of the USA. All sites are state licensed and exceed the state-mandated ratio of teacher to students.

The YMCA believes that it is extremely important that quality care remains affordable for parents and families. Financial assistance is available and no one is ever turned away from a YMCA program due to the inability to pay.

YMCA programs follow curriculum that is developed and implemented to ensure that it is developmentally appropriate. All lesson plans contain programs or activities that focus on YMCA character development.

YMCA School Age Enrichment Programs

YMCA School Age Enrichment Programs serve children from kindergarten to sixth grade. The Y provides programs tailored to the developmental characteristics and needs of the children and youth we serve. Programs are mindful that children and youth change greatly during the school age years and activities are geared accordingly. Full time and part time rates are available at our locations to accommodate a variety of work schedules and family needs.

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“'School’s Out'” care is available on days when school is not in session, intersession and holiday breaks.

Day Camp programs are available in the summer.


YMCA Early Learning Centers

At the YMCA families tell us what's important for their kids - and we listen. They want safe, affordable programs, educational activities, convenient locations close to home, and they want their children to have a good time. The YMCA Early Learning Programs offer all of this and more for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Full time rates are available at all locations, part time rates are available at Fairborn, South and Xenia.

YMCA Early Learning Centers are available at the following locations, please click on a link for more details:


YMCA Early Learning Preschool Education Programs

YMCA Early Learning Preschool Education Programs are a great way to ensure that your child is getting a jumpstart in their education and childhood development! Our half day licensed programs exceed the standards set by the State of Ohio by having achieved Quality Star Awards at each location. Our programs are welcoming, comfortable, and in a safe environment providing age-appropriate activities, hands-on experiences, indoor/outdoor play, healthy snacks, and more. Skills needed for a successful kindergarten experience are introduced and supported. The programs use an educational component that supports and encourages each child's physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and language development. The curriculum is aligned with the Department of Education Early Learning Standards to determine if children are prepared to enter kindergarten. Our Preschool Education Programs run nine (9) months, starting their academic year in September and end in May. Two-day, three-day and five-day programs are available at all locations to meet the needs of the developing child.

YMCA Early Learning Preschool Education Programs are available at the following locations, please click on a link for more information:

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