As the largest provider of licensed child care in Chester County, the eight branches of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, offer childcare and early learning programs for children six weeks to five years old including daycare, traditional preschool programs, Montessori, STEAM, and kindergarten.
Led by certified teachers, children are provided with hands-on learning experiences through a comprehensive, research-based curriculum known as Creative Curriculum, which focuses on exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Our programs participate in the Keystone STARS program, which promotes high-quality standards in early learning and school-aged programs.
Because of the YMCA’s facilities and offerings, many of our programs also include swim lessons, gymnastics, music and more. (Offerings vary by branch). Moreover, classes available at the YMCA such as dance and karate can be added on to your child’s day,* with YMCA staff ensuring each child moves safely move from one activity to the next. Financial assistance is available for those unable to afford the standard fees.
Additional program highlights include:
- Degree lead teachers who complete at least 20 hours of additional training annually
- Daily Reports
- Healthy snacks provided
- Swim lessons included at no additional cost (offerings may vary by YMCA branch)
- Add-on programs such as preschool drama, art, sports, tumbling, ballet and karate available at an additional cost* (offerings vary by YMCA branch)
- Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment tool• Creative Curriculum
- Family Fun nights (four per year)• Field Trips• Visits from local librarian
- Playground and gym activities
- Financial assistance available for those unable to pay the standard fees
Programs are held at various locations - Please visit https://www.ymcagbw.org/programs/childcare-education
Brandywine YMCA - Coatesville
Jennersville YMCA - West Grove
Kennett Area YMCA - Kennett Square
Lionville Community YMCA - Exton
Octorara YMCA Program Center - Atglen
Oscar Lasko YMCA & Childcare Center - West Chester
West Chester Area YMCA - West Chester