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Child Care

Our programs, classes and activities are designed to engage children and help them develop the values, skills and confidence they'll need to succeed as adults.

Early Education & School Age Care Inquiries | Ages 6 weeks - 5 years | Ages 5-12 | Parenting Tips | School’s as Hubs 

YMCA Early Education and School Age Enrichment programs promote a love for learning, healthy choices, social and emotional development, and creativity.

You can relax knowing that with us, your kids are getting their daily dose of fun, homework assistance, character development, cultural enrichment, and physical activity which all lead to positive behaviors and better health.

At the Y, your children will learn, have fun and participate in activities that prepare them for kindergarten or complement lessons learned during the school day. You can have peace of mind knowing your children are in a safe and nurturing environment with well-educated and carefully selected teachers who encourage them to reach their potential and explore their interests.

Our programs are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and meet or exceed state standards.


Our centers for Early Education and School Age Enrichment have been awarded or are in the process of being awarded Step Up To Quality recognition which is a voluntary quality rating system recognizing care programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above Ohio’s licensing standards.


With 26 centers in Northwest Ohio and 16 located in area schools, quality care is never far from home.  For centers not located in schools, we provide transportation to and from schools to those centers. The Y offers a variety of care options based on parents’ needs. Whether you need care every day or just a few hours a week during the school year, our flexible payment plan allows you to choose full-time and part-time. 


The Y is for everyone. Offering high-quality, affordable care is our priority.  We offer financial assistance for those who qualify through contributions made to the Y’s Annual Campaign or through public funds.

Early Education

Ages 6 weeks - 5 years 

Children in our programs are cared for in a warm, caring and safe environment. Staff are well trained in Early Childhood Education and follow age-appropriate lesson plans that have been developed to stimulate not only a child’s mind but provide a fun and creative day. Infants and toddlers in our care receive the nurturing and interaction they need along with play designed to help build their development.

The Early Childhood curriculum is designed around the Creative Curriculum®. Creative Curriculum® is an educational component with lesson plans that support each child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social and language development. The curriculum is integrated with the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Standards.

School Age 

Ages 5-12 years 

  • Early Opening Hours
  • Vacation Day Care
  • Summer Care
  • Before- and After-School Care
  • Second shift care 
  • Healthy eating and physical activities
  • Evening Care
  • School Delay Care
  • Transportation Provided
  • CincyAfterSchool® Curriculum
  • Homework assistance
  • Healthy Kids Curriculum

The YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo offers State Licensed before- and after-school care at 26 locations throughout Northwest Ohio. While our programs allow for activity choice, they provide an educationally-based curriculum that includes homework assistance.

The following Child Development Centers (CDC) participate in the Federal Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): CDC at St. Charles, Wayman Palmer YMCA, CDC at Owens Community College, CDC at Deveaux Elementary, and CDC at Byrnedale Elementary. In accordance with Federal law and U.S.Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, ROom 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720 5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 


We encourage children in our child care programs to explore new activities that are fun and help develop life skills. Programs like swimming lessons, gymnastics, sports, art, and camping are available year round at your neighborhood Y.


Parents can choose whether they need full-time or part-time care during the year.

Drop In Care
Our Child Development Center at Owens Community College offers Back Up Care/Daily Care for children of residents who live throughout our area. For more information, contact 567.661.7404 or click here.


Second Shift/Calamity Day/ Early Opening

We know that changing work schedules and school calendars require flexible child care. For parents who work second shift, child care is available at two locations. We also provide care during school delays, cancellations, and those other days when your child has the day off but you do not.

CincyAFTERSCHOOL® curriculum

The CincyAfterSchool® Curriculum is designed to support the healthy development of children by building strengths and meeting the needs of the wholechild. Increased student achievement and reduction of risk-taking behavior are two primary goals of the program. The curriculum achieves these goals through engaging students and their families in balanced activities aligned with Ohio Academic Standards.




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