Education & 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.
For the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, providing quality, affordable care for your children isn’t a business, it’s our mission—a vital part of our commitment to the community. It’s an approach that has made us the largest child care provider in Northwest Ohio.
Our centers have been recognized through a voluntary quality rating system award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Our early childhood and school-age centers have been awarded with Step Up To Quality or are in the process of being awarded. Step Up To Quality recognizes early care and education and after-school programs that exceed quality benchmarks over and above Ohio’s licensing standards.
In a YMCA/JCC child care program, children will learn, they’ll have fun, and have fun learning! Our children participate in activities that reinforce what they are learning in school. They receive help with their homework, as well as what educators tell us children need most after a long day at school - a chance to run, jump, laugh and play and a healthy snack too!
"I know my child is safe while I am at work."
- YMCA Parent
Peace of Mind
Our highly-qualified, caring staff is our greatest asset. Our child care providers are well educated, carefully selected, and the YMCA/JCC performs detailed background checks on all child care staff. Our programs are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and meet or exceed state standards.
Our staff members strive to provide children with an atmosphere of warmth, security, and continuity. The YMCA/JCC provides staff with training in First Aid, CPR, prevention of communicable diseases, recognizing and reporting child abuse, child development and developmentally appropriate practices.
With over 20 centers throughout Northwest Ohio, quality, affordable child care is never far from home. For any of our centers that are not located in schools, transportation is provided to and from school.
Offering high-quality, affordable child care is our top priority. We offer financial assistance for those who qualify through YMCA/JCC scholarship contributions and publicly-funded child care programs.
Ages 6 weeks - Pre K
Step Up To Quality Rated
Safe and secure locations
Nutritious meals and snacks
Project based learning
- Full- and part-time care
- Healthy meals and snacks
- Evening care
- Kindergarten readiness
- Early-opening hours
- Second shift care
- Melody Hounds® Curriculum
- Swimming lessons (Preschool)
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.
The YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo offers State Licensed before- and after-school care at over 20 locations throughout Northwest Ohio. While our programs allow for activity choice, they provide an educationally-based curriculum that includes homework assistance.
Healthy Kids Curriculum
YMCA/JCC Child Care features a Healthy Kids Curriculum that includes: age-appropriate activities, healthy snacks, time for play, indoor and outdoor programs, study time and family events. Kids in Motion includes play for exercise, walking club and fitness and nutrition activities.
Healthy Kids Curriculum is supported by: The Andersons, Danberry Realtors, UTMC, ProMedica and United Way of Greater Toledo.
Parents can choose whether they need full-time or part-time care during the year.
We offer a flexible payment program that allows parents to choose five or less hours of care for their school-age child if full- or part-time care is not needed.
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 three locations. We also provide care during school delays, cancellations, and those other days when your child has the day off but you do not.
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.
Session: April 28-June 21
Anthony Wayne Local Schools
Lake Local Schools
Maumee City Schools
Northwood Local Schools
Oregon City Schools
Ottawa Hill Schools
Perrysburg City Schools
Rossford Exempted Village Schools
Springfield Local Schools
Sylvania City Schools
Toledo Public Schools
Washington Local Schools
Lucas County Board of MRDD
Mercy Health Partners
YMCA Christian Partnerships
Ability Center of Northwest Ohio
The Andersons, Inc.
Child Abuse Prevention Center of Northwest Ohio
Kinship Navigator of Lucas County
Toledo/Lucas County Public Library
ProMedica Health System
Read for Literacy
University of Toledo
YWCA of Greater Toledo
Girls Scouts of Western Ohio
Lucas County Children Services
Local JFS County Services
Lucas County Health Department
Owens Community College