Child Care

Designed to engage children and
help them develop the values,
skills and confidence they'll
need to succeed as adults.

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'll 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 explore their interests and reach their potential.

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 25 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. 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 or part-time care. For parents who work second shift, child care is available at two locations. We also provide care during school delays and cancellations. Our Child Development Center at Owens Community College offers Drop-In Care for children of residents who live throughout our area. For more information, contact 567.661.7404.

The Y is for everyone and 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 

  • Step Up To Quality Rated
  • Highly-qualified staff 
  • Safe and secure locations
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Project-based learning 
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Evening care
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Early-opening hours
  • Second shift care
  • ABC's to movement
  • Swimming lessons (Preschool)

The Early Childhood curriculum is designed around the Creative Curriculum®, that supports each child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social and linguistic 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
  • Building a Primary Classroom Curriculum
  • Homework assistance
  • Healthy Kids Curriculum

The YMCA of Greater Toledo offers State Licensed before- and after-school care at 26 locations throughout Northwest Ohio. While our programs allow children the freedom to choose which activities they participate in, we also provide a structured curriculum that includes homework assistance. The YMCA uses Building the Primary Classroom Curriculum from Teaching Strategies which support school age children's natural innate learning. The curriculum is based on developmentally appropriate practices which include: Well designed environments and schedules to help children grow physically, emotionally and intellectually. Interest areas include arts and crafts, board games, building, dramatic play, quiet areas, reading, floor games, homework and outdoor play. Teacher and student planned activities based on the children's interest areas. 


Child Development Department Leadership

Craig Palmer
VP of Youth Development & Educational Initiatives

Lesley Doria
Director of Child Care Quality

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.