Child Care

You are a parent with children. You have a million things to worry about.

We get it. You have children and we know that all parents have an active life. One of the problems you are concerned about is finding quality child care you can trust. 

The YMCA is committed to your child, your family and your community. We’ve been building community for more than 150 years through our family, wellness, and child care centers. We offer infant and toddler care, preschool, and before and after school programs. 

Open Child Care Centers (Fall 2020):

  • Anderson Center at the Wolf Creek YMCA
  • Byrnedale Elementary (Opening 10/12)
  • DeVeaux Elementary (Opening 10/12)
  • Eastern Community YMCA
  • Fort Meigs YMCA Child Development Center
  • Maumee Child Development Center
  • Ottawa Hills Center
  • Owens Child Development Center
  • St. Charles Development Center
  • Sylvania YMCA Child Development Center
  • Whitmer/Washington Local Program Center
  • Wayman Palmer YMCA


Call any of our (open) centers to register your children for the fall. Find site information and phone numbers here.  

Great Teachers and Staff Spell Success

The #1 reason behind our success in child care and in being the area’s #1 child care provider? It’s simple – our staff and teachers. 

The average tenure of our site directors is 10 years; of lead teachers, 7 years. 

This experience and stability translate into higher-quality child development and education.

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

Early Childhood Education

Our early childhood curriculum is designed around the Creative Curriculum®, an educational component with lesson plans that support each child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and language development.

Infant and toddler care (6 weeks to 18 months); Preschool (3-5 years)

  • Step Up To Quality rated
  • Highly-qualified staff 
  • Safe and secure locations
  • Creative Curriculum®
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Swimming lessons (preschool)

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Focus on Learning Outcomes

For preschoolers, we’re focused on learning outcomes and kindergarten readiness. Digital learning portfolios document your child’s learning in the classroom, as well as test results.

These portfolios:

  • Move with each child through the program
  • Shapes the teacher's approach to your child
  • Informs the dialogue we have with parents
  • Improves teaching and learning


School Age Enrichment

Our program provides a well-balanced curriculum that includes homework assistance, learning new skills, and healthy play with peers. 

Before- and after-school program (5-12 years)

  • Flexible care options 
  • Healthy eating and physical activities
  • Transportation provided to and from school
  • Building a Primary Classroom Curriculum
  • Homework assistance

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Conveniently Located Throughout Our Community

The Y runs 12 child care centers in the Toledo area. The full listing is available on our web site. 

We have centers located in or connected to these school districts:

  • Holland
  • Maumee
  • Oregon
  • Ottawa Hills
  • Perrysburg
  • Springfield
  • Sylvania
  • Toledo


What Parents Say about the Y

“I strongly feel my daughter is happy at the Y. The teachers go out of their way to make her feel loved, involved, and safe.”

“I love how excited my son is after a great day of learning and having fun with his teachers and friends.”

“We absolutely love the staff. Our daughter looks forward to school every morning. We know she is loved while she is with you.”

Competitive Pricing with Flexible Rates and Schedules

We invest where it strengthens the quality of your child’s development and education, and watch our pennies where it doesn’t. The result is quality child care at a very competitive price.

In the spirit of the “Y for All” philosophy, we strive to include every family interested in enrolling their child. In additional to public funds available to qualified families, the Y offers fee assistance based on annual household income.

And, we’re the only provider in town to give parents of part-time children/students the option of choosing the 1-3 day(s) most convenient for them.

Step Up to Quality!

No surprise that most of our Early Education and School-Age Enrichment programs have earned “Step Up to Quality” recognition from the State of Ohio. (The rest are currently pursuing the first-level rating; several have achieved the highest ratings of 4 and 5 stars.) 

This voluntary system verifies that, at minimum (the 1-star rating), our Y centers:

  • Provide your child with quality staff and teachers who complete 20 hours of specialized training each year
  • Offer teachers who fully understand Ohio’s early learning and development standards
  • Build strong relationships with families
  • Demonstrate their commitment to making the program even better every day 

Child Development Leadership

Craig Palmer
VP of Youth Development & Educational Initiatives

Lesley Doria
Vice President of Child Care

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.