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.

QUALITY
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.

CONVENIENT
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.

AFFORDABLE
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.

Infant and Toddler Care
Ages 6 weeks - 18 months 

  • Step Up To Quality Rated
  • Highly-qualified staff 
  • Safe and secure locations
  • Creative Curriculum®
  • Project-based learning 
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Early-opening hours

Our Curriculum:
Creative Curriculum provides safe, healthy, and creative indoor and outdoor environments for infants and toddlers, encouraging gross and fine motor development and cognitive development, and interactions to foster curiosity. Your child will enjoy socially and emotionally stimulating activities, interactions and routines to develop trusting relationships, express feelings and learn self discipline.

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Preschool 
Ages 3-5 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
  • Swimming lessons
  • Field trips

Our Curriculum:
Creative Curriculum creates an environment that encourages children as they progress through different developmental stages to prepare them for Kindergarten. They will progress through literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts and technology. Healthy habits are encouraged through rigorous indoor and outdoor activities, and social skills and expressions of feeling and connectedness with others are also encouraged. 

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Before and After School Programs 
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 programs at 20 locations throughout Northwest Ohio. Our Curriculum: Building a Primary Classroom helps children grow physically, emotionally and intellectually. Developmentally appropriate environments and activities include: arts and crafts, board games, building, dramatic play, quiet area, reading, floor games, music, homework completion, outdoor play, and physical activities.

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Child Development Department Leadership


Craig Palmer
VP of Youth Development & Educational Initiatives


Lesley Doria
Executive Director 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.