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Ensure a Brighter Future

With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. That's why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It's about nurturing their development, by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and building self-reliance through the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

State Licensed Early Child Care

Full-Day Infant-Preschool AGES 6 weeks- 5 years

Educare Centers

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland proudly offers full-day infant-through-preschool child care at our CSU Child Development Center located on the campus of Cleveland State University. Our center is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 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 are designed to stimulate childrens' minds as well as provide a fun and creative day for your child.

All Day Child Care


The YMCA of Greater Cleveland also offers State Licensed Preschool programs in 6 YMCA locations. Our preschool programs also follow an educational enriching curriculum that focuses on kindergarten readiness, character development, health and fitness, diversity and values education. Swim time is available at some locations. YMCA Preschool is a great way for your child to interact with other children and gain the social skills they will need as they grow and mature into school-agers.

Full Day Toddler Program AGES 24-36 months

Lakewood:  Grace Presbyterian Church

Vermilion:  Vermilion Family YMCA

Full Day Preschool AGES 3-5

Cleveland:  West Park YMCA

Lakewood:  Grace Presbyterian Church

Lyndhurst:  Hillcrest YMCA

Parma:  Divinity Lutheran Church

Vermilion:  Vermilion Family YMCA

Half Day Preschool AGES 3-5

Avon:  French Creek YMCA

Vermilion:  Vermilion Family YMCA

State Licensed School-Age Child Care

Before/After School Care

Before & After Care

Our school age programs not only offer a safe place for your child to go after school but also include fun, hands on activitiesthat promote cognitive and social development,

Through the YMCA’s core values caring, honesty, respect, responsibility our dedicated staff build a community within the child care site encouraging each child to build self esteem all while having fun and making friends. 

School Days Off

School Days Off

During the school year, there are many occasions for schools to close, such as parent/teacher conference days, single day holidays and longer holiday breaks. On these days, the YMCA offers full-day child care "Out of School Time Care," to children who are currently enrolled in YMCA child care programs, from 7 am-6 pm at select branches. Pre-registration for Out of School Time care is required. Space is limited and registrations are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Ohio Department of Education

Food Program

The YMCA is proud to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The goal of this program is to increase the YMCA's ability to meet the nutritional needs of children in our care by getting reimbursed for meals and snacks that meet CACFP requirements. In addition, we promote understanding of the role of nutrition in the physical, mental and social health of children and help develop positive food attitudes and eating behaviors.

By receiving reimbursement for snacks and meals at participating sites, the YMCA is able to provide a more complete and nutritious breakfast or snack to children in our child care programs. To participate in this program, the YMCA must meet the following nutritional guidelines:  CACFP Meal Pattern for Children

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.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice and TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.