We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life. Because of the Y community, kids in neighborhoods around the nation are taking more interest in learning and making smarter choices.
About the program
The YMCA of Central Ohio proudly offers full-day infant-through-preschool child care at three Early Learning Centers in Columbus. Our Early Learning Centers are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, achieved highly qualified ratings according through Ohio’s Quality Rating System - Step up to Quality and are 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 designed to stimulate children's minds as well as provide a fun and creative day for your child.
We serve 3,584 children every year, making us the largest child care provider in central Ohio. Collectively, the YMCA is the largest provider of child care statewide and nationally. We know kids and families!
The YMCA of Central Ohio began its licensed child care programs in 1989 with 7 sites. Every year the need for quality, affordable care grows and we now have over 60 state-licensed child care programs throughout Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. The YMCA of Central Ohio is very proud of the high quality early care and education services we offer our families. Our staff looks forward to helping your child learn, grow and thrive by working together to create the best learning environment for your child.