The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA is the largest provider of Child Care in Pennsylvania!

Child Care Programs

We believe at the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  That’s why, through the Y, thousands of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive  behaviors, better health and educational achievement .

Today’s families need all the support they can receive in order to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy and trusting relationships, and build independence through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Kindergarten Care

Supplement your child’s half day kindergarten program with the Y! The New Hanover Center Kindergarten Half Day Programs offer an AM or PM schedule. This program provides daily care for children attending public or private kindergarten. Our program complements the school curriculum by offering activities which stimulate physical, intellectual, emotional, and social growth, including weekly swim time. Early dismissal and all day care for holidays and teacher/staff development days are also available. Limited transportation to and from school is provided by the YMCA or the school district.

Preschool Programs

New Hanover Center  preschool programs are consistent with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA’s philosophy, which is grounded in a child-centered and holistic approach to early childhood education. This allows us to adjust to the needs of the child with independent classroom exploration and active social time. A preschool curriculum is offered to all children in the toddler through five-year-old classes. The centers are open Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM year round, except during our holiday schedule. Part-time and full-time care is available.
(6 weeks – 12 months)
Infants thrive in a safe, nurturing environment surrounded by experienced care givers.
(13 – 35 months)
Teachers and staff support and facilitate child development as toddlers experience their new independence in a stimulating atmosphere.
(3 – 5 years)
This program provides a beneficial social experience and good foundation for future education. Experienced teachers and aides utilize child-centered activities to
encourage attentive listening skills, pro-social behavior and provide opportunities to increase self-awareness.

Child care programs are ranked at the 3 Star level by Keystone Stars.
Keystone Stars encourages and supports programs to develop and sustain higher levels of quality, in order to strengthen outcomes for children and families and improve school readiness.