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


The West Philadelphia YMCA 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. What to expect from our program:

  • Full day program runs from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Cheerful atmosphere
  • Stimulating environment with texture, sight and sound
  • A curriculum that includes: language development, reading and match readiness, love of the fine arts, weekly swim classes, gross and fine motor skill development and socialization
  • Age appropriate equipment
  • Social skills, independent and group playtime
  • Outdoor games and playground activities
  • Financial Assistance is available
  • CCIS accepted
  • Meals and snacks provided

Registration Information

Child are accepted throughout the year on a space available basis. The West Philadelphia YMCA is a subsidy participating agency. Financial Assistance may be available to those who qualify. For more information please call ext. 3611. All registration information is available online or at the Welcome Center.

Philadelphia City Pre-K

Philly Pre-K is a Pre-Kindergarten program for children ages 3 to 5 yrs.  The program is funded by the City of Philadelphia, and is free to children and their families who reside in Philadelphia. Children will benefit from a quality, engaging and developmentally appropriate program that ensures that every child participating is ready to enter school at the appropriate time. 

Philadelphia City Pre-K Flyer

School Age Programs

The West Philadelphia YMCA is committed to providing a quality School Age Program that is both fun and safe for children. Our School Age programs are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Each program day, our qualified staff provides creative learning experiences and supervised activities for a child’s development and enjoyment.

After Care

After Care is offered from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on school days. Our program offers an opportunity for children to engage in a variety of activities expanding learning beyond what they experience during school hours. This program is offered to any child in kindergarten through 6th grade attending a school in the West Philadelphia area, A YMCA membership is required. After School Care is offered at the West Philadelphia YMCA beginning at 3:00 PM on days the the Philadelphia School District elementary schools are in session. For more information, stop by the Welcome Center for a registration packet. After Care includes:

  • Weekly themes and activities
  • Homework assistance/tutoring
  • Sports/games, swimming and fitness programming
  • CCIS State subsidy accepted

School Age Holiday Care

Care is provided to children on days that school is closed, including most in-service days and holidays. Your child will engage in social and educational activities while having fun. We have Holiday Care scheduled for most Philadelphia Public School Holidays.