Child Care Services
Kids & Teens
In our child care program, kids learn their ABC’s, learn to share, learn about sportsmanship and, most importantly, learn how to be themselves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
We believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for a child’s quality of life. If you’re looking for a safe, nurturing environment for your children to learn, grow and develop social skills, we have four programs, for kids aged 6-weeks to 12-years, to meet your family’s needs.
Parents and their children are encouraged to tour our child care facility. If interested, contact our Child Development Center (724) 658-4766 ext. 222.
Our hours of operation are from 6:30 AM - 6PM, Monday through Friday. Our child care facility is accredited by Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning Keystone Stars facility.
- There is a 10% savings available to families with multiple children enrolled.
- Any families who enroll their child(ren) full-time for 5 days in the Y’s Child Development program get a YMCA family membership for FREE.
- Virtual education tools for parents with enrolled children
Financial Assistance is available through,
CCIS of Lawrence County
1001 East Washington Street, Suite 3
New Castle, PA 16101
Early Learning Resource Center. Families should apply directly with their office at
139 Reiger Road
Butler, PA 16001
724-285-9431 -or- 1-888-864-1654
Child Development Programs
Our infant and toddler care is designed so that children ages 6 weeks- 2 years of age can explore, play, create and develop social/emotional skills while enjoying the stimulation of new people and experiences. Our program’s environment allows children free and creative interaction. Teachers provide a warm, caring atmosphere for play and socialization while encouraging new skills and positive self-image which provide the framework for the development of cognitive, motor, social, language and self-help skills.
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Our preschool/pre-kindergarten builds on children’s natural desire to learn new things and develop independence and self-regulation. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are a natural part of playing games or learning a new craft. Your child(ren) will also develop a readiness for kindergarten through a challenging curriculum and a variety of activities, including swim and tumbling classes. Preschool is open to children ages 3-4 attending Kindergarten in the upcoming school year.
We offer working parents quality care for their school aged children before and after school, as well as throughout the summer. During the school year students enjoy mornings and/or afternoons with friends in a structured environment that provides snacks, homework assistance and activities. We also offer care for scheduled school delays, days off and a variety of programs to keep kids growing and learning throughout the summer.
*Also available at the Preston-Chambers Y-Zone
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Summer is a time for kids to be kids.
And “The Y’s Greatest Show” day camp is the place to make every precious summer day a great one!
Join us for a summer packed with fun and enriching activities. Children will build confidence and develop an appreciation for the community they live in while they make new friends and explore the world around them.
Weekly themes include:
- This is Me/Welcome to Camp
- Beach Blanket Boogie
- Circus Silliness
- Diggin’ Dinosaurs
- Patriotic Party
- Sea Shanty Shenanigans
- Buggin’ Out
- Out of this World
- Jam sesh
- YMCA Saves the Day
- Blast from the Past
Campers develop new friendships and have tons of fun in a safe environment that will include:
- Physical distancing
- Face mask and hygiene protocols
- Small group sizes
Financial assistance is available through the ELRC
Summer Day Camp at the Preston-Chambers Y-Zone YMCA
Location: 428 Eleanor Drive, New Castle, PA 16105
Dates: June 7 - August 20
Ages: Entering 1st Grade - Age 12
Price per Camper/Per Week: $160
Meals & Snacks: Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks are provided
Contact: Felis Lynd, 724-658-4766
- Register in person at either location.
- For more information please call Felis Lynd at 724-658-4766 ext. 223.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be due at the time registration to hold your spot. This deposit will be credited back over the 11 weeks
Enrollment Packet: Please note, a completed Child Care Enrollment Packet must be submitted in its entirety to attend summer day camp. Please pick up and complete the packet at either branch(New Castle YMCA or Preston-Chambers Y-Zone) within 14 days of registration to ensure your enrollment is finalized.
Teens (age 13 - 16) can be a part of our Counselor in Training (CIT) program that is offered at the Preston-Chambers Y-Zone Day Camp. Kids have the opportunity to shadow our Day Camp leaders and develop and practice leadership skills through hands-on interaction with younger children. With an emphasis on building self-esteem, setting goals, and developing leadership skills, this is the perfect program for future camp counselors. For more information contact Felis Lynd at 724.648.4766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overnight Summer Camp Experiences
Ages: 7 to 15 year olds
For more information, go to http://www.ycampkok.org/
Location: 126 Nagel Rd., Fombell, PA 16123
Fees: YMCA Member Discount Available. Call 724-758-6238 to learn more.
Kon-O-Kwee is more than fun… It’s Friends! There’s magic in the memories as you summit Eagle’s Nest, watch your first shooting star, catch the big one, get muddy, splash your counselor, and make friends and memories that last a lifetime. At Kon-O-Kwee, fun is not our mission. Fun is what campers experience when we accomplish our mission. Every activity, every deci-sion, every effort is purposefully designed for Kon-O-Kwee campers to experience the four core values of the YMCA of Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility.
Because campers Choose Their Own Adventure each morning, daily schedules vary based on camper’s choices, their Village, and what day of the week it is. Here's a sample daily schedule: http://www.ycampkok.org/summer-camp/overview/daily-schedule/
Ages: 8 to 16 year olds
For more information, go to http://www.campfitchymca.org or pick up a brochure in our lobby.
Location: 12600 Abels Rd., North Springfield, PA 16430
Fees: YMCA Member discounts available. Call 814-922-3219 to learn more.
This residential camp is on Lake Erie. Campers, ages 8-16, will fill their days with five activity periods, each allowing a variety of choices based upon age groups. Some activities may include rock climbing, paintball, arts & crafts, horseback riding, swimming, kayaking, golf, archery, creek hiking, fishing and sailing. In the evening, campers will take part in campouts, group games, cookouts and organized sports.
Ages: 6 to 16 year olds
For more information, go to http://www.campsoles.org/
Location: 134 Camp Soles Lane, Rockwood, PA 15557
Fees: YMCA Member Discount Available. Call 814-352-7217 to learn more.
An overnight camp experience at YMCA Camp Soles provides campers the opportunity to gain self-confidence, develop a sense of independence, and cultivate a stronger set character values. Our programs are led by positive role models and filled with opportunities for your child to grow and of course are full of fun and exciting activities! During their time with us, campers will be able to create their own adventure. In the morning campers can choose which skill-based activities they want to focus on such as: archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, and much more! Afternoon activities are built upon creating a sense of community. Cabins enjoy rest period, some quality time at the waterfront for Free Swim, and most importantly Camper’s Choice. This camper-centric activity is a time for all of camp to try something new such as: Ga-Ga, Zip Lining, Tie-Dying, Hiking, and more! Evenings at camp bring about new adventures and experience such as camp-out night, cabin magic along with traditions of capture the flag, campfires, and more.