Child Care


Our Commitment to Child Care
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 build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

As the largest and leading provider of child care, the Y knows that earning this trust requires caring trained staff and a commitment to excellence in service and administration. This is why we participate in the Step Up To Quality rating system which promotes the ongoing development of safe, affordable, accessible, and high quality educational programs to give your children the best start in life. We are committed to working with families to create a support system for healthy development. Sandusky County YMCA Child Care is more than just care for children; it's an opportunity to learn, create, play, empower, and grow.

What is Step Up To Quality?
Step Up To Quality is a voluntary, quality rating system for early care and education programs. Programs can earn a 1 through 5-Star Rating by meeting the quality benchmarks for the State of Ohio.

Step Up To Quality means:
• Fewer children per classroom
• Staff receives more specialized training
• A more comprehensive early education experience for your child
• A focus on continuous improvement

It’s been a long road, but with the hard-work and dedication from our childcare department, they have earned the five-star award - the top award offered -  from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Bureau of Child Care and Development, the state agency responsible for licensing and promoting high standards among Ohio’s early care and education programs.

The Child Development Center provides a high-quality early care and education program that goes above and beyond Ohio’s licensing standards. By reaching for the stars, The Child Development Center is helping the youngest children develop in a warm, nurturing environment that fosters growth and a love for learning.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for early care and education programs. Participants can earn a one thru five-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system also gives parents a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs.


Step Up To Quality is Ohio's program to promote continuous quality improvement in early learning and school age environments. With research-based standards as the foundation, the Step Up to Quality star rating is an easily recognizable indication that our Child Care Programs are continually working to improve the quality of the care we provide.  More info on Step Up To Quality can be found here.




Our extended learning programs offer an extension of the elementary classroom.  This program includes activities that are age and developmentally appropriate, taught by a degreed teacher.  Transportation will be provided to the school-agers to and from school



Our preschool program offers age appropriate activities geared to enhance 2 1/2 - 5 year olds' development socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively.  For swim time (Tuesday or Thursday mornings), an instructor is in the water teaching the children how to swim!

Our preschool classrooms meet both full and half-day, Monday through Friday.  Half-day preschool from 8:30am - 11:30am, and full-day preschool from 8:30am - 5:30pm.

Preschool benefits include:

  • Teaching basics like alphabet, numbers, colors, days of the week and more.
  • Getting children ready to read and learn
  • Social Skills
  • Helping with Separation Anxiety when moving to kindergarten.

Benefits only at the Y:

  • Swimming on Tuesdays or Thursdays
  • Monthly Field trips
  • Lunch and snacks provided
  • Degreed teachers

YMCA Child Care Video
Check out our Sandusky County Child Care Program on our video-click here.

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