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

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. We have earned our Three-star rating! More info on Step Up To Quality can be found here.


YMCA Child Development Center Wins State Award for Excellence in Early Care and Education

This Fall our Child Development Center earned their third star in the Step Up to Quality- Five-Star Quality Rating System.  You can read more below.

Fremont 10/1/13- In recognition of excellence and an ongoing commitment to children, YMCA Child Development Center has received a Three-Star Step Up To Quality Award 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 start, 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 through 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.

Three-Star Step Up To Quality programs meet these criteria:

  • A ratio of one teacher for every 7 toddlers (ages 18-36 months), one teacher for every 10 preschoolers (36-48 months), one teacher for every 12 preschoolers (48-60 months), and one teacher for every 15 school-aged children (ages 5-12 years)
  • All of the lead teachers have an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field or meet a Career Pathways Level 3.  (Career Pathways is a statewide system for quantifying the former education, experience and training of early childhood professionals.  It is used as an alternative to holding the specified degree in Step Up To Quality Benchmarks.)
  • Teachers plan learning activities with Ohio's Early Learning Content StandardsInfant & Toddler Guidelines, and K-12 Content Standards
  • Teachers and administrators receive 30 hours of specialized training every two years
  • To reduce staff turnover, the program provides at least 2 employee benefits to staff members

“YMCA Child Development Center is honored to become Star Rated.  Our focus has always been on expanding children's knowledge and skills.  This Three-Star award lets families know that our dedication to children has been documented and is more than just lip-service," said Lisa Giesler and Lynn Dillon, Co-Directors.

As more parents join the workforce, more children are cared for outside the home. In Ohio, 65% of children under the age of six have both parents in the workforce. At the same time, 90% of brain development occurs before age six.

Children enrolled in high quality early learning programs, particularly low income children, are more likely to stay in school, attend college, earn more money and be employed in more high-skilled jobs than their peers.

Step Up To Quality is available statewide.
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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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