Lancaster Family YMCA
Child Care Center

Offering Preschool and Pre-K Programs

About The Program

At the Lancaster Family YMCA Child Care Center, we offer a nurturing environment where children learn, grow and build strong futures. Our preschool and pre-K curriculum program follows Creative Curriculum and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards to ensure children receive a developmentally appropriate learning experience while also being engaged with the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The educational experience of our teachers foster the social and educational skills children need for success in the coming school years.

After the initial launch of the center, youth development programs such as swimming lessons and introductory sports classes will be available at an additional fee.

Enrollment Options

Full-time and part-time enrollment options are available for children ages 3-5, with care offered from 6:00 AM–6:00 PM. Full-time enrollment at the child care center includes a complimentary Y Family Membership.

  • Full-time enrollment
    (21-50 hours/week)
  • Part-time enrollment
    (20 hours/week or less)


The child care center is located at 252 Harrisburg Avenue – directly across Harrisburg Avenue from the Lancaster Family YMCA City Center Branch.

There is pick-up and drop-off parking at the child care center with additional parking available at the Lancaster Family YMCA City Center Branch.

Center Tours

Child Care Center tours available. Please contact center director Jennifer Garcia at 393-9622, ext. 1050 to schedule a tour.

About the Staff

Led by YMCA Family Services Director Melissa Adams, and Child Care Center Director Jennifer Garcia, we are committed to having the highest quality staff working with your children. We are a state-licensed center and our child care staff meets or exceeds the education experience requirements outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Learn more about Melissa and Jennifer.

Staff Requirements

Our child care center staff are experienced, trained and serve as positive role models for the children. They receive on-going trainings through Pennsylvania Pathways and Keystone Stars in all aspects of child care, receiving a minimum 15 credit hours of professional development each year.

All staff are required to have the following training and experience:

  • First Aid and CPR Training/Certification
  • Child Abuse and Blood Borne Pathogen Training
  • Child Abuse, Criminal History and FBI Fingerprint Clearances
  • A minimum of 1 year experience with children

Program Fees

The Lancaster Family YMCA Child Care Center offers quality, affordable child care. We accept CCIS payments and offer financial assistance for those who are eligible.

View our FAQs to learn more about fees.


FAQs/Parent Handbook

Choosing a child care center is an important decision for parents and we want you to feel confident that the Lancaster Family YMCA can support your family’s needs. Learn more about our child care program by viewing our FAQs or downloading our Parent Handbook.


Parent Handbook


Please visit our City Center YMCA Branch Welcome Desk, located at 265 Harrisburg Avenue, to complete your registration.

Registration Form


Please feel free to contact Jennifer Garcia at with any questions you may have.