Lancaster Family YMCA
Early Learning Academy

Offering Pre-K and Early Learning Programs

About The Program

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The Lancaster Family YMCA Early Learning Academy can help prepare your child for success in school through our pre-K and early learning programs. We offer a nurturing environment where children learn, grow and build strong futures. We are Keystone Stars Level Three certified. Our curriculum follows Creative Curriculum, Little Treasures Literacy 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.

Enrollment Options

Full-time and part-time enrollment options are available for children ages 3-5, with care offered from 7:00 AM–6:00 PM. Full-time enrollment at the Early Learning Academy includes a complimentary Y Family Membership. We accept CCIS payments and offer financial assistance for those who are eligible.

  • Full-time enrollment (21-50 hours/week)
  • Part-time enrollment (20 hours/week or less)
  • Pre-K Counts for eligible children in the School District of Lancaster

To enroll, tour the center or for questions, please contact Melissa Adams at or 717-393-9622, ext. 1050.


PreK Counts and United Way of Lancaster County Partnerships.

As part of our mission to close the Academic Achievement Gap through early learning opportunities, the Lancaster Family YMCA Early Learning Academy is a partner organization in the United Way of Lancaster County’s Learning Lancaster Collaborative – providing high quality, early childhood programming for 3- to 4-year-old children residing in the School District of Lancaster.

The Lancaster Family YMCA has also been a PreK Counts partner site for the School District of Lancaster since 2016. We’re expanding this program to serve more children in the 2017/2018 school year.

At the YMCA, we’re committed to providing quality early learning opportunities to all children regardless of their financial means.

The Lancaster Family YMCA Early Learning Center is a Pre-K Kindergarten Scholarship Organization that is an approved EITC eligible organization.


The Early Learning Academy is located at 252 Harrisburg Avenue – directly across Harrisburg Avenue from the Lancaster Family YMCA City Center Branch. Center tours available. Please contact center director Melissa Adams at 393-9622, ext. 1050 to schedule a tour.

About the Staff

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

Staff Requirements

Our staff are experienced, trained and serve as positive role models for the children. They receive on-going training 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

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 Early Learning Academy program by viewing our FAQs or downloading our Parent Handbook.


Parent Handbook