Lancaster Family YMCA
Early Learning Academy

Pre-K Counts Program

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As part of our mission to Close the Academic Achievement Gap through early learning opportunities, the Lancaster Family YMCA Early Learning Academy is a Pre-K Counts site run in partnership with the School District of Lancaster – providing high quality, early childhood programming for 3- to 4-year-old children residing in the School District of Lancaster.

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.


Now Accepting Pre-K Counts Registrations for the 2018-2019 School Year.
Children who have turned 3 or 4 by 09/01/2018 and reside in the School District of Lancaster are eligible to apply for this program. It is a free program for qualified families. The program follows the schedule of the School District of Lancaster and our program hours are 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Contact Melissa Adams at 717-393-9622 ext 1050 with any questions.

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The Early Learning Academy is located at 252 Harrisburg Avenue – directly across Harrisburg Avenue from the Lancaster Family YMCA City Center Branch.

Please contact center director Melissa Adams at 393-9622, ext. 1050 for questions about the program or 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

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