YMCA Learning Center

Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success.  That’s why our child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework.  Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

The Ashtabula County YMCA offers all-day preschool, academic preschool, kindergarten readiness, a before school program, an after school program, a school day off and snow day off program, and a summer day camp at the Y.  We also offer a before school and an after school program on site at Ridgeview Elementary School and on site at Kingsville Elementary School.  All focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  Children who receive assistance from ODJFS are welcome.

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Early Learning Academy

Preschool at the Ashtabula County YMCA is available Monday through Friday as early as 6:30am and as late as 6:00pm, with academic preschool included Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Part-time (24.59 hours per week) and full-time (25 hours or more) care is available.  Registration packets are available at the Y.

Academic Preschool

Academic preschool at the Ashtabula County YMCA and is a 3 1/2 hour program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:00pm focusing on the growth and development of the 3 to 5 year-old child.  We are a state licensed program and believe in age appropriate activities.  We are proud to be a Step Up To Quality child care provider.

Kindergarten Readiness

Our Kindergarten Readiness program runs from September to May with summer session from June to August.  This program is designed for children who are 5 years old and preparing to enter Kindergarten.  The program is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12:00pm.  We use a creative curriculum that aligns with the Ohio Early Learning Development Standards.

Success Before/After School

Ashtabula County Family YMCA

The Ashtabula County YMCA Before School Program and After School Program are state licensed and run Monday through Friday.  The Before School Program is open as early as 6:30 am while the After School Program is open as late as 6:00 pm. Children in either program can participate in various physical activities including swim and gym as well as arts and crafts.  Homework help is also available and transportation is provided to and/or from school.  We use the Cincy Curriculum that aligns with the Ohio K-12 Standards Resource Guide.

Buckeye Local Schools

The Ashtabula County YMCA Before School Program and After School Program are state licensed and run Monday through Friday when there is school.  These programs are offered at Ridgeview Elementary School and Kingsville Elementary School.  Children registered for either location are also automatically registered and elligable for school days off and snow days at the Ashtabula County Family YMCA.  The before school programs open on-site at 6:30am and the after school programs are open until 6:00pm.  Children participate in various physical activities, games, and crafts.  Homework help is availalbe and children will have access to the school library and computer lab.  We also use the Cincy Curriculum that aligns with the Ohio K-12 Standards Resource Guide.

School Days Off and Snow Days

When there's no school, planned or at the last minute, the Ashtabula  County YMCA is ready with fun and learning for children registered in our before and/or after school programs.  School Day Off and Snow Day Off programs are open from 6:30 am until 6:00 pm and include physical activities, sports, arts, crafts, games, and even field trips.  We even sneak some learning in there - but the kids never know because they are having too much fun.

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