Brandywine YMCA Preschool and Childcare

At the Brandywine YMCA Preschool and Childcare, we believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn fundamental skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

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The Brandywine YMCA Giant Step Preschool Program is for children ages 2 years through pre-k. We promote learning through a variety of themes and lesson plans. Children are encouraged to participate in play, physical activities, music, learning center, circle time, and hands-on activities. The program includes weekly swim time, large motor activities, dramatic play, music, arts and crafts, giggles, and games. For more information and availability email Bridget O’Connor [email protected].

Location: Brandywine YMCA
When: September – May
Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 noon 

Our Curriculum includes:

  • Large motor skills
  • Weekly swim lessons
  • Dramatic play
  • Music
  • Arts & Crafts

Program Features

  • Playground
  • Low staff to child ratio
  • On-site community program
  • Weekly gym & recreational swim

Program Options

2 YEAR OLD PROGRAM (Must be 2 years old by September 1, 2024)

  • Mon., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon

3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM (Must be 3 years old by September 1, 2024)

  • Mon. to Fri.,  9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Mon., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon

4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM (Must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024)

  • Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon


3 day program Fees:

  • Full Members: $335/month
  • Community Members: $415/month

5 day program Fees:

  • Full Members: $415/month
  • Community Members: $495/month

Additional Preschool Programs

Lunch Bunch & Enrichment – For children in Giant Step who want to stay for lunch with their friends on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays. Children bring lunch from home. Please do not pack peanut butter or nut products in your child’s lunch due to possible severe food allergies of other children.

  • Days & Times: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 12 noon -1 p.m.
  • Enrichment Days & Times: Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Fees: Vary depending upon selection.

Before Care is a program designed to promote youth development by providing activities in the form of arts and crafts, games, fitness, etc. This program is offered to any child in kindergarten through 5th grade attending one of our participating schools. A YMCA membership is not required.
Hours: 7 a.m. – start of school

After Care is a program that offers an opportunity for children to engage in a variety of activities to expand learning beyond what they experience during school hours. This program includes scheduled homework help time, a snack, recreational activities and more. A YMCA membership is not required.
Hours: End of school day – 6 p.m.

Schools Served

Before and After School Care is held on-site at the schools listed below:

  • Carrcroft
  • Claymont
  • Forwood
  • Hanby
  • Lancashire
  • Lombardy
  • Maple Lane
  • Mt. Pleasant

2024/25 School Year Monthly Fees

  • Before Care Only: $265/month
  • After Care Only: $430/month
  • Before and After Care: $550/month

Out of school care for children attending Kindergarten through 5th grade who enrolled in Before & After Care in the Brandywine School District is held at the Brandywine YMCA during in-service days and school holidays. Your child will be engaged in social and educational activities while having fun. Capacity is limited and registration is required.

Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fee per day: $50/day (POC is accepted)

*Additional charge for field trips

Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.


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