Brandywine YMCA Preschool and Childcare

At the Brandywine YMCA, 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.

The Giant Step preschool program is for children ages 2 years through pre-k and runs September through May. This program provides a beneficial social experience and a good foundation for future education. Experienced teachers and aides utilize child-centered activities to encourage attentive listening skills, pro-social behavior and provide opportunities to increase self-awareness.
Location: Brandywine YMCA
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
    (Must be 2 years old by September 1, 2019. This program does not offer swim.)
    Mon, Wed & Fri, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
    Tues. & Thur., 9 a.m. – 12 noon
    (Must be 3 years old by September 1, 2019.)
    Mon. to Fri.,  9 a.m. – 12 noon
    Mon., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon
    (Must be 4 years old by September 1, 2019.)
    Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • 2 Day Program Fees:
    Full Members: $262  |  Community Members: $306
  • 3 day program Fees:
    Full Members: $294  |  Community Members: $364
  • 5 day program FEES:
    Full Members: $368  |  Community Members: $452
Additional Preschool Programs
  • Lunch Bunch
    For Giant Step children who want to stay for lunch with their friends. 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. Six-day Lunch Bunch coupon books are available for purchase at the Member Services Desk.
    Days & Times: Monday – Friday, 12 noon -1 p.m.
    Fee: $25 per coupon book (6 coupons)

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 6th 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
  • Mt. Pleasant
2020/21 School Year Monthly Fees
  • Before Care: $148/month
  • After Care:
    3 days a week: $290/month
    5 days a week: $385/month

Out of school care for children attending Kindergarten through 5th grade 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. A pizza lunch is provided. Please pack a lunch for your child if they do not wish to have pizza.
Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fee per day:
Full Members: $45
Community Member: $60
*Additional charge for field trips

Our Mission

The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.


Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.


Due to scheduled protests, the Central and Walnut Street YMCA's will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Sussex Family Y will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Bear-Family Y outdoor pools will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.