Children & Youth

Learning Centers

YWCA York's Learning Centers provide nurturing and educational environments for over 300 children each year while their parents are at work. We serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.

YWCA York has a 4Star rating from the Keystone STARS program indicating it is of the high quality and offers a "kid-friendly atmosphere with good teachers." YWCA York is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAECY), an achievement only 8 % of learning centers nationally are able to achieve.

Our classrooms are places where children learn to read, count, and respect the earth and each other. YWCA York's commitment to end discrimination and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people is reflected throughout our curriculum, special events, and classrooms. 


  • Promote the healthy development of children
  • Enable parents to work or attend school and training programs to support their families


  • To provide educational, developmentally appropriate, quality childcare programming
  • To provide ALL families with quality childcare

Youth Programs

Youth programs focus on the strengths of young people and challenge them to expect and create great things in their lives. Youth ages 7-19 can explore new worlds, discover their full potential and develop toward healthy adulthood in innovative programs.

Our goal for the youth engaged in YWCA youth programs is to help them gain the skills, self respect, and experiences needed to eliminate self-destructive behaviors and look toward a brighter future. We do this by building developmental assets, promoting healthy lifestyles, and creating a sense of hope.