Child Care

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Child Care

Grove City YMCA Childcare

543 E Main St Ext

Grove City, PA 16127       

(724) 458-6628                                                                                                                                                                                    

The GROVE CITY YMCA Childcare has a well-balanced program that fits the needs of the children according to their ages as well as their physical, educational and social/emotional growth. We strive to offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum.  With young children, it is vital to offer them many opportunities to explore, discover, and socialize as they begin to form friendships with other children. Through learning centers, arts and crafts, large motor activities, fine motor activites, stories and child directed play, it is our goal to facilitate the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each individual child. Child directed play allows children to interact with peers, and creates numerous opportunities for social interaction with both peers and staff. The YMCA teachers utilize the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards when planning lessons and activities for your child. We believe a child's academic success will flourish, as long as they are socially and emotionally ready. This is why our preschool curriculum consists of P.A.T.H.S. Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) which will help children label emotions, express them, build self-confidence, and provide several strategies for problem solving skills to develop. Handwriting Without Tears is also taught at the preschool level. It is used exclusively by the Grove City School District to teach the children how to write using hands-on, educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting.  Along with being licensed by the Department of Human Services, we also participate in Keystone STARS for quality improvement.

Open Door Policy

Parents are welcome to come in anytime during the day to observe their child's classroom or share their time and talents! We accept third party funding as well as financial assistance for those in need.  For more information about our programs, please call the Child Care Director at 724-458-6628 or 724-458-0838.

Infants (6 weeks - 12 months):

  • Staff: child ratio 1:4
  • Daily individual written reports
  • Outdoor play and walks
  • Warm, nurturing infant/caregiver relationship

 
 Young Toddler Classroom: (13 months-22 months)

  • Staff: child ratio 1:5
  • Daily individual written reports
  • Variety indoor/outdoor play
  • Variety of indoor activities
  • Rest time
  • Morning and afternoon snack provided

 Older Toddler Classroom: (22 months - 32 months)

  • Staff: child ratio 1:5
  • Daily individual written reports
  • Variety indoor/outdoor activities
  • Circle time/story time
  • Rest time
  • Morning and afternoon snack provided

Older Toddler/Young 3's Classroom: (32 months-42months)

  • Staff: Child ratio 1:6
  • Use developmentally appropriate curriculum that empathizes learning through hands-on experiences
  • Circle time/story time/learning activities
  • Variety of indoor/outdoor activities
  • Rest time
  • Morning and afternoon snack provided


Young Pre-K/Pre-K (3-4 year olds, 4-5 year olds and Kindergarteners)

  • Staff: Child ratio 1:10
  • Use developmentally appropriate curriculum that emphasizes learning through hands-on experiences.
  • Circle time/story time/learning activities
  • Computer time for every child
  • Variety of indoor/outdoor activities
  • Swimming every week
  • Rest time (except Kindergarten Care)
  • Morning and afternoon snack provided
  • On days there is no kindergarten scheduled or kindergarten is cancelled due to inclement weather, all day care is available for an additional fee.  On days kindergarten is delayed due to inclement weather, care is also available.

1/2 day Pre-K (going into Kindergarten) Monday, Wednesday and Friday
(DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR ONLY)

  • Staff: Child ratio 1:10
  • Use developmentally appropriate curriculum that empathizes learning through hands-on experiences
  • Circle time/story time/learning activities
  • Variety indoor/outdoor activities
  • 8:00am-11:00am


School-Age Program: (Grades 1-5)
(DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR ONLY)

  • Staff: Child ratio 1:12
  • Located at Hillview Intermediate Center
  • Snacks, games, arts and crafts, outdoor play, homework help and swimming every week
  • On days there is no school scheduled or school is cancelled due to inclement weather, all day care is available for an additional fee.  On days school is delayed due to inclement weather, care is also available.

For more information and pricing please call (724) 458-6628


Fall Registration Fee: $50.00/family
Summer Registration Fee: $35.00/family

Summer Camp (Going into 1st-7th grade) 

$33/$27    $25 second child rate                                                                                                                    

 

 


Class Information


Age Group:
Toddlers (6 - 36 mos.), Pre-Kindergarten (3 - 5 yrs.), Grades K through 4

Program Cost:

See above

Schedule:

See Above


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Choose Your Own Adventure Day Camp

Choose one or more weeks for 1st-7th graders

June 26-30: Go For the Green

Make a difference in the environment this week with a park clean up scavenger hunt and recycled crafts. Spend time exploring different types of energy through STEM activities and a field trip to Tour-Ed Mine on June 30th to experience what is was like to be a coal miner in the 1850s and today.

July 10-14:Camp X-Ttreme

Take your summer experience to the extreme with fitness boot camp, a Nerf gun battle, an Escape Room challenge and more. Jump to extreme heights with a field trip to Get Air! Trampoline Park on July 11th.

July 24-28: Sports of Sorts

Have a ball with us getting active with STEM Olympic games, crazy kickball, tye dye jerseys and more. Step up to the plate at the Erie Seawolves Minor League Baseball game on July 26th.


Class Information


Age Group:

Program Cost:

Go For the Green Camp: Registration fee: $30   Camp Fee: $140

Camp X-Treme: Registration fee: $30   Camp Fee: $150

Sports of Sorts: Registration fee: $30    Camp Fee: $135

Price of Camp includes: afternoon snack, t shirt (if registered by 6/29---one per summer), field trip or special event, swimming daily, and an invitation to the Variety Show (Wednesday August 2nd).

Schedule:


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Summer Day Camp

1st grade-7th grade Summer Camp with Weekly Themes and Activities

6:30am-8:30am~Drop off between these times in order to avoid missing any fun!

8:30am-9:15am~Enjoy less structured outdoor time on the playground, have a morning snack, and play large/small group games

9:15am-9:30am~Morning Meeting: Songs, activity choices, plan for the day, announcements, Counselor Challenges

9:30am-11:00am~Choose a favorite activity for the day and expand on interests such as sports, art, STEM, a special guest, a hike, scavenger hunts and more.

11:00am~Activity groups return to the blacktop to prepare for lunch and swimming

11:15am-12:15pm~Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm~1st-3rd graders: Swimming     4th-7th graders: Small group counselor-led activities

1:30pm-2:45pm~1st-3rd graders: Small group counselor-led activities     4th-7th graders: Swimming

2:45pm-4:00pm~Group activity

4:00pm~Afternoon Meeting

4:15pm-6:15pm~Group games, choose an activity, playground


Class Information


Age Group:

Program Cost:

Member Rate: $27/day   2nd child rate: $25/day

NonMember Rate: $33/day

Minimum 2 day/week enrollment

*Weekly Field Trip rates vary*** Charged in addition to camp fee

Schedule:

Monday June 12th-Tuesday August 22nd


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