Childcare Services


Since 1978 YWCA Lancaster provides flexible, nurturing, enriching child care services for working women and their families. The curriculum demonstrates a commitment to eliminating racism and offers children opportunities to celebrate differences and learn to value diversity.  All YWCA childcare programs embody the ideals of the YWCA – peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

All of our staff meet or exceed state licensing requirements.  Subsidized care is available through various funding sources.  The YWCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristic.  Resources are available for those with limited English proficiency. We also offer a sliding fee scale for families in our childcare centers at our Lime Street and McCaskey locations.
Our programs are all voluntarily participating in the Pennsylvania Keystone Stars Program.  Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.
Click on the link to download the YWCA Lancaster Childcare brochure: YWCA Lancaster Childcare Brochure

Select a Childcare Service below:

Infant, Toddler and Preschool

The YWCA offers developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The curriculum is designed to promote a child’s individual intellectual, physical and emotional development. Staff help each child develop a positive self-image and the skills they need to succeed in their first year of school.

Care is available for children ages 6 weeks and older at two locations, 110 N. Lime Street (Child Enrichment Center) and McCaskey High School (Child Development Center).   Care is flexible offering full and part-time options.


Child Enrichment Center

The Child Enrichment Center is located in downtown Lancaster in the historic YWCA building located at 110 N. Lime Street. The children enjoy the rich resources of downtown Lancaster with daily walks to locations such as Musser Park, Central Market, Lancaster Square and the library. For information call 717-393-1735 ext. 242. Click here to download the CEC Registration Packet and Parent Handbook 2012.

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The Child Development Center is located at McCaskey High School and operates in tandem with the School District of Lancaster, early childhood development and K-4 programs. If interested in enrolling in the Child Development Center at McCaskey High School please read the Handbook and call 717-391-8618 to schedule a tour. Please fill out the Child Development Center enrollment packet and fill out the emergency contact.


School Age Child Care (SACC)

The YWCA School Age Child Care program provides a safe place for kids and peace of mind for their parents. The program offers care to children 5 years to 12 years of age throughout the year.
For information regarding any School Age Child Care program, call 717-393-1735 ext. 270 or 265.


Before and After School

DSC_9719Registration for the 2014-15 school year is here!
For complete details, read our Penn Manor Parent Handbook or our YWCA Lancaster Parent Handbook. Then complete a Penn Manor Registration Packet or  YWCA Lancaster Registration Packet to enroll your child. If you have Microsoft Excel, you may use it to complete and print the Emergency Contact Form.
Penn Manor Open registration events at Eshleman Elementary on July, 23 and July 28 from 3:30 to 6pm. All other registrations are by appointment only at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St, Lancaster. Please call 717-393-1735 ext. 265 to set up an appointment.
Care is provided at the following elementary schools in Penn Manor: Central Manor, Eshelman, Hambright, Letort, Martic, and Pequea. For Conestoga care will be provided at Pequea.
Care is provided for a variety of schools in Lancaster City. The program includes transportation to and from public and private schools in the City of Lancaster at no additional cost.
No-school day care is available for both Penn Manor and Lancaster City schools at the YWCA with prior registration.
Before and After School Care includes the following activities:
  • lots of outdoor and indoor activities
  • homework time
  • nutritious snacks
  • arts & crafts
For information regarding any School Age Child Care program, call 717-393-1735  ext. 270 or 265.

Kindergarten Wrap-Around

The YWCA Kindergarten Wrap Program offers care for children enrolled in half day kindergarten at all Penn Manor elementary schools. The program can be combined with before and/or after school care to provide all day care for kindergarten students.

2014-15 Wrap Program

Registration for the 2014-15 school year is by appointment only starting March 10, 2014.  Call 393-1735 ext. 270 or 265 to set up an appointment.

Wrap Parent Handbook 2014-15
Wrap Registration Packet 2014-15


Summer Camp 2014
The YWCA Summer Camp offers care for children from the end of the school year until it begins again in the fall. The day camp is offered at sites throughout Lancaster County: Eshelman Elementary in Millersville, McCaskey High School and the YWCA in Lancaster City. Campers receive a t-shirt celebrating the summer’s theme and a yearbook at the end of the summer.

Camp days include the following activities:
  • breakfast and nutritious snacks
  • arts and crafts
  • sports and games
  • swimming
  • library visits
  • activities such as bowling, mini golf and skating
  • trips to local attractions
  • programs celebrating diversity and individuality

2014 Field Trips:

Week 1: No Trip

Week 2: The Castle

Week 3: That Bounce Place

Week 4: Laser Dome

Week 5: Whitaker Center

Week 6: Ozzy’s Family Fun Center

Week 7: Maryland Science Center

Week 8: Cherry Crest Farms

Week 9: Mount Gretna

Week 10: Camp Carnival & Olympics