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 center at our Lime Street location.
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.

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 the YWCA Lancaster building located at 110 North Lime Street.   Care is flexible offering full and part-time options.

Child Enrichment Center

The YWCA Child Enrichment Center is located in downtown Lancaster in the beautiful historic YWCA building located at 110 N. Lime Street. The children enjoy enriching activities through a hands-on, child-centered curriculum that supports individual growth. The Child Enrichment Center voluntarily participates in the Pennsylvania Keystone STARS quality initiative earning a rating of 4 STARS. In addition, the program is an Early Head Start partner with the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, and a Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts partner with the School District of Lancaster.

The Child Enrichment Center believes in a safe, secure, and developmentally appropriate environment. Teachers are required to have formal education in Early Childhood Education, maintain 27 training hours annually, and be Pediatric First Aid and CPR certifi

ed. For more information and/or to schedule a tour, please call 717-393-1735 ext. 272.

Program forms

The 2015-2016 Parent Handbook is made available here.  Please review prior to filling out the application.



The following forms are for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Please complete all three documents and hand in with registration.


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, 274, or 265.


Before and After School

DSC_9719Registration for the 2014-15 school year is here!

For complete details, read our Penn Manor Handbook or our School District of Lancaster Handbook. Then complete a Penn Manor Registration Packet or  School District of Lancaster Registration Packet to enroll your child.

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 Conestoga. Care is being provided at Conestoga while Pequea is under construction.
Care is provided for a variety of schools in the School District of Lancaster. The program includes transportation to and from schools at no additional cost.

No-school day care is available for both Penn Manor and School District of Lancaster 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, 274, 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.

2015-16 Wrap Program

Registration for the 2015-16 school year is by appointment only.  Call 393-1735 ext. 270 or 265 to set up an appointment.

Parent Handbook Wrap 15-16 


Summer Camp

Thank you for an incredible summer!  We’ll see you next year!

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 for students in the Penn Manor School District and School District of Lancaster. 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