Now’s the time to give your child the jumpstart he or she needs to prepare for kindergarten.

At the YMCA’s of Greater Dayton, we believe that every child has the potential to be successful, and we’ve set into place an educational environment that is friendly, positive and caring to help each student discover his and her own unique gifts.

How to Register

Step 1: View our available Preschool locations in the list below.

Step 2: Choose you location below and click on the "PRE-REGISTER TODAY!" button
OR call or visit your local YMCA that is offering this program option during our enrollment hours, 8am-5pm, Monday–Friday. Space is limited, registrations will be first come, first serve. After filling out the pre-registration of interest for a childcare location, childcare staff will follow up with families. To be enrolled in the program, families must complete a paper registration packet, sign a letter of understanding and an ODJFS Health Form for each program cycle. Additional ODJFS forms will be needed for children with any special accommodations or medication to be administered. Enrollment status is confirmed by the childcare program director or registrar.

Step 3: We will be in touch within 24 hours and provide you with details regarding our Child Care programs.

2024-2025 Childcare Rates AVAILABLE NOW!

YMCA’s Preschool Education Programs Serving Preschoolers or Children Age 3-5 are available at the following locations:

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Quality Child Care, you can count on! Open to ages 6 weeks­–12 years. 41 locations to choose from!

YMCA Preschool Locations


YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Dayton:

• River's Edge Elementary
The Greater Dayton School

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Englewood & Vandalia

YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Englewood & Vandalia:

•  Concord United Methodist Church
•  Stillwater Church 

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Germantown/ Valley View

YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Germantown:

•  Valley View Primary

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Huber Heights

YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Huber Heights:

•  Studebaker

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YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Kettering:

• Lifepointe Church
• Fairmont Presbyterian Church

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YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Miamisburg: 

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New Bremen

YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in New Bremen: 

• New Bremen Learning Center

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YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Riverside:

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YMCA Preschool is available at the following locations in Fairborn: 

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The YMCA Preschool Education Programs run both year-round and nine month session, starting their academic year in September and ending in May. Two-day, three-day and five-day programs are available and vary by location to meet the needs of your developing child. Class ratios are always kept to a healthy balance.

Our Y’s curriculum, Creative Curriculum, is aligned with the Department of Education Early Learning Standards to determine if children are prepared to enter kindergarten. Our half day licensed programs exceed the standards set by the State of Ohio.

At the heart and soul of this great program are our teachers. Educators in the YMCA’s Preschool Education Programs foster great achievement by presenting curriculum in a way that makes learning fun, meaningful and interesting. Daily lessons are created to boost development through creative, age-appropriate activities, hands-on experience, a balance of indoor and outdoor play, with snacks and downtime included. Throughout the Dayton area, these experienced professionals have a proven track record for preparing early learners for success in elementary schools across the board.

Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Assistance

The YMCA of Greater Dayton is a charitable, not-for-profit, health and human services organization committed to helping people reach their full potential in spirit, mind and body.

Through generous donations from members and your community, the YMCA is proud to offer Our Extra Hands Program. This provides financial assistance to those in need.

Follow the following steps to apply for our Child Care Scholarships:
Step 1:  Apply for PFCC (If you are denied, you can proceed with the YMCA Extra Hands Application. You will need to provide a copy of your denial letter from your county.) If you are approved for PFCC, a YMCA Scholarship would not be applicable. 
Step 2: Fill out our Extra Hands Application (YMCA Scholarship)
Step 3: Provide us with 1 Month of Pay Stubs for all adults in your household.
Step 4: Provide your previous year's tax filing (Ex. Federal 1040 with W-2's)
Step 5: Provide a personal letter (written or typed) to the Scholarship Committee. This letter should explain your current situation and express your need for financial assistance. 

Once all 5 of these components are provided to the YMCA Child Care Director, the completed Scholarship Application will be reviewed at the Monthly Child Care Scholarship Committee Meeting. Following this meeting, results are mailed to inform you of the status of your application. 

*YMCA Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

Applying for Ohio Public Funds

The YMCA accepts publicly funded child care through the State of Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) helps parent(s) who are working or in school pay for child care through the Publicly Funded Child Care (PFCC) program. 

You may be required to pay for part of your child care in the form of a copayment as determined by ODJFS. The amount you pay is based on your gross income and family size.

Please visit the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services website for more information or to apply for Child Care Assistance in your county.


The YMCA reserves the right to adjust rates as needed and will communicate any changes necessary in advance.


YMCA reserves the right to add holiday closure dates as needed. The YMCA will attempt to communicate at least 2 weeks in advance for any closures.


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: here, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.