Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

The Towpath Trail YMCA offers an academic preschool, day care, a before school program, and after school program, a school day off and snow day off program, and a summer day camp that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Leap 'n Learn Pre-K Program (Pre-K Preschool)

In our Leap n Learn Program we are focusing on what the child needs to know for Kindergarten. We collaborate with Fairless and the surrounding school districts in their kindergarten screenings. We make our curriculum following the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards in order to meet the needs of the whole child. We have a gymnasium and large outdoor play space to meet the gross motor needs. We also provide the children with a weekly visit to the Barry Askron Memorial Library.

Learn 'n Discover (3/4 Preschool)

Three and four year olds are full of wonder and ready to explore. This class offers a wonderful first school experience allowing children to actively learn some new things while practicing social skills and some of the basics. We build our curriculum off of the children’s interest and needs while closely using the Ohio Department of Early Learning Content Standards.

Learn 'n Grow (Preschool Day Care)

Preschool all day long? Yes it can be done. In this program we have preschool activities in the morning, lunch, rest period, then back at it again. We meet the needs of the whole child by offering gym time, library visits, community programs, and giving the rich curriculum of the Ohio Department of Early Learning Content Standards. Social skills are developed while making friends they are with all day long. Children’s needs are being met all day long in the day full of adventure.

Before and After School Programs

Need a safe environment for your child to wait and catch the bus? Try our Before and After School Program. We offer care that will meet your needs. Fairless busses can drop off and pick up your child here. Kids are given time for homework help, relax, have a healthy snack, or run some energy off. Character Values are taught in this program while preparing them to stay home alone.

The YMCA offers Before & After School programs for Perry Local's Genoa, Knapp, Lohr, Pfeiffer, and Watson Elementary Schools. At this time the programs for Knapp & Pfeiffer will be transported by Perry School bus to/from their site.

School Days Off and Snow Days

No more worries during school breaks or on those snow days when you don’t know what to do with the kids. Drop them off for a day of fun filled activities at your YMCA. Pack a sack lunch and know that they will enjoy their day off playing with friends and maybe even learn something new.