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Affordable, safe, nurturing child care in Richland County

Quality care for your children is our top priority.





Safety, Quality & Experience Matter

The Y is America’s largest nonprofit child care provider, serving over 500,000 children every day. In the Mansfield / Richland County area, we have 4 convenient locations. We know that when your child is well-cared for, it’s possible for you to work, study or just take the time you need to focus on yourself.

  • Are meals provided?
    Yes. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. We do not allow outside food unless there is a medical reason.
  • Does Child Care ever close? What about weather?
    Our sites close based on the YMCA closure schedule and two professional development days each year. and the ProCare app will alert you of all closures.
  • What does the Step Up To Quality star rating mean?
    Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) is a five-star quality rating and improvement system administered by the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. SUTQ recognizes and promotes learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed preschool licensing and school age child care licensing health and safety regulations. Step Up To Quality program standards are based on national research identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children.
  • Are the Child Care providers certified?
    Yes, all employees have a thorough background check, CPR, first aid, communicable disease training, child abuse training, and many more continuing education courses.
  • Is there a discount if we have two children in your program?
  • Is there a curriculum?
    Yes, our staff gets planning time similar to a school system. Each classroom has lesson plans each day to enhance social, emotional, and educational learning.


Infants: 6 weeks - 18 months  | 
Toddlers: 18 months - 36 months

Our infant and toddler care programs are designed to enrich the developmental skills of your young one. Our caregivers are highly skilled and trained to provide your child with a loving, responsive environment. As infants move from “tummy time” into the toddler stage, they’ll receive plenty of opportunities to explore their environments, learn problem-solving skills, how to interact with others and learn concepts through first-hand experiences.

Find infant and toddler care the following locations:

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Comprehensive Preschool: Ages 3-5 years

Our star-rated, Step Up To Quality preschool program is designed to prepare children for Kindergarten. Students will begin to follow classroom instruction, recognize common words and letter sounds, count by 10's and develop basic writing skills through our Active Learning curriculum. This is also where we introduce the students to our Spanish Enrichment program, which teaches colors, numbers and basic everyday words.

Find Preschool and Prekindergarten at the following locations:


Before & After School  | 
Summer Enrichment Program  |  Ages 5-12 years

The Y’s Before & After School program provides youth with a safe place to go before and after school. More importantly, its programming helps youth realize who they are and what they can achieve.The Kids Club program supports academic achievement, fosters health and wellness, and instills positive social-emotional skills through literacy and reading, nutrition, education, character development, and exercise. 


Y Kids Club is offered in five locations -- Carpenter Child Care for Mansfield students and Eastern, Central, and Western Elementary Schools for Lexington students, and Shelby Elementary Schools for Shelby students.

Kids Club is provided in the Mansfield, Lexington, and Shelby school districts.

☆ Open when your school has two-hour delays, snow days or canceled school breaks.

☆ Fun, engaging curriculum with homework assistance and required physical activity. 

☆ FREE YMCA membership for each kid enrolled and discounted family memberships. 

☆ Financial assistance available for families who qualify.



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