Child Care & Early Learning

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, afterschool, learning centers and child watch 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.

Our Child Care staff are all trained in the “Darkness to Light” program. For more information, click HERE.


The YMCA’s Child Care & Early Learning programs provide each child a warm and supportive environment in which to grow. We meet the needs of each child with experiences that foster development and a sense of self esteem. Y programs strive to develop the total child, with particular emphasis on educational, physical, emotional and social skills necessary for success. Our Early Learning Readiness (ELR) program provides a stimulating environment to help children (2 – 5 years) develop the physical, verbal, and social skills which they’ll need to be school-ready.


Olean Center
1050 Wayne Street
Olean, NY 14760

Bradford Center
55 Boylston Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Early Learning Center:  GO TO HOME PAGE


Ages 6 weeks – 6 years
The above centrally located and licensed child care centers provide an educational curriculum and year-round child care programs. They are closed for eight national holidays. Our Nursery and Preschool curricula includes Kindergarten readiness skills, arts and crafts, outdoor play, physical movement and more. Lunch and snacks are provided.


  • YMCA Family Members receive a 10% discount for their first child and a 5% discount for each additional child.
  • FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE. Call 716-701-1381 or fill out and print form HERE.
  • Contact the Child Care Centers for current rates and enrollment information. Those not currently members of the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA will pay full rates for the first child and receive a 20% discount for each additional child.


The YMCA is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable care for children. In the US, the YMCA is the nation’s largest provider of child care programs, providing family-centered, values-based programs to nurture children’s healthy development. Well-trained staff provide safe, affordable, high-quality care so you can have peace of mind while you work. Staff members are partners with parents and other caregivers, working together to help kids grow up healthy, happy and strong.With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y afterschool programs serve kindergartners through middle schoolers with a variety of progammatic and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents. READ MORE.


With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Child Watch is free and a benefit for YMCA family and single-parent family members. Ages and hours of availability for Child Watch vary between locations. READ MORE.

Contact your local Y for more programming and times.