Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA Child Care

From early education to teen development, the Y offers programs for children to learn, grown and thrive.

Infant & Toddler Programs 6 weeks to 2.9 years

Infants enjoy a wholesome environment where they begin to discover the world around them. With low child-to-staff ratios, the staff creates individualized schedules to meet each child’s needs, and parents receive daily communication, ensuring everyone stays on the same page when it comes to their care. Toddlers, with guidance throughout the day, navigate social situations, investigate cause and effect relationships and build on essential early language and motor skills. Daily routines give children the opportunity to develop a sense of security, confidence, and willingness to engage with their peers.

Preschool Program 2.9 – 5 years

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children can learn to communicate, cooperate and care about each other. Our low staff-to-child ratios give your preschooler one-on-one interaction with teachers. When your child takes part in our Preschool or Kindergarten Readiness program, they will have a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning.  Programs include creative curriculum, STEAM, literacy and arts, sensory play, swimming, gymnastics and sports, gross motor skills space, nutritious snacks, and more.

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After School Programs

A fun, educational program that helps elementary school children, starting in Kindergarten, develop self-confidence, friendships, positive values, and academic achievement, while building a sense of community. We offer care during school vacations, snow days, and half days. Each child registered for the school-age program also receives a FREE YMCA Youth Membership. Licensed by the State of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care.

  • Daily planned S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
  • Social-emotional / team-building activities
  • Daily homework time
  • Physical activity time
  • FREE youth membership
  • Coverage on early release days, vacation weeks, holidays, and snow days
  • Enrichments such as Yoga, Zumba, Art, Sports
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Locations, Leadership, Flexible Pricing & More!


Early Education, 40 Leggs Hill Rd, Marblehead

Brown Elementary School, Marblehead

Glover Elementary School, Marblehead

Village Elementary School, Marblehead

Clarke Elementary School, Swampscott

Hadley Elementary School, Swampscott

Stanley Elementary School, Swampscott

Infant, Toddler, Preschool Director

Sarah Martinez has 13 years of experience in early childhood education. She has a Bachelors Degree, is Director II certified by the Department of Early Education and Care and is certified as a CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. Sarah is a proven leader in her ability to support and guide teachers as well as make meaningful connections with families.

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After School Director

Kathleen Alexandrou has been part of Children’s Island Summer Camp as well as the Y after-school program as a camper, participant and leader. A Marblehead native, Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. Her leadership is underscored by her genuine passion for ensuring a nurturing, fun learning environment for all children within our Y childcare programs.

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Flexible Pricing

One of the challenges for our communities today is the rapidly increasing cost of living. We understand and believe that every family & individual deserves the opportunity to enjoy their local YMCA. This is why we continue to offer our own flexible income-based pricing.

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Along with open communication between the director, teachers and families including newsletters, emails and face to face conversations, our early education program uses the Kaymbu app to ensure consistent communications with families.  In Kaymbu, we share pictures, your child’s discoveries as well as developmental updates.

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