Kids Place

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In light of Governor DeWines’s recent announcements that allow child care, gyms, pools and summer camps to reopen in the near future, YWCA Columbus is ready to provide an outstanding and safe summer camp experience to our Kids Place families. Our summer camp programs begin June 15 at McVay Elementary and Mifflin Presbyterian Church, and spaces are still available for students from all school districts!

Additionally, we would like to share the  Responsible RestartOhio guidelines from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the YWCA Kids Place protocols we have developed to ensure the safety of your child(ren).  We recognize that these are uncertain times and hope to answer some of your questions.  We appreciate your patience as we navigate the steps to re-opening and look forward to working with your family soon!


The YWCA Kids Place Family

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YWCA Kids Place has more than 30 years of experience providing affordable, dependable, and high-quality year-round child care for families in the Gahanna and Westerville school districts. Our programs are conveniently located in your child’s elementary school to promote consistency and continuity for your child’s transition from school to Kids Place.

All of our programs are Step Up to Quality star-rated, using a comprehensive curriculum that includes choice-based learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), social-emotional development, and physical fitness. Additionally, in lock-step with the mission of YWCA Columbus, social action and advocacy are promoted by participating in community service projects that benefit non-profit programs in the community.


Our Program Focus

Choice Based Learning

Kids Place programs are planned with choice-based, student-led activities. Studies show that when students have some control over their learning they make more positive choices in the classroom due to increased confidence levels.


STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, is an all-encompassing curriculum structure that allows Kids Place programming to support students academically.

Social-Emotional Learning

We encourage individual growth and empowerment through social emotional learning. Students learn to manage their emotions, set goals, express empathy, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Physical Fitness

Every day students engage in 30 plus minutes of physical activity. Whether playing gym games, exploring different sports, or having time to run and laugh with friends, they are given the time and space to have active fun to explore just being kids.


Highly Trained Staff

Our staff are highly trained to ODJFS safety and development standards, engage in regular professional development to ensure Step Up to Quality standards, and ten hours of additional professional development. Proudly, our directors and administration has over 185 years combined experience.

Your Child’s Safety is Our Priority

YWCA Kids Place takes the safety of the children we serve very seriously. We have worked with the Gahanna and Westerville school districts to ensure doors are locked during program times. We work with local police and fire departments to provide guidance in safety measures and training for staff, including emergency drills for students. YWCA Kids Place programs are licensed by and subject to inspections through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Additionally, prior to employment with YWCA Columbus, all Kids Place employees complete a background check, physical, drug screen, and education verification.




Thank you for your support.

When you enroll your child in YWCA Columbus Kids Place Programs, you are not only receiving high-quality child care, but you are also making a difference in the lives of homeless women and families in your community. This year, because of you:

37,000 meals were served
to homeless families

506 families in crisis
obtained emergency shelter

17 women and girls graduated
from leadership programs


Staff That Care

Mandi Buchwald

Program Administrator - Gahanna


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Laura Miller

Program Administrator - Westerville


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Rebecca Hartle

Curriculum Specialist


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The staff is great with my children. They have time to complete homework, play and do crafts. They hardly want to leave when we pick them up. We always have good communication about any issues one of the girls may be having.
YWCA Kids Place Parent
This program has been a life saver. As a working mom, it is so nice to know my child has a safe fun place to be until I can come get her from school. The staff is so kind and helpful.
YWCA Kids Place Parent

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