Kids Place

YWCA Kids Place: On a Mission to Inspire Lifelong Learning Through our High-Quality Afterschool Program

YWCA Columbus has more than 30 years of experience providing this affordable, dependable, high-quality afterschool program — Kids Place! Our programs are conveniently located in your child’s elementary school to promote consistency and ease of transition from school to after school. We currently serve students in the Gahanna and Westerville school districts and are expanding our reach as well.

All of our programs are Step Up to Quality star-rated. We use a comprehensive curriculum that includes choice-based learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), social-emotional development, and physical fitness. Additionally — in alignment with the mission of YWCA Columbus — our programs promote social action and advocacy by participating in community service projects in the community.

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

And, we are HIRING NOW for many positions. If you love to help with activities for children centered around art, science, technology, and math, as well as physical activity and outdoor play — this job is for you! Learn more and apply here.

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 a high-quality afterschool program, 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

271 families in crisis
obtained emergency shelter

40 women and girls graduated
from leadership programs

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

For Prospective Parents

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Staff That Care

Christina Walls

Managing Director of Education


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Laura Miller

District Program Administrator - Westerville

614-224-9121 (ext. 1271)

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Tameka Donaldson

District Program Administrator - Gahanna

614-224-9121 (ext. 1211)

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Justin Morrow

District Program Administrator – USN

614-224-9121 (ext. 1256)

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Mandi Buchwald

District Program Coordinator - Westerville

614-224-9121 (ext. 1239)

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Kristy Hylton

District Program Coordinator - Gahanna

614-224-9121 (ext. 1259)

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Loren Beckett

Education Administrative Assistant

614-224-9121 (ext. 1204)

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The expansion of YWCA Columbus youth development programs and scholarship opportunities are made possible thanks to generous support from community partners.