Young Children’s Center for the Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit, licensed childcare facility and creative arts preschool program that has served the needs of more than 1,000 people in our Philadelphia community since 1987. YCCA is a nonsectarian preschool and daycare center, housed on the property of historic Old Swedes Church at Water & Christian streets and 1714 South 2nd street.  Our diverse population represents children from every neighborhood throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.

We are now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year!  If you are interested in applying, please fill out the attached application and send it in to the address listed on the application with the application fee (not the deposit).



2016-2017 School Calendar at a glance (* indicates the days we are closed)

Last Day of School- June 23rd

Summer Camp 2017– July 5th- August 25th

The Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of children from infancy through kindergarten through the participation in the creative and fine arts.  We accomplish this by providing a structured creative arts curriculum within an enhanced daycare environment.  Children’s motor, language, emotional and cognitive skills are developed through music, art and movement.  Each time ideas are presented through a different art form, learning becomes reinforced, and children’s expressive abilities are enhanced.  Young Children’s Center for the Arts is one of the few preschool programs in our area that not only accepts, but embraces, children with pervasive developmental disabilities in an inclusion program. YCCA offers both full-time and part-time preschool programs.

929 South Water Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147  l (215) 336-3324 l


1714 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 l (267) 928 4808 l


YCCA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

YCCA’S 2017 Auction 

Starting on May 15, 2017, Young Children’s Center for the Arts, Inc. will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization – and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we’re asking for your help.

Give a little and get a lot in return.
Whether you have 1 item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. By donating an item or service directly online, you’ll be helping to raise money for our organization, and you’ll receive a mention on our site that can link back to your own web page.

Web: https://www.biddingforgood.com/yccaauction
Mobile: https://bforg.com/yccaauction

Rainbow Graduation Ticket Information 2017

All Rainbows and families are invited to join us at 5:30 for our annual Rainbow graduation!  This is an event you do not want to miss!

At 6:00 doors open for our fun packed carnival!  We will have face painting, spin art, a wonderful DJ, and amazing food!

Each Rainbow is given free tickets, for parents and siblings. If your family would like more seats, tickets can easily be purchased on our auction website.



Parent’s Page

Interested in enrolling your child at the Young Children’s Center for the Arts located at 929 South Water Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 on the site of Old Swedes Church in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia, PA. Or 1714 South 2nd Street? Download and complete the forms below to enroll.

YCCA now has a second location!  Our new location is located on 2nd and Watkins Street in Pennsport. YCCAon2 has the same amazing programs as our Old Swedes location, just in a brand new building!

YCCA and YCCAon2 are both currently full for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you are interested in the afternoon program, there are still a few spots available.

Afternoon Application

We would be happy to talk to you if you have any question about YCCA preschool. Please feel free to call us at (215)336-3324 or email us at ycca.enrollment@icloud.com.