Lancaster Rec provides child care programs that are state licensed by the PA Department of Human Services and measured by Keystone STARS, a state-supported and funded quality improvement program. We nurture positive social and emotional success by planning activities and educational programs that meet age-appropriate goals in a high-quality, safe environment.

Lancaster Rec employs a child-based curriculum that is aligned to the state academic standards and utilizes planned activity centers as the method to achieve hands-on learning. Through observation and discussion of the children’s interests and abilities, the staff plans activities and lessons to support each child’s development and learning. Lancaster Rec partners with the School District of Lancaster, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and other government-funded organizations to build an environment of success for your child at our facilities.

Locations and Availability

  • Full-Day Infant and Toddler Care

    Location: Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School

    Ages: Infants (6 weeks+), toddlers to age 3

    Dates: Monday – Friday, Year round

    Times: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Registration Information

    The Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School utilizes a play-based curriculum that emphasizes social, cognitive and physical development through age-appropriate activities. This curriculum also incorporates the State’s Early Learning Standards. The newly-remodeled, 5,000-square-foot center at McCaskey High School provides a safe, nurturing and happy place for children of teens attending the high school, so that they can stay in school and graduate. The center is also open to children of School District staff and the community at-large.

    The child care center provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Parents must provide enough bottles/cups for each feeding per day. Parents are also asked to bring a supply of diapers for their child.

    The child care center has its own separate entrance, outdoor playground area, five child care rooms, office, laundry room, family room, and observation room. The center has space for teen parents to complete homework, prepare for interviews, cook meals, or spend quality time with their children in a comfortable environment.

    We work closely with the McCaskey Early Childhood Education Program students who observe and volunteer in the child care rooms. First-year students mainly observe; second-year students take on actual child care provider duties with the guidance and mentoring of our staff. At graduation the students receive either Assistant Group Supervisor or Child Development Associate credentials, making them workforce ready.


  • Full-Day Preschool Care

    Locations: Lancaster Recreation Center | Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School

    Ages: 3-5 years (if toilet trained)

    Dates: Monday – Friday, Year round

    Times: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m

    Registration Information

    The Lancaster Recreation Center and the Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School Full-Day Preschool Care programs utilize a play-based curriculum that emphasizes social, cognitive and physical development through age-appropriate activities. This curriculum also incorporates the State’s Early Learning Standards. Each day children participate in learning centers that include music, art, cooking, science, math, language and small group activities. Children are provided a nutritious breakfast, lunch and a light afternoon snack and beverage each day.


  • Pre-K Counts

    Locations: Lancaster Recreation Center | Wickersham Elementary

    Ages: 3 – 4 years (if toilet trained)

    Dates: Monday – Friday, Following SDoL school-year calendar

    Times: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Lancaster Recreation Center
    8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Wickersham Elementary

    Pre-K Counts is a free state-sponsored program that is offered by Lancaster Rec in partnership with the School District of Lancaster. Pre-K Counts enrollment is based on a child’s needs and the family’s income. Children are provided a breakfast and lunch.

    Click here for the Pre-K Counts application.

    For program details, to determine eligibility, and to enroll, contact Mary at MBlankenmeyer@lancasterrec.org


  • United Way Pre-K

    Location: Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School

    Ages: 3 – 4 years (if toilet trained)

    Dates: Monday – Friday, Following SDoL school-year calendar

    Times: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Registration Information

    A Pre-K classroom for 3- and 4-year-old children and their families living in the Washington Elementary School attendance zone is offered free by Lancaster Rec in partnership with the School District of Lancaster and the United Way. Lancaster Rec is part of the United Way’s Learning Lancaster Collaborative. Our Pre-K classroom uses the School District literacy curriculum; a literacy coach provides support to our staff. Students are picked up at Washington Elementary School and transported by bus to McCaskey, and then brought back again at the end of the day. Bus transportation is provided by the School District of Lancaster. Children are provided breakfast and lunch. Children and families access health, dental and vision care, behavioral health services and financial stability workshops at Washington Elementary. For program details, to determine eligibility, and to enroll, contact Mary at MBlankenmeyer@lancasterrec.org


Preschool Wrap-Around Care

Preschool Wrap-Around Care is available only at the Lancaster Recreation Center and Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey. Breakfast is provided during Before School Care and snack is provided during After School Care.

Lancaster Rec Pre-K Counts | United Way Pre-K at Lancaster Rec Chid Care Center at McCaskey

Wrap-Around Care is available before and after the scheduled hours of these programs. Children will stay at the location where they attend Pre-K.

K3 & K4 at Price and Martin Elementary

Wrap-Around Care is available at the Lancaster Recreation Center location. The SDoL provides bus transportation to and from Martin Elementary. Lancaster Rec staff escort children to and from Price and the bus to and from Martin.

Pre-K Counts at Wickersham

Wrap-Around Care is available before and after the scheduled Pre-K Counts hours at the Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey for an additional fee. Lancaster Rec staff will walk children to and from Wickersham and McCaskey.

K3 & K4 at Elementary Schools excluding Price and Martin Elementary

Lancaster Recreation Center or the Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey is available for Wrap-Around Care, but parents must provide their own transportation and come into the center to sign the child in and out.

All-Day Camp

Location: Lancaster Rec Center

Ages: 3 – 5 years (if toilet trained)

Dates: See below

Times: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All-Day Camp is held on teacher in-service days, Act 48 days, conference days, and during school recesses and vacations except Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Memorial Day. Sign up for All-Day Camp is limited, and children must be signed up in advance. Snow days may affect the schedule of All-Day Camp. Children will receive breakfast, lunch and a snack.

All-Day Camp Dates

Registration

Registration for Child Care programs is only accepted in person at the Lancaster Recreation Commission office, except for registration for the Lancaster Rec Child Care Center at McCaskey High School which is also accepted at the site. No phone registrations are accepted. An annual non-refundable registration fee of $50 (plus $10 for each additional child from the same family) is due at the time of registration and at the beginning of every new school year.

A complete registration consists of the following. Children are not permitted to attend Child Care programs until all items have been turned in.

  • Completed and signed Child Care Agreement
  • Completed and signed Attendance Contract
  • Completed and signed Health Assessment Form (Physical) and Immunization (Shot) Records
    • Physicals and Shot Records less than one year old are required for older toddlers ages 2 to 3 years, Preschool children ages 3 and 4, Grade K-5 and Grade 5 and up
  • Copies of any Custody/PFA Court Documents, if applicable
  • Copies of child’s IEP or IFSP, if applicable
  • Completed and signed Child and Adult Food Care Program Enrollment Form, for children ages 5 and under
Child Care Agreement Haga clic aquí para la versión en español. Attendance Contract Haga clic aquí para la versión en español. Physical/Health Assessment Form Calendar & Fees Infant Meal Enrollment Form (under 1 year old) Meal Enrollment Form (over 1 year old)

Resources and Contact

Questions? Contact Marisol Rosario at 717-392-2115 x 138

For questions during the hours of All-Day Camp, call 717-989-0261.

This handbook outlines our philosophy, policies and procedures. Please read this handbook carefully prior to bringing your child for child care.

Child Care Family Handbook Haga clic aquí para la versión en español.

If you would like automatic withdrawal of child care fees from your checking, savings or credit card accounts, please complete this form.

EFT Form Haga clic aquí para la versión en español.