Director’s Message


It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of York Day Nursery. This role provides me the opportunity to lead a dynamic early learning center at a time when there is tremendous demand for high quality early childhood education for all.

York Day Nursery, York County’s first and longest operating child care center, is one of Pennsylvania’s premier early learning centers. The Nursery, a longtime partner agency of the United Way of York County, has achieved the highest national and state recognition including:

  • Consistent accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Designation as a 4 STAR center, the highest performance level under PA’s Keystone Stars Quality Initiative
  • Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program Provider since 2007

The facility, located in downtown York, serves approximately 100 children, from six weeks old through age five. A low child-to-teacher ratio is maintained with 30 direct care educators. Over 70% of YDN students come from low-income, working families, a risk factor for school failure.

Our mission is to deliver the highest quality of early care and education possible. We provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment which is vital for the healthy development of each student. The environment and child-driven curriculum are designed to develop the total child— emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. We believe in the power of Great Beginnings for Bright Futures!

Brian Grimm
Executive Director


York Day Nursery, Inc.
450 East Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17403

Telephone: 717-854-1300
Fax: 717-843-1955

Executive Director: Brian Grimm


YDN is committed to providing a high quality safe, secure, and nurturing environment that is vital for the healthy development of every young child. The needs and interests of each child are the basis for classroom learning experiences, whether a child is six weeks old or four years of age.

YDN strongly believes that each child is unique and possesses unlimited potential. Thus we strive to create wonderful learning environments that encourage children “to be all they can be.” Through play in multi-cultural classrooms with well-trained educators, children explore their world at their own pace, discover how to cooperate and problem solve, try out new ideas, develop language, math and motor skills, build confidence to attempt new and different activities. This stimulating environment is designed to develop the total child—emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually.

YDN is also committed to building a strong family and center partnership in order to provide the highest quality of care and early education for all our young children. Families are encouraged to become involved at the YDN on many different levels.