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YMCA to extend child care to New Hope-Solebury families

Beginning Aug. 23, YMCA of Bucks County will officially extend child care services to families in the New Hope-Solebury School District and surrounding communities.

The Y had purchased The Clubhouse for Kids Only Inc., a longstanding, well-known preschool serving children ages 18 months to 5 years of age and providing extended day programs for K to 7th graders in the area.

In a recent, joint announcement, Trish Feinthel, chief operating officer of YMCA of Bucks County and Darcy Van Orden, owner and founder of The Clubhouse for Kids Only, communicated the details of the transition in ownership of the child care center to staff and parents.

With the change in ownership, the Y is working with both Van Orden and school district leadership to seamlessly make the transition of the extended day program offered at both the Upper and Lower Elementary Schools.

The Clubhouse has a strong reputation for providing high quality child care services for over 30 years.

“Being ready to retire, I wanted to sell The Clubhouse to an individual or organization that would continue our high standards and care for the families and staff as I do,” said Van Orden. “I’m thrilled that the Y will be continuing with a mission that matches that of The Clubhouse.”

The Clubhouse is known for itsunique approach to preschool programming that includes cooking and nutrition, music and art and a mindful approach to modeling kindness and positive behaviors. Both the child care center and the extended day programs operated in the schools are licensed under the Department of Human Services.

The Y will operate both programs with staff remaining in their current roles. Additionally, students enrolled in these programs will receive a free youth membership to the Y.

“The program and community that Darcy has built is really impressive,” said Feinthel. “We are so excited to begin serving youth and families in the New Hope-Solebury area and to begin working with such a caring team of teachers and staff.”

YMCA of Bucks County currently operates five Youth Education Centers across Bucks County, each with their own unique personality based on the community where they are located. Centers are currently located in Fairless Hills, Morrisville, New Britain, Newtown, and Quakertown. The Y also provides before and after school care to families in the Bristol, Pennsbury, Morrisville, Neshaminy, and Quakertown school districts.

Registration for immediate openings and fall programs is available. To register or to schedule a tour, contact Karen Kleger, director, at or 215-862-0222.