Early Learning and Care

Kids get active outdoors at YMCA Child Care

Every day, children in licensed child care spend two hours a day exploring their natural surroundings.

Our skillful YMCA Early Childhood Educators seek opportunities to enhance learning outdoors by planning science, math and creative arts activities that relate to the natural elements — all while staying hydrated and safe in the sun.

Summer Outdoor Play YMCA Child Care

With the great outdoors as a background, children are encouraged to push their boundaries, burn off excess energy and improve their social, creative thinking and problem solving skills.

Unique play-based curriculum taught by caring and dedicated experts

The YMCA has over 40 years’ experience in providing children with the support they need to make a seamless transition to full-day Kindergarten. Our highly trained Registered Early Childhood Educators partner with parents to support each child’s development and provide families with the security of knowing their child is in a safe and nurturing environment during these formative years.

Playing to Learn™

The YMCA Playing to Learn™ curriculum prepares children for primary school education by using play as a learning medium. Our teachers provide children with opportunities to discover and explore through programs that support and encourage social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

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We currently operate:

  • 95 licensed full-day Early Learning locations (ages 0 - 3.8 years)
  • Part-time program options in select locations
  • Programs for infants and toddlers in select locations
  • Standard hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Early Learning Locations

Choose from programs that provide a solid foundation for learning

  • Ratio is 1:3 with a maximum group size of 10
  • Infant’s individual schedule is followed (input from family required)
  • Infant sleep times, eating, diapering is documented
  • Parent/educator conferences provided two times a year
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Program includes: indoor and outdoor exploring, songs and stories, discovering creative and sensory materials, imitation play, and lots of time for cuddles
  • Ratio is 1:5 with a maximum group size of 15
  • Toddlers follow a flexible group schedule
  • Sleep times, eating, diapering is documented
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Parent/educator conferences provided two times a year
  • Program includes: exploring indoors and outdoors, music and movement, discovering creative and sensory material, puzzles, stories, blocks, dramatic play and learning to play with others
  • Ratio is 1:8 with a maximum group size of 24
  • Preschool children follow a flexible group schedule
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Parent/educator conferences provided two times a year
  • Program includes: exploring indoors and outdoors, creating with the arts (visual, dramatic and music), discovering science, engaging in mathematics and literacy activities, developing social skills, gross and fine motor skills and problem solving
  • Ratio is 1:8 with a maximum group size of 24
  • 2 ½ hours, either morning or afternoon (hours vary by location)
  • Enroll for 2, 3 or 5 times per week
  • Program offered September to June
  • Preschool children follow a flexible group schedule
  • Staff share learning and experiences through Continuum of Development booklet
  • Program includes:exploring indoors and outdoors, creating with the arts (visual, dramatic and music), discovering science, engaging in mathematics and literacy activities, developing social skills, gross and fine motor skills and problem solving