The Y offers quality full-day early learning opportunities and child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.

Infants develop trust and security, while preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world. If you're looking for half-day preschool options, there are Ys that offer that too!


Find a YMCA Early Childhood Center Near You:

Tri-City YMCA ECE - Granite City, IL                      Bayer YMCA ECE - North St. Louis, MO

Edward Jones ECE - Maryland Heights, MO         Minier ECE - Brentwood, MO

🧩 State Licensed and Accredited Missouri Centers

🎨 Tuition Savings for Family Members

🎓 Promotes Independence and Kindergarten Readiness

👩‍👧‍👦 Extensive Gateway Region Y and Y-USA Staff Training


We provide a high quality, safe, convenient, recreational and educational environment for children regardless of ability. Our philosophy includes:

  • Providing quality care for children, regardless of socio/economic background
  • Supporting and strengthening the family unit
  • Helping children develop their fullest potential
  • Deliver the program in a positive YMCA environment of safety, support and care.

We achieve these goals with the understanding that each child is a unique, special individual who will receive attention appropriate to his or her developmental needs.

Our YMCA welcomes participation by children of all abilities. All children diagnosed with a disability will be referred to the Inclusion Services Department. The YMCA provides a recreational environment for children and teens with and without disabilities through added support staff, when needed to facilitate successful participation in the programs when appropriate. For more information, call the Inclusion Services Department at (314) 678-0162.

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Through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, we can ensure that everyone is always welcome at the Y, no matter his or her financial situation. Financial Assistance toward program fees is available for those with a demonstrated financial need. Applications are available at the ECEC office. 

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Understanding how children develop and learn is vital to a quality early childhood program. Our program is designed to consider the general patterns of growth as well as to recognize and accept individual difference among children.

Project Construct

Inspires hands-on, minds-on learning to attain deep understandings in the core content areas, while working collaboratively with adults and peers in vibrant learning communities.

Reebok BOKS

A physical activity program that improves our children physically, mentally and socially through movement.

Ignite by Hatch 

A digital learning platform for ages 4-5 offering play-based, research-backed curricular experiences that engage, instruct, and assess children in 7 domains of development. 


Healthy Eating Physical Activity

Families receive updates sent via email or smartphone using the HiMama app. HiMama is used by our educators to record activities and updates throughout the day. Everything from naps to snacks, it will provide you with a complete history of your child's experience in our program with photos stored safely and securely in a journal format.

"I cannot say enough positive things about the Y, the teachers and the staff. We are so happy with our decision to send our child to the Y and its been the greatest experience for both us and our child."

- Early Childhood Education Parent