Early Learning Centers

Let your child learn, grow and thrive at the YMCA. Our Early Learning Centers provide quality, licensed care for infants – preschool children. Our curriculum incorporates math, science, dramatic play, music, art and computers to provide opportunities for group and independent learning experiences. All sites are accredited by NAEYC or working toward this prestigious distinction.

Program Details

Hours of Operation:
6:30am – 6:00pm

Ages Served:
Infants: 6 weeks – 18 months
Toddlers: 18 – 36 months
Preschool: 3 – 5 years
School Age: Kindergarten – 12 years

Infant/toddler care is SO much more than basic care. Teachers strive to attain balance and harmony with children’s home schedule. Teachers lesson plans include gross and fine motor skills, social/emotional development, and give them sensory and cognitive experiences. The classrooms experience independent, whole group, and small group activities, go outside daily, and develop a bond with their head and assistant teacher as well as with support staff that will interact with them. We provide formula, food, and baby wipes, asking families to provide only diapers or pull-ups and a change of clothing for your child. Children in these classrooms have the ratio of 1:4 for infants and 1:5 for toddlers. Please check out our curriculum page to learn more about what goes on in their classroom!

The classrooms have a daily schedule that allows for activities independently, as well as whole and small group activities. The children play outside daily and experience field trips and guest speakers. Children in the preschool classrooms have a ratio of 1:7 for three year olds and 1:10 for four year olds. Please check out our curriculum tab to learn more about what happens in our preschool classrooms!

Kindergarten/School Age
After school children will have snack time, time to work on homework with educators, time for large motor play, as well as small group and independent play times. Children in these classrooms have a ‘school out day’ option available. Just sign up in advance to reserve a space for school vacation days and summer care.

Additional Benefits

  • Transportation to/from swimming lessons at the Fercho Y (contact a director for details)
  • Vacation Bible School option at YMCA Early Learning Center at Calvary
  • High Quality Early Childhood Education
  • All children enrolled receive member rates on Y programs, services, and events

Daily Schedule
6:30am: Choice Time & Breakfast 2:30pm: Snack
8:45am: Power Up*  3:00pm: Energize***
9:00am: Plug In** 3:30pm: Power Up*
10:30am: Energize*** 3:45pm: Plug In**
11:15am: Lunch 5:00pm: Choice Time
12:00pm: Rest 6:00pm: Centers Close

*An interactive large group experience to engage the brain and focus on language and literacy activities from our Get Set for School Curriculum
**Children will focus their energy on reading and writing from our Get Set for School Curriculum. They will also express their creativity through open-ended creative art. Children are also free to explore in a variety of learning centers such as dramatic play, creative art, sand and water, discovery, library, blocks, toys and games, music and movement.
***Children will experience large motor activities to exercise and move their bodies. During outdoor activities, they will focus on participation, recreational skills and cooperative play.

Program Features
  • Qualified teachers and assistant teachers trained in education, CPR & First Aid
  • Open year round, 6:30am to 6:00pm
  • Swimming lessons and other YMCA programs available (Fercho YMCA)
  • Transportation to the Fercho YMCA for Swim Lessons
  • Field trips to parks and special events
  • Special one-on-one attention, as well as age appropriate group learning activities
  • Emphasis on developing each child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual selves
  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • A schedule of activities throughout the day that balances quiet/active and cognitive/gross motor skills
  • All children enrolled receive member rates on Y programs, services, and events
  • Cognitive games (letter, shape recognition, number), singing, fingerplays, group games, stories and more
  • Transportation to and from most area schools

Enrollment Information

When your child enrolls in a YMCA child care program, you will receive an enrollment packet to fill out. Along with the paperwork, you will need to provide a copy of your child’s immunization record, copy of your child’s birth certificate, and medical insurance information. Please contact an Early Learning Director to obtain an enrollment packet. To get started, email us at enroll@ymcacassclay.org.

Financial Assistance
The YMCA provides scholarships to families who are in need. Visit our Financial Assistance page for more information on how to apply.

Sites & Contact Information

Early Learning Center Fercho Branch
Toddler, Early Childhood & Kindergarten Care
KinderKamp PreSchool
400 1st Ave S, Fargo
Cortney Whaley, Site Director
701.364.4128 | cortney.whaley@ymcacassclay.org

Early Learning Center Schlossman Branch
Early Childhood Care
Kindergarten Readiness Program
4243 19th Ave S, Fargo
Stephanie Grow, Site Director
701.356.1444 | stephanie.grow@ymcacassclay.org

Early Learning Center South
Infant, Toddler and Early Childhood & School Age Care
4225 38th St S, Fargo
Dana Sell, Site Director
701.551.5181 | dana.sell@ymcacassclay.org

Early Learning Center at Calvary
Infant, Toddler, Early Childhood & School Age Care
Katie Peterson, Site Director
4575 45th St S, Fargo
701.281.4960 | katie.peterson@ymcacassclay.org

Early Learning Center West Fargo
Infant, Toddler, Early Childhood, Kindergarten & School Age Care 
Kindergarten Readiness Program
(Transportation from Osgood, Lodoen, and South)
1042 14th Ave E, West Fargo
Ann Mueller, Site Director
701.356.0341 | ann.mueller@ymcacassclay.org

For more information on Early Learning, please contact Tania Erickson at 281.359.2331 or erickson@ymcacassclay.org