At the YMCA, we use Creative Curriculum® in our toddler programs, an award-winning, research-validated curriculum to guide this increasingly independent age group. They spend their day exploring materials in the block area, science center, or art station. Children go outside daily for gross motor play. In addition, toddlers hear plenty of stories and songs that foster their language development. You and your child’s Lead Teacher meet together at least twice a year to discuss your child’s development and the milestones they’ve mastered.

Your child shares each meal with their peers, where they learn to serve themselves, use manners, and make healthy food choices. All meals exceed USDA requirements, as we follow the Healthy Eating Standards put forth by the YMCA of the USA. These standards include a fruit or vegetable at every meal, water or milk as their beverage of choice, 60 minutes of physical activity per day and a limit of 15 minutes of screen time per day. Screen time is limited to educational viewing only.

Early Head Start Program
Together, Mayville State University Child Development Program and the YMCA provides Early Head Start services to eligible families at two of our locations! Early Head Start is a low income-based program that provides families with quality child care. If families are eligible, they receive child care at no cost at our West Fargo and South Learning Center locations. Early Head Start is for children ages six weeks through two years old.

Program Details

Download 2018 Child Care Brochure

Hours of Operation:
6:30am – 6:00pm

Ages Served:
Toddlers: 18 – 36 months

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

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 |

Early Learning Center Schlossman Branch
Early Childhood Care
Kindergarten Readiness Program
4243 19th Ave S, Fargo
Stephanie Grow, Site Director
701.356.1444 |

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

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

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 |

YMCA Early Childhood Development Center
Preschool and Early Childhood for 4-year-olds
330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo
Michelle Finneman, Early Childhood Development Center Director
701.499.3041 |

For more information on Early Learning, please contact Tania Erickson at 281.359.2331 or