Early Education Programs
Our early education programs inspire kids and families to be the best they can be in mind, body, and spirit.
Y Early Education programs are enriching and positive places that nurture children to explore, discover, and learn so they are school ready.
The Y believes that each child should be recognized as an individual, and treated with respect and inclusivity in regards to gender, ability, culture, ethnicity, and religion. Our commitment to cherishing each child's unique life pivots on understanding them from their favorite activities to home life. We offer developmentally and age-appropriate activities that ensure your child gets the most out of their Y early education experience.
Ages 6 weeks to 12 months
Ages 12 to 30 months
Ages 30 months to 4 years
Ages 4 to 5 years
Thank you so much for all that you provided to our son! He's excited about Kindergarten and feels prepared because of his experiences at the Early Education Center. You were also very helpful for working through how to accommodate his special needs, and this gave me confidence to have him with his peers, which has benefited his growth and development so much. - Y Early Education Family
All Y Early Education programs voluntarily participate in the Washington State Early Achievers Program. Early Achievers is building a state-wide system of high quality early learning by bringing families, early learning professionals, and resources together to support each child’s learning and development.
Every child and family in Washington has access to an anti-racist welcoming early learning setting that provides high-quality, responsive services so that they may thrive.
Early Achievers is a framework for improving the quality of early care in Washington to ensure that:
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) teaches children how to make healthy food choices and to enjoy physical activity, contributing to their social and physical development. At the Y, we have adopted these standards into our child care programs:
Y staff will model healthy eating and active living.
Ensure that children engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity for half-day programs and 60 minutes for full-day programs, including a mix of moderate and vigorous physical activities that promote bone and muscle strengthening. Play will take place daily outdoors whenever possible.
Eliminate screen time for children under two years of age. For children over two, screen time is limited to less than 30 minutes per day for children in half-day programs and less than one hour per day for those in full-day programs.
Serve fruits or vegetables at every meal and snack. Children serve themselves (family-style). No partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat), fried, or pre-fried foods. Serve whole grains when grains are served. Serve foods free of sugar as one of the first three ingredients or less than eight grams of added sugar.
Offer water at the table during every meal and accessible at all times. Serve only water and plain, low-fat (one percent) or non-fat milk.
Engage parents and caregivers using informational materials and activities focused on healthy eating and physical activity a minimum of once per quarter
Bring the Y's education and enrichment activities home! Try intentional moments to calm the soul, STEAM projects to keep minds moving and learning, and family games to share laughs and smiles.
The YMCA has been the leader in Summer Camp for over 130 years. Over this time, we’ve fine-tuned our programs to meet youth and their families wherever they are in their journey with the outdoors.
With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors, your membership will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but also in your community.