Early Care: Infants, Toddlers and Preschool

A place to stay, a place to grow! The YMCA provides enriching experiences that help to facilitate a child’s cognitive, social, physical and emotional growth.

Learning at the YMCA is fueled by FUN and powered by excellent teachers! Our program offers early childhood education for infants through preschool and experienced staff ensure a welcome, loving and educational environment. We are committed to providing exciting learning opportunities that nurture cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative development.

The goal of early childhood development programs is for children to be well prepared to enter school. Our programs are licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Child Care Licensing. Contact a YMCA Children’s Academy location closest to you for more information.

The Service Industry Recovery (SIR) program is designed to provide care for children of parents who are employed in the service industry and have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. You may qualify for a complimentary year of child care! View more information here on qualifications and how to apply.

Infant Care: 6 weeks to 17 months:

Interacting, learning and growing! YMCA infant and toddler care programs feature a daily curriculum designed to meet the growth and developmental needs of each individual child. The Creative Curriculum has research-based objectives that focus on developmentally appropriate practices and how to offer nurturing daily routines and meaningful experiences for each child. At the Y, our staff will take great care of your infants and support you with daily updates to ensure that you are part of their experience.

Financial assistance is available through the YMCA and other subsidies.

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Toddler Care: 18 months to 35 months:

Toddlers are busy and learning at a very fast pace. Our comprehensive Creative Curriculum focuses on responsive care and the routines and experiences that are essential for this age group. Self-help skills, including toilet training, are highly individual and complex. YMCA staff will work closely with parents through this experience.

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Preschool: 36 months to 5 years:

The Creative Curriculum for preschool is a comprehensive, research-based approach that teaches children to be creative, confident thinkers through hands-on experiences. The ten content areas are social-emotional, language, physical, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, the arts and English language acquisition.

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“When my now 2 1/2-year-old son started in the Y’s program, both my husband and I were filled with “first timer” anxiety. Will he make friends? Will the teachers accept him, show compassion, set limits and nurture him? All of our worries were put to rest within the first few weeks of the school year. ALL of his teachers have made a positive impact on my son and whenever we pick him up, he is always engaged and smiling. I find myself taking solace and advice from his teachers on a daily basis as this is our first daycare experience and we always seem to have endless inquiries. The staff as a whole is wonderful. As you walk inside the classrooms and through the hallways you are guaranteed a sneak peek into the creativity of the students and the supportive scaffolding of the teachers. My son is always proud to present and explain the hands-on projects and vivid photographs which grace the walls.”