For those times when you can’t be there yourself, the Y provides a safe, nurturing environment where your child will learn, grow and thrive.

Our Early Childhood Centers are licensed by the State of Missouri or Illinois and all child care staff members receive extensive training through the national YMCA as well through the Gateway Region YMCA.

The Gateway Region YMCA has five full-day locations throughout the area. And if you are looking for half-day preschool options, we have those too. 

The Y is an advocate for children and our voice is heard on the national, state and local level. The Gateway Region YMCA is involved with the National School-Age Child Care Alliance, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Missouri School-Age Child Care Community, the St. Louis Youth Provider Network, Child Day Care Association, St. Louis Partnership and United Way.