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.
Our YMCA welcomes participation by children of all abilities. All children diagnosed with a disability will be referred to the Inclusion Services Department. The YMCA provides a recreational environment for children and teens with and without disabilities through added support staff, when needed to facilitate successful participation in the programs when appropriate. For more information, call the Inclusion Services Department at (314) 678-0162.
Through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, we can ensure that everyone is always welcome at the Y, no matter his or her financial situation. Financial Assistance toward program fees is available for those with a demonstrated financial need. Applications are available at the ECEC office.