Early Childhood Development Centers

We pay attention to the little things. We offer convenient hours and affordable pricing!

Infant & Toddler Ages: 6 weeks - 2 1/2 years (ages vary by location)  |  A Y Membership is NOT required
  • Licensed
  • Full/Part-time Child Care
  • Low Child-Teacher Ratios
  • Healthy Meals and Snacks
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Gym Activities
  • Family Engagement Activities
  • Outdoor Experiences
  • FREE Y youth membership for all children enrolled full-time
  • Financial Assistance available to those who qualify


We would love to care for your child, but we are currently on a waitlist. If you would like to be added to this list, please choose your location below and click on JOIN OUR WAITLIST. 

If you are new to the Y, you must create an account to join our waitlist. There is a $25 non-refundable fee per child to place your child’s name on this waitlist. You would then be notified when an opening becomes available.

Questions? Please call 616.855.9622.



We believe learning takes place as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people daily. Children’s play is an essential component of our curriculum, through their play and experiences, themes are developed that guide our daily activities and interactions.

At the Y, we utilize Creative Curriculum which has six core content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and technology. 

Our programs use the Creative Curriculum individual assessments and also child portfolios to assess your children’s developmental progress annually. The teaching staff and families discuss the results of the assessments and plan for continued growth throughout the year.


  • How children develop and learn
  • The learning environment in which children learn
  • What children learn
  • The role of the teacher
  • The role of the family



Please note, this is a sample of our typical schedule. Each classroom will have a personalized daily schedule to ensure children’s developmental needs are being met.

Start Time End Time Activity
Arrive at 8:00 am Arrival, child choice, morning snack
8:00 am 9:00 am Breakfast, table toys
9:00 am 10:00 am Small group, large group time
10:00 am 11:30 am Child choice, outside, gross motor
11:30 am 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm 2:30 pm Rest time, quiet activities
2:30 pm 3:30 pm Snack, table toys
3:30 pm 4:30 pm Small group, large group time
4:30 pm 5:30 pm Child choice, outside, gross motor
5:30 pm Closing Departure

We love kids! Our Early Childhood Development Centers partners with parents to grow healthy, happy children, ages six weeks to five years. At the Y, infants develop trust and security, toddlers learn to explore, and preschoolers learn the skills needed to be successful in school. We provide children with a safe and nurturing environment filled with opportunities to grow and explore the world around them with caring professionals. Our Centers provide a warm, caring and fun setting that stimulates their natural curiosity and encourages personal expression. 

The YMCA Early Childhood Development Centers are provided at several convenient, close-to-home locations throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Full and Part-time Careers:
· Before & After School Care Assistant Teacher
· Before & After School Care Lead Teacher 
· Site Coordinator
· Early Learning Assistant Teacher
· Early Learning Lead Teacher

· Higher Pay
· FREE YMCA Membership
· NEW! 50% OFF Child Care Discount*
· 44 Locations Throughout West Michigan
· Flexible Hours

* for full time staff in licensed childcare