Early Learning | Child Care

Early Learning | Child Care Early Learning | Child Care


Y Early Learning Center

The Y’s child care is staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical, and social development of kids, the support parents and families need, and the importance of maintaining a safe, clean environment for children to learn and thrive. At the Y, infants and toddlers develop trust and security. 

Following state and local safety guidelines, The Siouxland Y offers quality full-day and partial-day early learning opportunities and child care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments.

6 weeks – 3 years 

Monday - Friday | 7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Infants | 6 Weeks to Mobile

Learning to Explore Their World

Teachers strive to attain balance and harmony with your infant’s home schedule. This means that we work with families to establish the right eating and sleeping routines for your child.
Infants learn through active, hands-on play. Grabbing plastic rings, rolling on a soft blanket, making a toy squeak - what fun!  Our infant classrooms are split between non-mobile and mobile infants (young toddlers) with the safety and development of each child in mind and allow crawlers to move around freely in a safe space and reach and explore objects - a key to early development and learning.

Infant classrooms maintain a ratio of 1 adult:4 infant.

Toddler | Mobile - 3 Years

Gaining Independence & Confidence

In the YMCA Early Learning Center, toddlers watch and absorb knowledge and skills from everything and everyone around them. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves.

Our toddler programs are centered around each child’s daily schedule. Children in these programs will continue to develop their gross and fine motor skills. Daily activities include cooperative playtime, art, outside excursions, naps and an abundance of hugs from the staff. Toddlers will also hear many stories and songs that foster their language development.

You and your child’s lead teacher meet annually to discuss your child’s development and the milestones observed and documented in your child’s developmental portfolio.

For more information contact:

Amber Pedersen, Early Learning Director 



Early Learning and School Age Program Policy Handbook

Behavior Policy

  • Formula – Baby Food when ready
  • 4 bottles with lids to keep at the Center
  • Pacifier if needed
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Cream or Diaper Powder
  • 3 - 5 Extra changes of clothes
  • Sleep sac for rest time – Infants will not be able to have blanket for rest time
  • 1 picture of family and 1 picture of the student
  • Bottle of unscented hand sanitizer
  • 1 box of facial tissues

  • Food for lunch – each day
  • 2 Sippy cups to keep at the center
  • Diapers/Pull-ups
  • Wipes
  • Diaper Cream or Diaper Powder
  • 3-5 Extra changes of clothes
  • Blankets for rest time
  • 1 picture of the family and 1 picture of the student
  • Bottle of unscented hand sanitizer
  • 1 box of facial tissues
  • 1” binder with clear overlay front cover for your child’s developmental portfolio.