Somerville YMCA

Early Education Center

teacher with baby and toddler holding soccer ball


Children may grow up too fast, but our Early Education Center at Somerville YMCA is committed to keeping up, because we understand that during these early years, home and school are a child’s two most important worlds. At the Y, we provide a fun, safe and structured hands-on learning experience—your children can discover their full learning potential in a home away from home.

For more information about our program, please contact our Director of Child Care


Infant & Toddler Care (Ages 6 weeks to 18 months)

We care for infants and toddlers as young 6 weeks up to 2.5 years old in a shared classroom space. Learning to function as individuals and in a group, the children experience a wide range of activities such as sensory play, painting, stories and more. Child engage in self-initialed activity daily, balancing large and small motor skills with social language, sensory and self-help skill development.

Preschool 1 (Ages 2.5 years to 4 years)

With a high focus on self-awareness and learning to engage with peers socially, children build the foundations needed to learn. Through play and interactive learning, children in preschool explore early math, reading, and writing concepts. Weekly swim lesson included for children at least 3 years old and potty-trained.

Preschool 2 (Ages 4 years to 5 years)

Preschool 2 prepares children for their next major milestone, Kindergarten! Through themes and studies, children become secure with math and literacy concepts such as numbers and letter identification, writing, and pre-reading skills. Children develop a sense of responsibility as they learn to care for the space and others around them and communicate their needs clearly. Weekly swim lesson included for potty-trained children.

Little Sprouts (Ages 2.5 years to 5 years)

Grouped within our Preschool I and Preschool 2 classrooms, these half day programs are the perfect option for families not needing full day care. The morning hours cover your typical preschool experiences, including circle time, small and large group activities, and gross motor play. Little Sprouts runs from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or stay through lunch for Little Sprouts Extended – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.