About Early Learning


Your child's early years are exciting learning, exploration, and growth time for learning exploration, and growth. YMCA Early Learning Centers provide programs for kids to succeed during their formative years. We help young children build courage and confidence while exploring subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and math—all while having fun!





We provide a strong foundation for children's long-term academic success, one child at a time. The key is to understand each child’s individual development journey. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We strive to empower parents and our community through education, resources, and support. And the best way to support young learners is by empowering parents to create a rich learning environment at home where children can see themselves as learners and boost their natural curiosity and interests. We focus on your child's success through a variety of strategies, including one-on-one attention, inquiry-driven learning, play-based curriculum, family involvement, and more!


Child To Teacher Ratio

1:4 Infants

1:7 Toddlers

1:10 Preschool

image of the interior of an ELC

Explore Our
Early Learning Centers

We offer locations in Puyallup and University Place. Our centers provide books, toys, and activities to help our children learn and grow in a safe environment—equipped with technology that empowers kids to play and learn. If you are interested in taking a tour of our centers, please email childcare@ymcapkc.org for more information.


Exterior of Puyallup ELC

Puyallup ELC

The Puyallup Early Learning Center (ELC) focuses on care for ages 3 to 5. At the Puyallup center, children must be potty trained before the start of the program. This ELC prepares children for kindergarten through projects, lessons, and collaborative assignments that challenge kids to expand their knowledge and curiosity.


Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday from 6:30AM - 5:30PM

Exterior of University Place ELC

University Place ELC

The University Place Early Learning Center (UP ELC) serves 6 weeks to 5 years old (up to 6 years if they miss the cut-off for kindergarten). Children ages 3 to 5 years old are required to be fully potty trained. UP ELC offers expanded programs that include preschool, infant care, and childcare.


Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday from 6:30AM - 5:30PM



ELC staff playing with two children

Early Achievers

We proudly participate in Early Achievers, run by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. By participating in Early Achievers, early learning professionals are committed to improving quality equitable care so you can feel confident about your childcare choice.








Finding the right place for your child is important. Please contact us to learn more about Y's Early Learning program and schedule a tour. 


Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

9715 Lakewood Dr. SW,

Lakewood, WA 98499