Nurturing Early Explorers


We lay the groundwork for learning through interaction and exploration. Our classroom experiences help establish body awareness and control, coordination, and communication skills in an empowering environment.





Areas of Focus


  • Communication and Language: Building ability to utilize receptive and expressive language, awareness of phonetic sounds, and literacy.
  • Social Emotional Learning: focusing on foundational components: self-awareness and management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
  • Cognitive Development: Exploring problem solving skills, imagery and memory development.
  • Health and Physical Development: Practicing healthy habits, learning nutrition, and developing gross and fine motor skills.





View Example Toddler Schedule

Arrival, Drop-Off and Sign In

As you drop off and sign in, your child can jump into the day socializing with friends and staff.



Prepare mind and body for another day of learning by eating a good breakfast.


Morning Circle

Share experiences from time away, greet classmates, and discuss the day's learning theme.


Active Learning/small group

Each activity encourages and motivates children to attempt new things, which improves their adaptability, stability, and coordination.


Social and Emotional

Learn how to incorporate social and cooperative play. These activities foster awareness of emotions and teach how to relate to themselves and others.



Children are served a healthy lunch and engage in conversation at the table with one another while eating nutritious foods and learning table etiquette.


Enrichment Activities

Kids participate in art, mathematics, literacy and sensory, and small group activities that foster their growing minds.


Rest Time

Kids rest their minds and relax their bodies after a full morning of learning.


Large Motor/Outdoor Exploration

Kids are able to refine their gross motor functioning through activities that encourage balance, coordination, and bodily control.


Snack Time/Free Play

Children can select from enjoying a healthy snack or play before departing for the day.



Transition form the childcare classroom environment to pick up with family and the journey home.

Before and After School Girl on Swing


Forms and Fees


Ready to register your child for our high-quality care programs? We've got you covered! Visit our Fees and Forms page, where you'll find everything, you need to start. From immunization forms to documentation for specialized care, we've made the registration process as smooth as possible.



Smiling with Flower in Hair at YMCA Child Care




The YMCA understands that quality childcare can be expensive and sometimes seem inaccessible to families who genuinely need it. Scholarships are available for families that qualify for financial support.



Mother and Child Playing During Open Swim at the YMCA


Connect to a Greater Y


When you select childcare at the Y, anticipate a level of care that extends beyond your child's needs. We provide comprehensive resources, including financial aid, discounts, and much more, catering to the entire family. Explore Y's many offerings in store for your family, extending far beyond childcare!



Pierce County Office

9715 Lakewood Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Office Hours | Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Phone | 253-534-7840

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Kitsap County Office

3330 Kitsap Way Ste A,
Bremerton WA 98312
Office Hours | Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Phone | 360-813-1813

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