The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Early Childhood Education Centers provide a safe, nurturing environment for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Our programs are designed to encourage children to develop a love of learning.  Through the use of guided self-discovery and experiential learning, teachers focus on providing children with enriching experiences to facilitate social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth and development.


The YMCA’s Early Education Centers are all licensed by the State of Wisconsin. Both Northside YMCA Early Childhood Education Center and Northwest Early Childhood Education Center are the recipients of a 5-Star rating from YoungStar – the highest rating available and are also National Accreditation Commission (NAC) Accredited. All of our centers use some of the highest quality curriculum, assessments, screenings and instruction available. Our children build skills, knowledge and abilities through hands-on experiences.  In partnership with parents, we set individualized goals and monitor multiple domains of development throughout the year.


Quality care is never far from home, with the four following YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Early Childhood Education Program locations:

Northside YMCA ECE Center
1350 W. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-374-9450

Northwest ECE Center
9050 N. Swan Rd.
Milwaukee, WI
Phone: 414-357-1920

Sonlight YMCA ECE Center
11011 N. Oriole Lane
Mequon, WI
Phone: 262-242-4771

YMCA Nature Preschool
875 Amy Belle Rd.
Hubertus, WI
Phone: 414-357-1905


The YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and ECE programs are state-licensed, tax-deductible child care.  To support the entire family, children enrolled weekly for 5 full days qualify for a Free YMCA Family Membership (for the duration of enrollment and for accounts in good standing).  All of YMCA Early Childhood Education Programs also accept state/counting child care assistance (WI Shares); families are responsible for remaining balances due. Financial assistance may also be available to those who qualify.



To access medical forms, release agreements and snow emergency procedures for all of our locations, please click on the link below.


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Keondra, ECE Parent
As a parent the hardest thing to do is send your child to a daycare and leave your child with a complete stranger. At the Northwest Early Childhood Education Center, they made me feel good about entrusting them with my children, and they built great relationships with my kids. My kids cry to go to daycare because they love their teachers so much. The entire staff is amazing. I truly appreciate them all.