The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Early Childhood Education Centers provide a safe, nurturing environment where your child will learn, grow and thrive.  Our programs are designed to encourage children to develop a love of learning.  We offer high-quality care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. 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 at the most critical time of a child’s development, which is from 0 to 5 years old.

  • Northside YMCA ECE CenterNorthwest ECE Center and Sonlight ECE Center offer part-time and full-time programming year-round for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. All three centers are licensed by the State of Wisconsin.  Northside and Northwest have received a 5-star rating, the highest possible from YoungStar (WI’s quality rating system) and both centers are also nationally accredited programs through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC).  Hours of operation for all three centers are 6:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Early Head Start for children ages 6 weeks to 2.5 years old is offered at the Northside YMCA ECE Center and the Northwest YMCA ECE Center. Children must have a child care subsidy and meet eligibility requirements for enrollment. The Early Head Start Partnership Program for infants and toddlers is made possible through a partnership with Next Door and through a federal Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grant.


The YMCA’s Early Education Centers are licensed by the State of Wisconsin and have received a 5-Star rating from YoungStar – the highest rating available. Both Centers are also National Accreditation Commission (NAC) Accredited and use some of the highest quality curriculum, assessments, screenings and instruction.   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.


The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has two Early Childhood Centers, the Northside YMCA Early Childhood Education Center and the Northwest Early Childhood Education Center, so quality care is never far from home.


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).  Northwest, Northside, and K3 at Sherman Park 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.



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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.