St. Paul Eastside YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center offers full-day care for infants, toddlers, as well as full-day preschool and pre-kindergarten programs. On-site amenities include an indoor kids’ gym, a playground and a swimming pool paired with water safety learning.
Every family deserves quality care to thrive. We offer competitive tuition rates and registration fees. Need-based scholarships are available. Contact us at (651) 793-7281 to schedule a visit and discuss weekly tuition rates.
Meet the Director
Shareece Gabriel (pronounced shu-reece gay-bree-ell)
Early Childhood Learning Center Program Director
Shareece is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in International/Community Development with a minor in Elementary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. She joined the YMCA in 2015, starting as the Assistant Director and becoming the Program Director in 2018.
Shareece currently lives in West St. Paul with her husband, Kyle, and their wheaten terrier, Chopper. She enjoys being outside with Chopper checking out all the great parks in the Twin Cities.
Her favorite moments at the St. Paul Eastside ECLC are collaborating with the teaching staff to provide quality care. Shareece is committed to providing a welcoming environment that is sensitive to the needs of the families in her early childhood programs.
Curriculum & Philosophy
We use the Creative Curriculum® to develop age-appropriate experiences that foster joyful learning. For each child, we address individual needs, build skills for success and incorporate STEM activities. Pairing our curriculum with the YMCA Healthy Kids Initiative, we also provide exposure to healthy eating, nutrition and physical activity for children and their families.
- Kids’ gym
- Swimming pool
Learning at St. Paul Eastside YMCA Day Care and Preschool programs encourages your child to explore and build on concepts and relationships that will help them become kindergarten ready.
- Kids’ Fitness
- Music and Movement
- Water Play and Safety
Providing a safe, secure and predictable environment is a top priority for every YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center. For more information about our policies go to:
Parent Referral Program
If you love your Early Childhood Learning experience, spread the word and get rewarded!
It’s easy to make a referral. Pass on the referred parent’s name, along with some basic information about the family to your program director.
- Complete the parent referral form and give it to your program director.
- After the new family has enrolled at any of our Early Childhood Learning Center locations and stayed for at least four weeks, you’ll receive a week’s free tuition for your oldest child.
- You can refer as many families as you’d like to earn more. Every time a child is enrolled as a result of your recommendation, you’ll get a week’s free tuition.