2364 Valleyhigh Drive NW
Rochester, MN 55901
United States

Full-day Child Care Hours:
Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Part-day Preschool Hours:
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Rochester YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center offers full-day care and education for infants, toddlers, preschool, and pre-kindergarten with full and part-week options for toddlers and preschool. On-site amenities include bright, colorful classrooms, interactive whiteboards, a library, outdoor garden, separate playgrounds for toddlers and preschoolers and more.

Pricing information

Every family deserves quality care to thrive. We offer competitive tuition rates and registration fees. Need-based scholarships are available. Contact us at (507) 200-4024 to schedule a visit and discuss weekly tuition rates.

Ages & adult-to-child ratios


6 weeks to 16 months
Full-day program
Full-week and part-week options


16 to 33 months
Full-day program
Full-week and part-week options


33 months to 4 years
Full-day program
Full-week and part-week options


4 to 5 years
Full-day program
​​​​​​​Full-week and part-week options

Meet the Director

Kayla Edwards

Early Childhood Learning Center Program Director

(507) 205-4294

Kayla joined the YMCA in 2013 shortly after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Exercise Science. She has held various roles with the YMCA and in various states during this time, most recently as Member Service Director with the Rochester Area Family YMCA.

Kayla has always had a passion for young people, thoroughly enjoying watching them learn and succeed. One of her favorite things about the Rochester ECLC is seeing the joy on children’s face when they go into the classroom, there is so much love and excitement for their teachers and other friends in the classroom it shows you how deep the connections are that are being built.

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. 

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On-site amenities

  • Library
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Outdoor garden
  • Playfield
  • Multi-purpose room for large and small motor activities
  • Separate playgrounds for toddlers and preschoolers

Enrichment programs

Learning at Rochester YMCA Day Care and Preschool programs lets your child explore their individuality and build on foundational and social-emotional skills in preparation for kindergarten.

  • Kids’ Fitness
  • Language–Spanish and American Sign
  • Music and Movement
  • Farm to YMCA with gardening and cooking activities


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.

Request a tour

Discuss weekly tuition rates, meet our staff and see our facility in person with a guided tour from our Program Director. Request a tour and we’ll reach out to you shortly to find a time to visit.