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:
Preschool: Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 2:30pm
Extended Care: Monday-Friday 8:30-9:30am and 2:30-3:30pm
2, 3, and 5-day options
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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

Infant

6 weeks to 16 months
Full-day program
Full-week and part-week options
1:4

Toddler

16 to 33 months
Full-day program
Full-week and part-week options
1:7

Preschool

33 months to 4 years
Full-day program
Full-week and part-week options
1:10

Pre-Kindergarten

4 to 5 years
Full-day program
​​​​​​​Full-week and part-week options
1:10

Meet the Directors

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.

Katherine Jury

Katherine Jury

Preschool Program Director

(651) 259-6167

Katherine is a graduate of Minnesota State University–Mankato in Elementary Education. She joined the Y in 2006 and lead the Eagan YMCA Preschool program from 2012¬¬–2018. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, at sporting events and trying new restaurants with friends and family.

Katherine’s favorite thing about her day is hearing the students say, “Good morning!” and watching the teachers and children interact with each other. She is dedicated to the YMCA ECLC children and an advocate for early childhood education.

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

Policies

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:

Full-day Care or Part-Day Preschool, what is the difference?

At the Rochester Early Childhood Learning Center families can choose between Full-day Care and education or a Part-day Preschool. Both programs prepare kids for school success and utilizes the same research based curriculum. Graduating preschoolers from both programs meet or exceed school district standards. 

Find the program that works best for your schedule. Full-day care provides the greatest flexibility for early drop off or a late pick up. Part-day Preschool can be extended by adding our Extended Day program. 

To enroll in Full-day care and education contact the program director to schedule a visit. To register for Part-day Preschool, download registration packet forms below.

Registration Information for Part-day Preschool

Forms & Paperwork

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.