Our full-day Child Learning Center is Bright From the Start licensed and accepts children as infants to three-years-old. Children enrolled in the three-year-old class have priority registration in the spring for the Y’s Georgia Pre-K program. We ensure that your child is cared for in a safe environment while under the watchful care of our trained staff team. All YMCA lead teachers are CDA certified and all staff are CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety certified. The Child Learning Center utilizes Creative Curriculum. Our teachers use portfolio based assessments to track each child’s progress based on the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards and hold parent meetings each semester to discuss specific goals and achievements for each child.
We offer full-time child care at the following YMCA locations: Effingham YMCA Ages three to pre-K 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Golden Isles YMCA Ages 1-3 years old 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m. Habersham YMCA Ages six weeks to pre-K 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. West Chatham YMCA Ages six weeks to pre-K 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
We know that access to safe, reliable child care is a priority for our community. The Y does not want cost to prohibit anyone from a safe, nurturing place for their child. Financial assistance is available, please download an income-based assistance application. Assistance applications should be submitted to the branch you are participating in full time childcare at. All applications are reviewed individually at the branch.