Early Childhood Education (ECE)

At the YMCA we’re not just a daycare, at the Y, your child will experience a nurturing environment where engaging teachers build upon children’s strengths to develop self-confidence and build social/emotional skills. The YMCA of Snohomish County provides quality, licensed child care in two locations for children 5 years of age and under:

Heatherwood ECE                         Everett Family YMCA ECE
(for age 0-5)                                  (for age 2-5)
13528 North Creek Drive               2720 Rockefeller Avenue
Mill Creek, WA 98012                     Everett, WA 98201
425 379 9400                                425 258 9211  
Map to Heatherwood                     Map to Everett

The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and interact with children, are all designed to accomplish our overall goal of developing the whole child and fostering school readiness.

At each early childhood center, you will find:

  • Convenient hours of operation.
    Monday-Friday, 6:30 am-6:30 pm
  • DSHS subsidy accepted.
    Contact DSHS to see if you qualify for the Working Connections Child Care subsidy.
  • YMCA Financial Assistance.
    We believe every child deserves access to high-quality care. If you don't qualify for WCCC, you may still qualify for Financial Assistance provided by the Y's Invest in Youth fund.
  • Highly qualified staff.
    In addition to meeting the State of Washington's licensing requirements, the Y's ECE staff must maintain a rigorous on-going continuing education schedule, every year.

Move beyond typical child daycare with the YMCA. Compare other child care facilities, and you'll see why the YMCA is Snohomish County's largest child care provider. In our curriculum, academics and play are combined to help motivate and inspire kids to learn.

How to Enroll

  1. Call your child care site to confirm availability.
  2. Fillout online and submit or download and complete the registration packet AND any optional forms you may need.
  3. Bring the completed forms to the Y running your care site, along with a $50 registration fee.
  4. Allow 2 days for your application to be processed; allow 2 weeks if applying for DSHS or YMCA financial assistance.