550 Opperman Drive
Eagan, MN 55123
Eagan YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center offers full-day care and education for infants, toddlers, preschool and pre-kindergarten as well as a part-day preschool and pre-kindergarten options. On-site amenities include a private child care gym, swimming pool, library, outdoor garden, playfield and more.
Every family deserves quality care to thrive. We offer competitive tuition rates and registration fees. Need-based scholarships are available. Contact us at (651) 259-6167 to schedule a visit and discuss tuition rates.
Meet the directors
Early Childhood Learning Center Program Director
Trina is a graduate of the University of Minnesota in Educational Psychology, Social Work and Youth Studies. She joined the Y in 1995 and currently lives in Apple Valley with her husband Kyle and three sons, Shea, Blaise and Trevor. When she is not at the YMCA, Trina spends her free time camping, traveling and volunteering for her boys’ hockey, lacrosse, baseball and band activities.
Trina’s favorite thing about Eagan ECLC is watching children gain independence. She is proud knowing that parents are happy and that their children are safe and enjoy their day.
Preschool Program Director
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.
- Outdoor garden
- Private child care gym
- Separate playgrounds for toddlers and preschoolers
- Swimming pool
Learning at Eagan YMCA Day Care and Preschool programs provides many opportunities to express individuality, develop social skills and expand critical-thinking abilities for kindergarten.
- Kids’ Fitness
- Language–Spanish and American Sign
- Music and Movement
- Water Play and Safety
- Swimming Lessons (additional fee)
- 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:
Full-day Care or Part-Day Preschool, what is the difference?
At the Eagan 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.