16331 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044
United States

Full-day Child Care Hours:
Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Part-day Preschool Hours:
Not available
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Lakeville 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, preschool and pre-kindergarten. On-site amenities include a library, outdoor garden, playfield, 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 (651) 728-5344 to schedule a visit and discuss weekly tuition rates.

Ages & adult-to-child ratios

Infant

6 weeks to 16 months
Full-day program
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 Director

Alana Kniefel

Alana Kniefel (pronounced uh-lay-nuh  kuh-knee-full)

Early Childhood Learning Center Program Director

(651) 683-4717

Alana is a graduate of Minnesota State University–Mankato in Elementary Education. She joined the Y in 2003, most recently as the Family Engagement Program Director at the Eagan Y. She currently lives in Elko with her husband, Ryan, their son, Carson, and yellow lab, Max. She enjoys experiencing new restaurants and spending time with family.

Alana’s favorite thing about Lakeville ECLC is seeing happy faces coming through the front door every morning. She loves hearing the daily stories being shared between family members.

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 Lakeville YMCA Day Care and Preschool programs gives your child multiple opportunities to interact with children and staff that strengthens their confidence and social interactions for kindergarten. 

  • Kids’ Fitness
  • Language–Spanish and American Sign
  • Music and Movement
  • Water Play and Safety
  • 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:

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.