St. Charles, Mo. (October 7, 2013)—One of the Y’s commitments is to develop the potential of our community’s youth and it’s doing just that through its St. Charles childcare center. This month marks the one-year anniversary of its newest childcare site, the YMCA Elm Point Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC).
The Y’s ECEC welcomes children from six weeks to six years old and currently has 117 children enrolled. During the past year, the Y has added a third infant room and gardens in some of the age-specific playgrounds. The center recently received a license to expand the number of children it serves to 148. The ECEC currently has spaces available for three, four and five-year olds.
“Over the past year, we’ve enjoyed seeing our families watch their children grow and thrive in our program,” said Julie Aiken, director of the YMCA Elm Point ECEC. “We’re excited about our recent updates and are looking to welcome even more families.”
The ECEC is the result of merging the St. Charles County Family YMCA Early Childhood Education Center and the Elm Point Early Childhood Education Center, a process that happened last October. The center also is home to a Y-Club site for Orchard Farms students. Y Club provides before and after-school care for children ages five to 12.
As the largest provider of child care in the state of Missouri, the Y provides a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and develop social skills for life. Through Project Construct Curriculum, the Y believes that children learn through play and structured educational activities based around our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.
The ECEC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The facility is located at 3601 Mueller Road and is visible from Highway 370.
For more information about how to enroll children at the Y Elm Point ECEC, contact Julie Aitken, at 636-916-4041, or visit www.ymcastlouis.org/stcharles.
About the YMCA of Greater St. Louis
The YMCA of
Greater St. Louis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth development, healthy
living and social responsibility. Featuring 17 traditional Y branches and two
Campus Y student leadership facilities on the Missouri side of the St. Louis
Metro Area, our Y also includes YMCA Camp Lakewood and Trout Lodge in Potosi,
Missouri. The Carondelet Park Rec Complex and O’Fallon Park Rec Complex are
owned by the City of
St. Louis and operated by the Y. Our Y is a proud member of the United Way. For more information, please visit www.ymcastlouis.org or call