Early Learning & Education

Helping Youth Reach Their Fullest Potential! 

As one of Chicagoland’s largest social enterprises, the YMCA of Metro Chicago offers licensed early learning programs, early childhood enrichment programs, before and after school programs, and more! We give youth of all ages a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow, learn, and thrive! By supporting the growth and development of youth, the Y is working to bring about lasting, meaningful change to our communities.
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Early Learning (Ages 0-5)

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School Age (Kindergarten to Age 12)

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  • I would like to fully endorse keeping the YMCA as an option for before/after school care in our community. It is a well-known, well-respected non-profit that has supported this community for years. The YMCA was there for the community when COVID hit and kids had to complete remote learning; the Y supported and guided those students through their work and helped give those parents a sense of security through uncertain times.
    - Leah R.
  • As a first-time parent, I was skeptical about having my son in daycare but the staff made it such an easy transition from being home with mom to being in a learning environment. Teachers and staff at the Rauner Family Y have created a safe environment where my son can learn and show his personality. I honestly could have not asked for a better daycare for my son. Thank you, YMCA for being a part of our family and being the community we need to help our little hands grow and be the future we need.
    - S. Dominguez
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