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The YMCA Early Learning Community child care programs work to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities by developing the mind, body, and spirit through the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. 






Early Learning Community - Chippewa Falls 

630 Miller Street, Chippewa Falls WI, 54729 | 715.723.5135

6:00 AM-6:00 PM | 4 weeks to 5 years

The YMCA Early Learning Community is designed to offer well-supervised, safe, quality, and positive care for your children during times you cannot be there yourself.  Our program is set up to accommodate both working and non-working parents and offer children an opportunity to grow and develop in an enriching, multi-choice, encouraging and pressure-free environment.  Our programs are designed to promote creativity and build self-esteem while developing each child’s full potential. We hope your child’s enrollment with us will mark the beginning of a wonderful experience in your child’s early years.  Our programs provide a place for children to become independent and to feel loved.  We hope to provide a supplement to your child’s family life by encouraging growth in spirit, mind, and body. Available 6:30 AM-5:30 PM.



  • The children are exposed to a variety of activities, projects, and role modeling that reinforce positive values. The YMCA focuses on character development that emphasizes the YMCA core values of Caring, Respect, Responsibility, and Honesty.

  • Young children need years of play with real objects and events before they are ready to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers or before they are ready to handle situations completely independently. 

  • Learning takes place as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people.  Our curriculum focuses on the process of learning rather than the product.

  • Our programs include activities that will enhance social, cognitive, language, and physical development.  Activities are planned to encourage children to explore, experiment, discover, learn, create, and increase self-understanding, as they acquire and develop these skills.

Curriculum/Program Activities

YMCA program activities/lesson plans will provide each Infant,
Toddler, Preschool, 4K Cardinals, and School-Age child with experiences
to encourage several areas of development, including large/small
motor, creative, social, intellectual, and cognitive opportunities.

  • Self-Esteem and Positive Self-Image Development

  • Social Interaction

  • Self-Expression and Communication

  • Intellectual Growth

  • Creative Expression

  • Large/Small Muscle Development

Early Learning Community

Current Openings:

  • All classroom have waitlists


The YMCA Early Learning Community partners with the Chippewa Falls School District for the Chippewa Falls 4K Cardinals program, to better prepare students for kindergarten. The program focuses on school readiness.

Our 4K classes continue to build social and emotional skills along with academic skills, using the same curriculum and standards as the Chippewa Falls School District, which include the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS), Pyramid Model, and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports). 

Each class has the following centers and activities to provide children with age-appropriate toys and activities perfect for optimal growth and development.

4K Cardinal's runs in accordance to the Chippewa Falls Unified School District calendar. This program meets Monday-Thursday and the YMCA offers both a morning and afternoon session.


Families with children enrolled in 4K Cardinals through the YMCA receive a FREE YMCA Family Membership for the duration of the school year they are enrolled! 

2024-2025 Families - Registration begins on February 5, 2024! Click the button below to get the process started.

​Developmental Focuses:

  • Dramatic play

  • Block and construction play

  • Literacy and writing activities

  • Art experiences

  • Sand and water and other sensory play

  • Outdoor large motor activities

  • Science and nature/outdoor

  • Music and movement experiences

  • Math experiences

  • Small manipulative and games

  • Social studies experiences

4k Program

Which class time will work best for your child?

If your child is done with napping, we would recommend they participate in the afternoon 4K session.

Wrap Around Care

Wrap-Around Child Care

In addition to the traditional 4K program, wrap-around child care is also available upon request. Wrap-around space is limited, please contact us at (715) 723-5135 for availability.

YMCA child care offers more than quality, first-rate care for your child, it also includes these great benefits:

  • Swimming Lessons

  • Preschool Curriculum

  • Nutritious daily breakfast, lunch & snacks

  • Outdoor Playgrounds

  • Consistent Professional Staff

  • Gym Activities & Preschool Physical Education

  • YMCA Family Membership

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