Early Learning Center

Program Purpose & Description

The YMCA Early Learning Center is a private not-for-profit faith based childcare center that provides affordable high quality child care for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age.

The Early Learning Center is licensed by the State of Illinois for up to 44 children and managed by a community Board of Directors, some of whom are consumers of the services provided. The Early Learning Center is affiliated with the United Way of Knox County and receives financial support from that organization. It is housed in the same location that the Knox County Day Nursery used to operate, which has provided childcare services in the Galesburg area since 1915.

Early Learning Center Mission

The Knox County YMCA Early Learning Center aligns with the Knox County YMCA mission statement to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The ELC does this by providing a developmentally appropriate learning environment for the children and the families it serves.

Hours of Operation

The Knox County YMCA Early Learning Center is open 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of major holidays. Please allow enough time to arrive at the center to get your child ready to leave and signed out before 6:00pm closing time. Children who are picked up after the regular closing time of 6:00pm will be charged a late fee of $5.00 per each five minute interval and is to be paid upon arrival at the center. 

Full-time and part-time care is available. Part-time must be on a regular basis and a minimum of four half days or three full days per week. Infant care is full time only. 

Preschool Room is now enrolling! Click here for more info!

Please contact Jennifer Locke, Early Learning Center Coordinator at 309-342-4315 or jlocke@knoxymca.org with any questions.


Our Success Stories

For the past five years, the Solutions Program has been a valuable asset to our community. The program is offered to students of Lombard, Churchill and Galesburg High School at absolutely no cost to them. The Solutions Program is a great resource to help students improve performance in four key areas: GPAs, office referrals, tardiness and absences. Using a three-tiered approach to mentorship, the Solutions staff meets students where they live, go to school and play. We frequently make home visits, maintain a strong presence at their school, and cheer them on at extracurricular activities and events. The Solutions Program is run by Senior Solutions Director Joey Range and Solutions Director Quincy Morrison.