Child Care

Our Mission

The Santa Monica Family YMCA Child Development Center is dedicated to serving the needs of families by providing programs and services that enrich the quality of life for all participants.  We strive to offer a safe, nurturing, well-supervised, and educational environment that develops the spirit, mind and body of each person. In all we do, we are guided by the principles of love and respect for all, regardless of race, sex or religious preference.

Our Philosophy

The Santa Monica Family YMCA Child Development Center is structured on the belief that we are an extension of the family. We provide a supportive and nurturing environment, building a sense of community among the children, parents, and staff. The Y curriculum is emergent, based upon the belief that children need to be active participants in their own learning. Through this curriculum we foster a balance among the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual aspects of each child’s development.

Our staff facilitates, guides, and supports the children’s natural inclination to challenge themselves, explore, create, take risks, and play in an open-ended environment. Our staff has a responsibility to model a peaceful approach to coexistence. The Y’s supportive approach to childcare goes beyond the individual child to the parent, the family, and the community.

Center Days & Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Closures

The Santa Monica Family YMCA Childcare Center will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day & Friday After
  • Christmas week – December 26, 2022 to January 2, 2023
  • New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day


Infant Care

6 weeks to 18 months

$1,805 per month – 5 days a week

Toddler Care

18 – 35 months

$1,565 per month – 5 days a week

Preschool Care

3 – 5 years

$1,325 per month – 5 days a week

(Child must be fully potty trained)

$300 Registration Fee is a one-time fee that is not refundable.

$400 Deposit will be applied to the last month of childcare when a 30-day written notice is given to the center.

The Y accepts children for Full-Time Care, part-time care is not available.

Licensing requires all students must maintain current vaccinations to be enrolled in the center.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance funds may be available for families who qualify.  Funds are provided through donations from individuals and businesses within our community through the annual support campaign.  Our staff can also direct you to other sources of assistance.  If you are interested in Financial Assistance please speak with Maureen Morrison, Early Learning Center Director.

For More Information

Contact Maureen Morrison, Early Learning Center Director at (310)451-7387 or

Tours are by appointment only.  Walk-ins are not permitted.

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