(310) 393-2721
1332 6th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401


Our Mission

The Santa Monica Family YMCA Early Learning 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 Early Learning 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.


Infant Care

6 weeks to 18 months

$1,855 per month – 5 days a week

Toddler Care

18 – 35 months

$1,615 per month – 5 days a week

Preschool Care

3 – 5 years

$1,365 per month – 5 days a week

(Child must be fully potty trained)

$450 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 Connections for Children.  If you are interested in Financial Assistance, please speak and apply online at www.connectionsforchildren.org.

For More Information

Contact Maureen Morrison, Early Learning Center Director at (310)451-7387 ext 127 or elc@ymcasm.org

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

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