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Brainerd Family YMCA Breaks Ground on Child Care Center!


We are excited to be breaking ground on a new Child Care Center at 703 Oak Street in Brainerd to provide critically needed, licensed care for up to 66 children. This new center will provide peace of mind to working parents and a safe, nurturing environment for our community’s youngest members. 

Research has shown that Pre-K programs have a significant impact on a child’s success in school, as well as their social, emotional, and communication skills. These early learning experiences can set up a child for a lifetime of success. The Brainerd Family YMCA is committed to creating 24 infant spots and 42 toddler spots, addressing the shortage in our community, while keeping our programs affordable and accessible to all. We will also create employment opportunities for teachers, aides and specialists, supporting families and the economy today – and into the future.

The new Child Care Center is the first step in a long-term vision to invest in the children, families and adults in our community. The Brainerd Family YMCA has a rich history of listening to and responding to community needs. As the largest provider of multi-age programming in the area, we feel a strong responsibility to continue our history of service and responsiveness. We have a vision for multiple capital improvements that will help us evolve for the next generations. We are currently engaging in numerous conversations with community and philanthropic leaders to make this vision a reality.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


When will the Child Care Center open?

If the construction schedule and licensing go as planned, we hope to open the center by early Spring, 2024. 

What ages will be served?

Infant through preschool.

What are the child to teacher ratios?

1:4 infant, 1:7 toddlers, and 1:10 for preschoolers. There are also developmental benchmarks which children meet prior to moving up to the next classroom. Children are assessed two times each year.

Is the center licensed?

Yes, the center will hold an MNDHS license and is also a 3 Star Parent Aware rated site.

What are the center hours?

7:00 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

How do I register my child for care?

Complete the required paperwork, which can be found at this link: down to the section called "Enrollment Forms." Then, schedule an appointment for a tour and to complete the registration process.

Do I need to be a YMCA member for my child to attend?

No, however there is a price differential for YMCA members. Also, based on their financial situation, families may be eligible for scholarships.

Can I drop my child off while I work out?

No, this is a licensed program only for youth enrolled; however, the YMCA does offer this service for members with children up to 7 years old (limited to 2 hours per day) in their Kids Corner program.



Building Brighter Futures

The Brainerd Family YMCA is developing plans for multiple future projects. Additional information will be available as the projects start to take shape.


Project Team Supporting the YMCA

The YMCA has assembled a solid team to help plan, design, and build the proposed projects. ORB Management, Nor-Son, and Widseth will be involved throughout the entire process.