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Early CHILDHOOD Learning

Downtown YMCA

Child Development Center

Barkley YMCA

Child Development Center

1256 N State Street

2415 Rimland Drive

Bellingham, WA  98225

Bellingham, WA  98226



Contact Jamie Desmul at 360-255-0278 or jdesmul@whatcomymca.org for availability.

Contact Lori Stacy at 360-714-0450 or lstacy@whatcomymca.org for availability.


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Downtown 1 month-1 year

Barkley 1 month-1 year

The first year of life is full of growth and change and we are happy to be a vital part of it. The Y Infant Centers at the Downtown and Barkley sites offer licensed high quality childcare in a homelike environment. 


Downtown 1-3 years

Barkley 1-2 1/2 years

Children learn through play by presenting a stimulating, imaginative environment. Children in the toddler program grow and learn while having fun.


Downtown 3-4 years

Barkley 2 1/2-5 years

The curriculum is based on thematic units and/or an emergent curriculum that focuses on the children's interests. Your child will have fun learning letters, numbers, colors, sharing and much more. This program is designed to allow each child to explore, grow & learn at their own rate.


Downtown 4-5 years

Located in our downtown facility, the Pre-K program helps prepare children for their entrance into Kindergarten through an exploratory and hands-on curriculum. This curriculm specifically addresses the needs of 4 year olds, including social skills, character building, recognizing letters and elements experiences.

Downtown 4-

Child Watch


Child Watch is a service for children of YMCA Members. Parents must remain in the facility while children are participating in Child Watch.

Ages:      3 months - 9 years

Days:      Monday - Friday               Saturday

Times:     8:45am - 2:00pm             8:30am - 12:30pm

              3:30pm - 7:00pm

Fees:       1 child        $25/month

              2 children    $30/month

              3 children    $35/month