Ipswich Family YMCA Child Care

With an onsite preschool at the Y in Ipswich and a preschool location in Amesbury as well as school-age programs in Essex and Newbury, the Y offers programs for children to learn, grown and thrive.

Infant & Toddler Programs 6 weeks to 2.9 years:

Locations: Onsite at the Ipswich YMCA and at the YMCA Early Learning Center of Amesbury

Infants enjoy a wholesome environment where they begin to discover the world around them. With low child-to-staff ratios, the staff creates individualized schedules to meet each child’s needs, and parents receive daily communication, ensuring everyone stays on the same page when it comes to their care. Toddlers, with guidance throughout the day, navigate social situations, investigate cause and effect relationships and build on essential early language and motor skills. Daily routines give children the opportunity to develop a sense of security, confidence, and willingness to engage with their peers.

Preschool Program 2.9 – 5

Locations: Onsite at the Ipswich YMCA and at the YMCA Early Learning Center of Amesbury

Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs provide a safe, nurturing environment in which children can learn to communicate, cooperate and care about each other. Our low staff-to-child ratios give your preschooler one-on-one interaction with teachers. When your child takes part in our Preschool or Kindergarten Readiness program, they will have a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. Programs include creative curriculum, STEAM, literacy and arts, sensory play, age-appropriate activities including swimming, gymnastics and sports, gross motor skills space, nutritious snacks, and more.

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After School Programs at Essex & Newbury

A fun, educational program that helps elementary school children develop self-confidence, friendships, positive values, academic achievement, while building a sense of community. We offer care during school vacations, snow days, and half days. Each child registered for the school-age program also receives a Free YMCA Youth Membership. Licensed by the State of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care.

Contact the Welcome Center for more information (978) 356-9622.

  • Daily planned S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
  • Social-emotional / team building activities
  • Daily homework time
  • Physical activity time
  • FREE youth membership
  • Coverage on early release days, vacation weeks, holidays and snow days
  • Enrichments such as: Yoga, Zumba, Art, Sports
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Locations, Leadership, Flexible Pricing & More!


Early Education – Onsite at the Ipswich Y, 110 County Road, Ipswich

Early Education – Early Learning Center of Amesbury, 12 South Hunt Road, Amesbury

School Age – Essex Elementary School, Essex

School Age – Newbury Elementary School, Newbury

Ipswich Y Early Education

Director, Jen Murphy has been working in childcare for more than 20 years. She has worked as an assistant teacher, teacher, and lead teacher in a variety of Early Learning Centers. She spent many afternoons working in our afterschool programs, and at our summer camps as a camp counselor and assistant director. She has an Associate Degree in Early Education.

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Early Learning Center of Amesbury

Director, Tamra Erickson has over 10 years of experience in early education. She has an associates degree in Early Childhood Education and is Director II Certified from the Department of Early Education and Care.

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Flexible Pricing

One of the challenges for our communities today is the rapidly increasing cost of living. We understand and we believe that every family & individual deserves the opportunity to enjoy their local YMCA. This is why we continue to offer our own flexible income-based pricing.

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Along with open communication between the director, teachers and families including newsletters, emails and face to face conversations, our early education program uses the Kaymbu app to ensure consistent communications with families.  In Kaymbu, we share pictures, your child’s discoveries as well as developmental updates.

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