YMCA of Greater Erie

About Us

Welcome to the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Early Learning University located on the campus of Edinboro University.  Our unique location affords us the convenience of providing early care and preschool learning for the children of Edinboro University students, but residents of the Edinboro community.

In partnership with Edinboro University, Early Learning University provides Early Education majors with hands-on, practical learning under the direct supervision of YMCA certified staff.

Early Learning University is a Keystone Star 4 center, which, much like a hotel rating system, holds centers and staff to the highest standards.  A Keystone Star 4 is the highest rating awarded.

At Early Learning University, we currently care for children as young as 6 weeks through preschool.  We are also a participant in Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts program which helps to make early learning an affordable experience for all in the community.  Learn more  about our curriculum and program offerings.

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Financial Assistance

The YMCA is a volunteer-founded, volunteer-led organization with a mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. When you join the Y or participate in a Y program, you’re joining men, women and
children from our community who are committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe in providing membership and program services to everyone who wants to participate. We are able to do this through the generous donations of our members and friends of the Y through our annual community support program We Build People.

The YMCA accepts CCIS payments, and financial assistanceis available to those who qualify. Discuss program fees and financial assistance with Childcare Director Jill Tucker.

Contact us today for a tour!

Download a registration application.


Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6p.m. (early care and traditional preschool, wrap-care)
Monday-Friday, 9-11:30 a.m. (Pre-K Counts)