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South Shore YMCA

South Shore YMCA

South Shore YMCA


Child Care

 Early Childhood Education


Early Learning Center

We are an early childhood educational setting providing full-day, school day and part-day care for children, infants and private kindergarten.  Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment for young children to learn, thrive, and grow.  Our programs are developmentally appropriate yet flexible enough to allow room for challenging the unique strengths and abilities of each individual.

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State Street Early Learning Center

The South Shore YMCA State Street Early Learning Center at our Quincy Branch provides a full-day, high quality early education and care program throughout the year. We provide a safe and supportive environment that fosters the physical, cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social growth of children, while supporting and strengthening families. Full-time and part-time programs are available for toddler, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms.

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Nature Center Preschool
at the South Shore Natural Science Center

The Nature Center Preschool at the South Shore Natural Science Center combines the idea of a traditional preschool program with all the extra opportunities and excitement offered by the facilities and staff of the South Shore Natural Science Center.  Naturalists from the Science Center visit the preschool regularly to provide enrichment activities.

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LCA Preschool 

Laura's Center for the Arts Preschool offers families a traditional Preschool program enriched with a special focus on the Arts. The program's curriculum will center on a child's creative process as a means of self-expression and discovery and the Arts will be incorporated into themes to encourage children to grow cognitively, socially, and physically.Children will be given an opportunity to explore different mediums and engage in dramatic play experiences in the classroom.  

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LCA Preschool


Afterschool Programs

Quincy Afterschool Programs

Our Quincy Afterschool Programs provides a safe, fun environment for children grades K through 6 from elementary and middle schools throughout Quincy with sites located at Clifford H. Marshall Elementary School, Bethel Church of the Nazarene, Broad Meadows Middle School and a NEW site at Eastern Nazarene College's Old Colony Campus. Transportation from the child's school to the afterschool site, healthy snacks and a healthy lunch on half-days are all included in the program.

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Norwell & Scituate Before and Afterschool Programs

Our Norwell Afterschool Programs include before and after school care for students grades K through 6 at Vinal Elementary School and Cole Elementary School as well as an after school program for students at South Shore Charter Public School.
Our Scituate programs include before and after school care for students at Cushing Elementary School, Hatherly Elementary School, Jenkins Elementary School and Wampatuck Elementary School.

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School Vacation Programs
Hanover & Quincy

School Vacation programs at the South Shore YMCA enable kids to enjoy a variety of fun, safe, and challenging activities during the weeks of December, February, and April school vacations.  Full Day programs are also provided on most holidays.  Families can be assured of a caring environment where children receive excellent supervision, quality programming, and lasting memories.

School Vacation Programs - Emilson Branch

School Vacation Programs - Quincy