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YMCA Child Care Center

110 Karl Drive, Alexandria, MN 56308

Classroom Details

Age Group Child Capacity Number of Classrooms
Infants 16 2
Toddlers 28 2
Preschool 40 2
Pre-K 40 2
35 Staff Members    



4-Star Parent Aware Facility

When a program participates in the Parent Aware Star Rating process, they are letting their stars shine. They volunteer for extra training and professional development that go above and beyond basic health and safety licensing requirements.


Our child care programs have demonstrated all One-, Two-, and Three-Star practices, AND commits to ongoing quality improvement by using these best practices and more:

  • Responds to unique cultural customs and needs of children and families
  • Offers activities that encourage family participation and help children transition to kindergarten
  • Gives families opportunities to provide feedback about the program
  • Shares child development updates with families to set goals together
  • Makes accommodations for children with special needs and their families
  • Has highly-qualified and trained leadership staff, teachers, and providers


YMCA Child Care at Knute Nelson Center

420 12th Ave E, Alexandria, MN 56308


Classroom Details

Age Group Child Capacity Number of Classrooms
Infants 16
Toddlers 14 1
Preschool 20 1
12 Staff Members    



“My daughter started at about 6 months old at the Knute Nelson YMCA location and stayed up until now when she transitioned to the older class at the main YMCA site. I especially like the intergenerational program they have at the Knute Nelson location. There have been so many fun interactions between the nursing home residents and the kids. I would like to see that type of setup everywhere if they could.” 
-Bridget Braun, Knute Nelson Child Care Parent

Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational programming involves the sharing of skills, knowledge, and experiences between two generations. Children bring life, spirit, and joy to residents, keeping them young at heart; and the attention and encouragement of residents at Knute Nelson help children flourish. Children have the unique opportunity to visit residents for weekly activities and often walk through the facility singing or using the hallways as an extension of their classrooms. The kids call residents their "grand buddies."