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Early Childhood Development Center

The Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center is a 10,000 sq. ft. center located 2 blocks east of Rt. 159 near the Glen Carbon Wal-Mart. This center offers full day child care throughout the work week. We allow parents the opportunity to go to work knowing their child is in good hands.

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Facility Features

Childcare Services

The purpose of the YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center is to facilitate a full day child care program that provides opportunities and experiences to stimulate a child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development. The program is licensed and follows a constructive philosophy with open-ended art activities, science, fine and gross motor skills and hands-on discovery in an enriching environment.

  • Infant (6 Weeks To 12 Months)
  • Toddler (12 Months To 24 Months)
  • 2 Year Old
  • 3 To 6 Year Old
  • Licensed Full-day Childcare
  • Nurturing Environment
  • Low Child-to-Teacher Ratios
  • Healthy Meals & Snacks
  • Outdoor Playtime
  • YMCA Membership Not Required

All Included In Your Child’s Day

  • We Offer YMCA Instructor Led Programming At The Center!
  • Spanish (3-5 Year Olds)
  • Tumbling (Summer)
  • Musical Tots
  • Swimming (Summer)
  • Creative Art Play Class – Bringing Art To The Children Every Day!
  • Creative Curriculum
  • State Of The Art Playground
  • “The Imagination Library” – One Free Book Each Month


Arrival & Departure Times

The center’s hours are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We cannot accept children before 6:00 AM. Any child not picked up before 6:00 PM will be assessed a $1 per minute late fee. That fee is due as soon as the child is picked up. After 6:10 PM the staff will attempt to reach the parents and/or any designated emergency pick-up individual. At 6:30 PM if no one has been reached and the parents have not made contact with the center with a pickup plan, the staff will call the appropriate child welfare authorities. There will be no exceptions to this plan. We recognize that emergencies do arise. In the event of those, please have a backup plan ready.

Inclement Weather Closings

If the center needs to close due to inclement weather, parents will be notified as quickly as possible. We recognize the need for parents to get to work and thus the need for their planned childcare arrangements to be available. Efforts will be made to minimize the number of unplanned closures. There will be no charge for any day the center does not open. All childcare accounts will be credited to reflect any days the center does not open.


Good communication is of the utmost importance. When a new family joins us we want to be sure that we can share any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there be a similar childcare philosophy between the center and the parents. We welcome questions, feedback or discussion of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the children.


We will participate in the USDA Food Program. All parents are required to fill out a USDA Eligibility Form regardless of their eligibility. Meals will consist of breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Copies of the menus will be posted on the bulletin board in each room, in addition, copies of the monthly menus will be sent home. Any child that arrives after their room’s meal time should be fed before they arrive. Other than infant formula (or breast milk) and infant food, no food item from home is permitted. We will never force a child to finish a meal, but we will encourage them to try a bite or two. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like.

Special Needs Children

The Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center will make all reasonable modifications to our policies and practices to accommodate children with special needs unless to do so is not in the best interest of the child or of the center. Each child will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine eligibility.

You can call us at (618) 288-3232 or email us at daycare@edwymca.com

Fee Structure & Policies

Weekly Fees

The Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center has three schedule options for all children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

5 Days A Week

Infants/Toddlers $260 Member | $270 Non-Member
2 Years Old $210 Member | $220 Non-Member
3+ Years $195 Member | $205 Non-Member

4 Days A Week

Infants/Toddlers $235 Member | $245 Non-Member
2 Years Old $190 Member | $200 Non-Member
3+ Years $180 Member | $190 Non-Member

3 Days A Week

Infants/Toddlers $195 Member | $200 Non-Member
2 Years Old $155 Member | $165 Non-Member
3+ Years $145 Member | $155 Non-Member

DCFS and CHASI Payments

The YMCA is happy to accept third-party payments from organizations such as DCFS and CHASI. All approvals must be received before the child attends the center. Please contact the Director if you have any questions about this process.

Holiday Closures

The YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center will be open every weekday of the year from 6:00AM to 6:00PM with the exception of the following:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Independence Day
  • Christmas Day

The center will close at 3:00 PM on:

  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year’s Eve

Payment Info Continued

The Y member rate (listed above) is only available to members of the Edwardsville YMCA. There is a 10% discount for the 2nd child in the same family of members of the Edwardsville YMCA.

Registration Packet
A completed enrollment packet will include child information & history, emergency numbers, medical form, birth certificate, annual contract, and all required signatures.

Registration Fee
There is a $75 registration fee for all children to cover individual supplies and records. Registration fee and first week’s child care fees must be turned in no later than noon on the Wednesday before the week the child is to start.

Payment Policy
Child care payments are due by noon on the Friday before the week of attendance. A $10 per weekday charge will be assessed for each weekday payment is late. If payment is more than two weeks late, the child will not be accepted at the center until the account is paid in full. Payments can be made automatically through your checking or savings account, by credit card, or online. Payment can also be made at either the Edwardsville Esic or Meyer YMCA facilities. Cash will not be accepted at the YMCA Early Childhood Development Center. The method of payment must be set up at the time of registration but can be changed with a consultation with the Center’s Director or designated staff.

You can call us at (618) 288-3232 or email us at daycare@edwymca.com

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