YMCA of Greater Providence
East Side Branch

Pre-School & Child Care

Mount Hope Pre-School & Child Care Center

The Mount Hope Pre-School and Child Care Center, a part of the East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA, is dedicated to supporting strong, healthy families in our community.  Our pre-school and child care programs provide full-time learning and care to children age six weeks to pre-kindergarten.  Additionally, the Center offers Kids Care, a part time babysitting program for parents who just need a little time to work out at the Y. The Center is located across from the East Side YMCA on Hope Street.

The Child Care Center is Bright Stars accredited, and maintains the highest standards for child safety, child development and continuing staff development. We employ a nurse on site. All our lead teachers and teacher’s assistants are full time and hold an associate or bachelor’s degree; or are enrolled in an accredited program pursuing a college degree.

The Center is housed in a renovated former school, and preserves the old charm and character of the lovely building with big rooms and high windows which provide a spacious, bright, learning environment for all children.

If you are looking for either a pre-school opportunity for your child or infant and/or toddler care, we encourage you to check out the Mount Hope Child Care Center.

Currently, the Center is led by our interim executive director Sue Shanley.  Sue has been in the preschool area for over thirty years at the YMCA of Greater Providence. She began her career as a teacher’s assistant in the award-winning Y’s Owl Nursery School. For the past 21 years has served as the school’s director.

Sue is known for her holistic approach to learning, ensuring that every child is supported and nurtured through their educational journey. Children and parents know that long after children graduate “Miss Sue” will remember their name and greet them with a warm smile.  She is an expert in DCYF licensing regulations and Bright Stars guidelines, as well as Early Childhood Classroom Environmental Rating Scales (ECCERS).  Sue’s genuine interest in the social, emotional and educational development of young children makes her an excellent leader and role model for staff.

Sue looks forward to meeting Mount Hope families, and to working with them to create an engaging learning environment for children, families and staff.

For more information or a personal tour of the Center, contact Sue Shanley at 401-521-7252.

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