In The Learning Community, parent communication is a vital part of the program. Teachers communicate with parents, both verbally and through daily notes. Parents are encouraged to visit their children during the day and share their skills and talents with classroom groups.

Other enhancements include:

  • Computer Time with Educational Games
  • Swim Lessons for Pre-K students
  • Family Events at TLC and the YMCA
  • Summer In-House Presenters
  • Community Visitors
  • Community Field Trips
    • Wallingford Public Library
    • Wallingford Police Department
    • Wallingford Fire Station


The Choate-Rosemary Hall campus is perfect for long nature walks, and allows the children to explore the outside world during all seasons.

Children use McGuire Gymnasium to run, jump, play and let loose their rambunctious energy!

We also have two large outdoor fenced playgrounds for all ages.


The Wallingford Family YMCA takes great pleasure in creating a safe, healthy, exciting and stimulating learning environment at our childcare centers. Our staff take great pride in the program they create and nurture. Particular care is taken to select staff who are not only caring and responsive to the young child, but who also enjoy the satisfaction of providing “excellence” in childcare services and are motivated to help the center grow.

Our qualified, caring teachers are committed to best practices in education. Every employee is professionally screened (including child abuse registry, finger printing, references, physical, employment history, and childcare training or education) before hiring and are well-supervised on the job. All employees are oriented to understand the mission of the YMCA and to display our Core Values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. All of our staff are certified in First Aid & CPR, in addition to attending continuing education and training classes. The result is a high level of care that your child deserves and that parents expect.


At The Learning Community, we have an open door policy and we welcome parents to visit the center any time throughout the day. A security code on the one entrance door of the building enables only appropriate individuals to enter at will. All others must ring a doorbell and show valid identification to be authorized in the building.


The Wallingford Family YMCA is a community based organization, and strives not to turn anyone away due to lack of ability to pay. We believe in providing membership and program services to all who desire to participate. The YMCA’s Scholarship program, supported by our annual Community Support Campaign, uses all available resources to provide support to those who have financial need and qualify for assistance. Anyone may apply for financial assistance who lives or works in our service area. Within the resources available, each situation is carefully and confidentially reviewed by our committee to be sure there is a demonstrable need. The level of assistance is determined based on a sliding scale.

We ask that those applying for assistance apply for Care 4 Kids first. If you are need additional assistance, or are ineligible for Care 4 Kids and would like scholarship assistance from the YMCA, please complete a financial aid application, downloadable here or available at either of our branches. Contact Tammi Mastroianni for more information.