For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility

"The YMCA Preschool has proven to be the perfect choice for our son's transition from childcare to school. The open communication and fun learning activities have helped to make it easier and successful."

Preschool Parent

Infant-Toddler Care

Our team members build positive one-on-one child and parent relationships, creating a strong partnership in the development of healthy, thriving children. The Spencer Family YMCA Dvergsten Center has a combination of three infant/ toddler rooms. Children move through these rooms based on their individual developemental pace.

Parents are encouraged to inquire about placement in our childcare program as early as the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

  • Infant Room: 6 weeks - 12 months*
  • Young Toddler Room: 10- 24 months*
  • Older Toddler Room: 20 - 36 months*
*Baseline age

A YMCA membership is not required to be enrolled in the Dvergsten Center.

1001 11 Ave W. Spencer, IA (712) 262-3782


Our goal is to provide individualized care that nurtures and enhances your child’s development by offering “learning through play.”

Developmental Focus
Our educational activities stimulate critical thinking skills, develop creativity and enhance learning. Infants and toddlers are offered a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities to ensure cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills. 

Typical Infant & Toddler Day
Our day offers a clear organizational structure with a focus on routines and social experiences. Learn more click here.

Child Watch

FREE Child Watch for current members who are working out IN the building or attending a class during these times: Monday-Friday 8:20-10:20 AM and Monday-Thursday 5-7 PM. This is for 6 weeks to 3rd grade and is housed in the Mini Muscle Room. If you have further questions please contact Julie Krogman at or 712-262-3782.

Child Watch is located in the Spencer Family YMCA Mini Muscle Room


Monday - Friday

8:20-10:20 a.m. 

Monday - Thursday 

5:00-7:00 p.m.