Little Treasures Center


Vision statement:
“YMCA Little Treasures seeks to strengthen families and the community by integrating family support, parent education and enriched childcare services.”

The Little Treasures Story:
Building strong kids, families and community is at the heart of our services.

1998 –A vision started at St. Paul’s Church for a childcare center to meet the needs of people in their neighborhood transitioning from welfare to work by providing quality, affordable childcare.
2000 –Little Treasures Childcare and Family Center opened and began serving the Community.
2011 –Little Treasures moved to Ecumen Lakeshore, partnering to create an innovative intergenerational care community.
2013 –Little Treasures Childcare and Family Center joined with the Duluth Area Family YMCA to become the YMCA Little Treasures Early Childhood Center.
2015 –YMCA Little Treasures was awarded the Four Star Parent Aware rating, demonstrating its continued commitment to delivering high quality early childhood programs for children and their families.
2016 –YMCA Little Treasures moved to its new home, partnering with the Vineyard Church to expand childcare services.


Enhanced Childcare:
At YMCA Little Treasures we believe all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

We provide quality, individualized attention to each child. Children are cared for in a warm, loving and educational environment that includes qualified teachers, assistant teachers, and volunteers. We utilize creative curriculum and a focus on early literacy to ensure each child is kindergarten ready.  In addition, daily contact between parents and teachers builds strong relationships and a network of support for our families.

  • We serve children 6 weeks of age to the 1st day of kindergarten
  • Our hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30am-5:30pm
  • We are located at 1533 W. Arrowhead Road in Duluth, MN
  • We are Four Star Parent Aware Rated and licensed through the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Care Licensing
  • YMCA Little Treasures participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer).


Family Support Services
By focusing on the health and wellness of the entire family, we are advocating for stronger families and communities.

Our Family Education and Support Program include monthly parent education classes with an Early Childhood Parent Educator; a speech-language series in partnership with UMD; and BLISS (Balancing Life In Simple Steps) a family health and wellness project. In addition to our YMCA Little Treasures programming, we also connect families to community resources and make referrals for supportive services, assist parents in acquiring basic needs assistance, and advocate for parents when needed.

For information about our program and services contact our center at (218) 728-2044.


302 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-4745
Fax: (218) 722-4746


Hours for today:
5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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