Welcome to Lolie Eccles Early Education Center

Since 1966, YWCA Utah has provided outstanding early education to families in the Salt Lake area. Our current program cares for and educates children aged six weeks to six years old, with a day and summer camp program that offers programming for children up to age twelve.

The Lolie Eccles Early Education Center at the YWCA is accredited by the United States’ leading educational standard of excellence - the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We provide high quality educational environments where young children grow and learn through play and discovery. We offer a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed experiences to help children become successful learners. Our engaging curriculum fosters children’s self-regulation skills – they are directly involved in classroom decisions, exploratory play and learning, and meaningful conversations.


YWCA UtahYWCA Utah is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. More information about YWCA Utah. The Lolie Eccles Early Education Center at the YWCA believes in working in conjunction with families to nurture the healthy development of young children.


The Lolie Eccles Early Education Center strives to create a safe, inclusive and socially just child-centered environment where children celebrate diversity as they learn to understand, value, and create a society where all people are treated equally. Each child’s individual needs, personality, cultural background, and family traditions are valued and supported. Our teachers encourage children to become independent, self-confident and inquisitive learners, while aiding in their cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical development. We maintain a low child-to-teacher ratio with talented, professionally educated early childhood teachers that are dedicated to the children and families.



  • Provide a warm and nurturing setting that responds to each family’s culture
  • Treat each child as an individual
  • Each child learns to accept and respect each other’s differences
  • Each child realizes that they are part of a community
  • Each and every child will have a better opportunity to develop self-esteem, be appreciated, and respected
  • Through learning centers each child can become aware of her/his own cognitive skills, language, social-emotional development, physical development, and creative potential
  • Provide selected materials, equipment and furnishings to support the center’s curriculum, program goals, and foster the achievement of desired outcomes for children.
  • Ongoing professional development for staff in the field of early childhood education.
  • Provide open lines of communication with parents and staff.

See Supporting Parents to learn more about our values and approach to early education.


Frequently Asked Questions

Director of Lolie Eccles Early Education Center