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NECC will Partner with the Haverhill YMCA to Provide Child Care on its Haverhill Campus

Submitted by on August 27, 2020 – 5:16 pm

Aerial view of the Haverhill Campus

As of January 2021, the YMCA of the North Shore’s Haverhill location will provide child care on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill Campus. The college has been exploring an expanded partnership with the YMCA, according to Mike McCarthy, Northern Essex’s vice president of administration. It made sense to take the first step by contracting with the YMCA, a longstanding resource for child care in the Haverhill community.

The Haverhill YMCA plans to offer early education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool/pre-kindergartners, 7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, Priority will be given to the families of Northern Essex faculty and staff, although community families are welcome. The YMCA will also offer learning and practicum opportunities for students in Northern Essex’s Early Childhood Education Program.

“We are thrilled to move forward in partnership with Northern Essex to begin a new collaborative YMCA early learning experience at the college. This will provide essential childcare to faculty and staff while also offering a space for students studying early education to gain practical experience,” said Tracy Fuller, Regional Executive Director, Haverhill and Plaistow Community YMCA. The YMCA of the North Shore has child care centers at eight locations throughout the North Shore. All of their Massachusetts programs are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Little Sprouts has been providing child care on campus for the past 25 years and will continue to provide area childcare at their other area locations after their NECC location closes on September 11.

“We’ve been very happy with the quality care Little Sprouts has given the children of our faculty, staff, and students as well as community families,” said McCarthy. “And we want to continue that tradition of excellence with the YMCA.”

To learn more about child care opportunities at the YMCA Early Education Center at Northern Essex, contact Tracy Fuller at