Young Child & Family Center of Lacey

  • We need additional early learning resources in our community. North Thurston Public Schools, the City of Lacey, Thurston Economic Development Council, and the South Sound YMCA are embarking on a project to create a Young Child & Family Center.

    The Young Child and Family Center will be located at Marvin Road and Martin Way, next to Nisqually Middle School. The district-owned property previously housed Nisqually Ballpark.

    The 2023 Legislature appropriated $1 million from the Ruth Kagi Early Learning Facilities Development Account to support the architectural design phase of the Young Child & Family Center.

    The preschool and family education facility will be constructed with funding from the 2024 capital levy for safety, technology, and facilities improvement. 

The early learning center will:

    • Serve up to 600 students each year with high-quality preschool.
    • Offer family-friendly spaces for parenting classes and other agencies to provide on-site support to families.
    • Include a commercial-grade kitchen for nutrition classes and larger group events.
    • Provide a warm and dry space for young children to play during the wet winter months.

    A future phase of the project may feature aquatic safety and recreation opportunities and creative play spaces for family-based physical activity.

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