Frequently Asked Questions
In our Early Care and Learning Center we accept children as early as six weeks up to age five (or when they can enter kindergarten). Each of our classrooms have an animal Mascot and they break down as follows:
Cub Den – 6 weeks to 1 year old
Raccoon Room – 1 to 2 years old
Porcupine Room – 2 years to 3 years
Wild Mustangs – 3 years (and potty trained) to 4 years
Fox Den – 4 years till Kindergarten enrollment
Openings will depend on what age your child is and when you want them to start. We have six different classrooms based on different ages. The best place to start is getting your name on our Waiting List. Please fill out the form on the bottom of this page to get your child on the list. When we have an opening in a classroom we will call the names on the Waiting List.
Cost will also depend on which classroom your child is in. Charges are incurred weekly, however other options are available. Please contact us to discuss them. Parents also receive two weeks of vacation a year.
Classroom weekly rates are as follows:
Cub Den – $210
Raccoon Room – $200
Porcupine Room – $190
Mustang Room – $165
Fox Den – $155
We do provide financial assistance for tuition based on income qualifications. We accept Department of Family Services payments, you must apply with DFS to determine qualifications. We do offer a sliding fee scale. You must speak to the Director or Accounting Administrative Assistant in order to determine if you qualify. There is an application process.
Yes! All children must be current on all vaccinations in order to be allowed to attend our child care program.
You will need to bring meals for your child while they are in attendance. We do have refrigerators and microwaves in all the rooms so we can keep items cold or heat lunches up. We have lunch and two snacks each day.
The Mission of the YWCA Early Care & Learning Center is to provide quality learning experiences in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for all children while supporting individual, family and community needs.
YWCA Early Care and Learning Center provides families with a safe and healthy environment for their child(ren) to interact with others in a developmentally appropriate setting. A child’s development includes physical, social and emotional, approaches to learning, thinking, and communication and language which is incorporated in both programs.
All infants and toddlers are unique. Each child is born with 200 billion brain cells that are ready to start absorbing knowledge. Infants who receive appropriate care early in life are proven to be more successful in school and in developing healthy relationships.
Research shows that an enriched and stimulating preschool environment is the ideal place for children to learn. Your child will learn many concepts through play such as: respect for others, a sense of confidence, competence, and social skills that will help your child now and in the future.
Our structured programs are designed to encourage creativity through the use of non-restrictive projects. Activities include coloring, painting, drawing, finger painting, collage, etc. YWCA encourages process, not product, when children are creating art projects. In conjunction with the encouragement of creativity, we also emphasize fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language development, listening skills, role-playing, field trips, and outdoor activities, which reinforce these concepts. As the children are participating in these activities, the staff has the opportunity to encourage positive self-image through conversations and acknowledgment of the child’s accomplishments.
Each child is accountable for their actions. Discussions and interactions between staff and children help to improve their understanding of their own emotions as well as the feelings of others. Each child is given the opportunity to make positive choices regarding their behavior. Encouragement through positive reinforcement is given to aid in the development of a positive self-concept.
YWCA is committed to maintaining these standards. Our highly trained and dedicated staff nurture your child in an environment that is rich with opportunities to explore and excel. The staff work closely with your child to insure that they are engaged each day using a variety of teaching methods that involve the use of music, literacy, science, math, crafts, sensory and dramatic play. This is accomplished by continually upgrading staff training and awareness, strong parent/volunteer participation, and community support.