Early Learning Program

 

The YWCA's 5-star Early Learning Program provides childcare for infants, toddlers and young children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Our program uses Creative Curriculum, an evidence-based model that prepares young children to succeed cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. YWCA also offers Early Head Start and NC Pre-K (August 2018).

The first phase of our child care center expansion is complete! We are now accepting applications through our online wait list. In order for your child to be considered for our program, you must apply online by entering your information in the wait list form.

Small class sizes, experienced teacher teams and a commitment to diversity and equity are all part of what we call the YWCA Advantage

Creative Curriculum & Activities

  • Age-appropriate Reading, Writing, Science, and Math 
  • Indoor and Outdoor Play
  • Music & Crafts
  • Farm-to-Table Learning
  • Art Instruction (3-5 years)
  • Swim Lessons (3-5 years, fully potty-trained)

Classroom Staff

Our compassionate and qualified teachers have over 370 years of collective childcare experience. Foster Grandparents are also very active in each classroom, creating a unique multi-generational environment for our young children.

Meals & Nutrition Education

At the YWCA, our Healthy Meals Kitchen prepares breakfast, lunch, and snack for the children in our Early Learning Program. The menus help the children in our center become more comfortable trying new foods while getting quality nutrition every day.

Our children also participate in Farmer's Market Friday, where they get to taste test a new fresh fruit or vegetable each week - sometimes straight out of our garden! Most every Friday you can find our Nutrition Coordinator, Melinda Aponte, in our classrooms passing out samples of produce and talking with the kids about how and where the plants grow, what part of the plants we eat, or how the food tastes, smells or feels. The children get to sample foods they may never have had before in a positive environment that encourages trying new foods.

 What our parents are saying

"Thank you for providing an enriching, warm, and fun experience for our son during his baby years! We truly loved the committed and highly skilled staff, especially his teacher Angie! Their commitment to learning, safety, and health was clear every day. Going back to work at an office after our little baby boy was born was very hard for me, but I felt better knowing that he was somewhere being loved and taken care of while I was at work. We would recommend YWCA childcare to anyone."

Marian and Will Arledge

"The combination of structured learning and play in each room is extremely effective. The "Grandmas" are incredible. Every child is greeted with joy and my son runs to them for a hug every morning before doing anything else. The focus on each child's development really stands out; whenever I ask how my child is doing and if there is something I should be working on with them, the teachers are able to quickly provide me feedback that shows me how well they know him. YWCA feeds them, teaches them, plays with them, keeps them safe, and my kids are happy at the end of the day. What more could I ask for?"

- Sarah Morison, sons Zachary, 3 and Spencer, 2

 

Program Hours

   Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm 

Monthly Rates    

   Infant - Toddler:  $1001.00
   Two year old:  $905.00
   Three year old:  $802.00
   Four - Five year old:  $776.00 

Childcare subsidy vouchers are accepted.

Our program serves 50% voucher families and 50% private pay families.

 

NC Pre-K  

NC Pre-K is a state-funded, high quality early care and education program that aims to enhance children’s school readiness. This free program is offered for 6 ½ hours a day (8:30 am - 3 pm) for 10-months with limited spaces available for wrap-around care. Learn More about NC Pre-K.

How do I know if my child is eligible?
  • Will your child be 4 years old by August 31?
  • Is your family income at or below 75% of the state median income?
  • Locally, NC Pre-K prioritizes serving children who are currently not enrolled in care.
  • Additional consideration (even if not income eligible) is given to children who have an identified disability, speak limited or no English, have a chronic health condition, and/or have a developmental or educational need.
Now Enrolling: NC Pre-K applications can be picked up in the YWCA ELP office and are also available onlineCompleted applications can submitted directly to the YWCA ELP office or by contacting Stacey Bailey, NC Pre-K Program Coordinator at (828) 407-2057 or stacey@buncombepfc.org.

 

For more information, contact:

Denise Purcell, Director of Early Learning Program

denise.purcell@ywcaofasheville.org | 828-254-7206 x 106

 

 

 

Thanks to Our Funders
The YWCA Early Learning Program is supported by Buncombe County Government, NC Dept. Health & Human Services Child and Adult Care Food Program, Smart Start of Buncombe County, The Mary Norris Preyer Foundation, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.