Child Care Center

The YWCA's 5-star Child Care Center brings the mission of the YWCA - eliminating racism and empowering women - to our youngest members.

Children learn to appreciate other cultures, learn basic academics in the everyday world, and enjoy non-violent play. Individual assessments for each child show that the youngest are reaching the early developmental benchmarks, and the oldest are ready for Kindergarten.

Parental involvement in the Center is highly encouraged. Foster Grandparents are also very active in the Center.

The Center has space for 80 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years-old. It is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm.

Two meals and a snack are provided daily. Weekly swimming lessons in the YW's solar-heated pool are offered to children who are at least 2 years-old.

Monthly Rates
   Infant:  $931.67
   Toddler:  $931.67
   Two year old:  $836.33
   Three year olds:  $775.02
   Four/ Five year olds:  $750.01

*As of July 1, 2015 our fees will increase to the following amount: 
   Infant:  $1001.00
   Toddler:  $1001.00
   Two year olds:  $905.67
   Three year olds:  $801.02
   Four/ Five year old:  $776.01

(There is no longer a material fee of $75.00)

Rainbow in My Tummy

Rainbow in My Tummy is a healthy eating program developed by the Verner Center for Early Learning.  What started out as a way for Verner to feed their students and staff well has expanded into the Buncombe County community with RIMT being used in 14 preschools in the area.  RIMT focuses on feeding children a wide range of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins while also staying inline with nutrition requirements from the Federal Government. 

At the YWCA we provide breakfast, lunch, and snack to our Child Care Center, as well as snack to our School Age program.  The menus help the children in our centers to be more comfortable trying new foods, and to get quality nutrition while attending the YW.

To compliment the Rainbow in My Tummy program the students in our Child Care Center also participate in Farmer's Market Friday, where they get to taste test a new fresh fruit or vegetable.  Most every Friday you can find our Child Nutrition Coordinator in each classroom 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, and staff, get to sample foods they may never have had before in a positive environment that encourages trying new foods. 

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Thanks to Our Funders
The YWCA Child Care Center is supported by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, NC Dept. Health & Human Services Child and Adult Care Food Program, NC Dept. of Health & Human Services Kids Eat Smart Move More, The Mary Norris Preyer Foundation, YWCA donors, and the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

For more information, contact Wanda Harris, Director of Child Care, by email at, or by calling 828-254-7206 x 109.