Early Learning Program

The YWCA's 5-star Early Learning Program uses Creative Curriculum, an evidence-based model that prepares children to succeed cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.

Children gain learn to appreciate other cultures and the arts, learn basic academics in the everyday world, build a positive association with fresh healthy foods and enjoy non-violent play. 

Creative Curriculum Includes

  • Art and Music
  • Indoor and Outdoor Play
  • Weekly Swim Lessons
  • Age appropriate Reading, Writing, Science and Math 
  • Fun Nutrition Education

Parental involvement in the Early Learning Program is highly encouraged. Foster Grandparents are also very active in the center.

At the YWCA, we provide breakfast, lunch, and snack to our Early Learning Program, as well as snack to our Primary Enrichment Program.  The menus help the children in our centers to be more comfortable trying new foods, and to get quality nutrition at the YWCA child care center.

Our Early Learning children 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 Nutrition Coordinator, Melinda Aponte, 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. 

Program Hours:

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

Monthly Rates:    

   Infant - Toddler:  $1001.00
   Two year old:  $905.00
   Three year old:  $801.00
   Four - Five year old:  $776.00

Child care vouchers are accepted. The Early Learning Program serves 80 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.


Thanks to Our Funders
The YWCA Early Learning Program is supported by the 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.


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