Early Learning Program

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

Programming includes art, music, indoor and outdoor play, weekly swim lessons, and age appropriate reading, writing, science and math activities.Two meals and a snack are provided daily.

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



Rainbow in My Tummy®

Rainbow in My Tummy® is a healthy eating curriculum developed by the Verner Center for Early Learning.  Rainbow In My Tummy® 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 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 while attending the YW.

To compliment the Rainbow in My Tummy® program the students in our Early Learning Program 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. 

The Early Learning Program serves 80 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

Program Hours are Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Monthly Rates:    Infant:  $1001.00
   Toddler:  $1001.00
   Two year olds:  $905.00
   Three year olds:  $801.00
   Four/ Five year old:  $776.00

Child care vouchers are accepted.

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.