Early Learning Program


The YWCA's 5-star Early Learning Program provides childcare for 80 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.

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. 

YWCA's Early Learning Program is expanding summer 2018!

We are now accepting applications through our online wait list. 

Creative Curriculum

  • Art and Music
  • Indoor and Outdoor Play
  • Weekly Swim Lessons (3-5 years-old, fully potty-trained)
  • Age appropriate Reading, Writing, Science, and Math 
  • Fun Nutrition Education

Parental involvement is highly encouraged and Foster Grandparents are very active in each classroom - creating a unique multi-generational environment for our young children.


At the YWCA, our 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.

Our children also participate in Farmer's Market Friday, where they get to taste test a new fresh fruit or vegetable each week. 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.

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.



For more information, contact:

Denise Purcell, Director of Early Learning & Early Head Start

denise.purcell@ywcaofasheville.org | 828-254-7206 x 109.



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.