Early Learning Program

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YWCA’s Early Learning Program provides 5-star childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

Our experienced and compassionate teachers not only provide exceptional care for your little ones, but they also prepare young children to succeed cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. YWCA’s childcare center also offers Early Head Start and NC Pre-K for qualifying families.

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 on the waitlist form.
YWCA Childcare Waitlist

The YWCA Advantage

  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced teacher teams
  • Commitment to diversity and equity

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)
Frequently Asked Questions

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

Childcare girls hugging

 

Program Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Monthly Rates 

Infant – Toddler:  $1001
Two year old:  $905
Three year old:  $802
Four – Five year old:  $776

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 online. Completed applications can be submitted directly to the YWCA Early Learning Program office or by contacting Stacey Bailey, NC Pre-K Program Coordinator at (828) 407-2057 or stacey@buncombepfc.org.
Childcare Calendar 2018-2019

For More Information, Contact:
Denise Purcell, Director of Early Learning
elp@ywcaofasheville.org
828-254-7206 x 102

Due to inclement weather, YWCA of Asheville will be on a 2-hour delay on  Thursday, November 15th. The building and all programs, including the Fitness Center, Aquatics, Early Learning Program, and Empowerment Child Care, will open at 9:30 am. Please note that this means that ELP will NOT serve breakfast. Please check back here frequently for possible updates and changes, and please stay safe and warm out there!