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 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)
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
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
Infant – Toddler: $1076
Two year old: $955
Three year old: $857
Four – Five year old: $826
Childcare subsidy vouchers are accepted.
Our program serves 50% voucher families and 50% private pay families.
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.
- 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.
For More Information, Contact:
Denise Purcell, Director of Early Learning
828-254-7206 x 106