Y’s Care Children’s Program

We provide high-quality preschool education to children and families from homeless, transitioning, or low-income circumstances through our Y’s Care Children’s Program. Children 2.5-5 years old are welcome in our program which provides a safe environment for up to 20 participants. Community resources and referrals for childcare funding, health care, housing, emergency funding, and family support are available. In addition to an ECEAP and community preschool program, YWCA also provides child care assistance to homeless and transitional families for up to 90 days through the Homeless Child Care Program. We also offer opportunities for parent education and involvement in classes, events, and individualized support services. Our philosophy is inspired by the world-renowned schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and our image of the child as a competent and motivated learner, guides our teaching. Children learn best in relationship to others and our goal is to help children learn the skills they will need to thrive in the 21st century through collaboration, critical thinking and reasoning, taking on challenges and invention.

Curricular Elements Span:

  • Developmentally appropriate guidance
  • Culturally relevant / Multi-cultural environment
  • Complete nutrition program which follows USDA guidelines
  • Therapy play and physical fitness programs
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • Individual attention
  • Conflict resolution and self-advocacy

Children’s natural curiosity drives their learning. The classroom curriculum is designed to address and support a wide variety of learning opportunities to ensure that each child will be able to explore his or her areas of interest and learn life skills like resilience, flexibility, perspective taking and empathy.

Program Activities Include:

  • Dramatic play
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Small and large group projects
  • Blocks, puzzles and games
  • Maker spaces
  • Storytelling, authorship and literacy building
  • Music exploration through singing, dancing and playing instruments
  • Natural outdoor area that promotes exploration
  • Field trips to the zoo, pumpkin patch, local parks and special events

Our attentive, professional instructors provide information about each child’s developmental process. If needed, referrals for additional support are made by our trained staff so that every child may receive the best care and services possible.

For inquiries, please contact Leah Reitz, Director of Y’s Care at lreitz@ywcaclarkcounty.org or 360-906-9128.