Our early learning centers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Ecolab, Midtown and Downtown are open to all families! Each center is now serving all families and we are taking multiple measures to keep children safe, including daily temperature checks, symptom screening, requiring masks for adults at drop-off and pick-up, reduced classroom sizes and modified activities. Learn more and read about our reopening plan.
At YWCA Minneapolis, we equip children with the knowledge and skills to reach their true potential. Our NAEYC-accredited and Four-Star Parent Aware rated early learning programs offer a whole-child learning approach to build children’s social-emotional, cognitive, physical and cultural development.
We help prepare all Minnesotan children to thrive — creating a sense of belonging in the classroom with our anti-bias curriculum and pushing to eliminate the educational opportunity gap in our state for families from all races, ethnicities, cultures and incomes.
In 2019-20, YWCA Children’s Centers exceeded outcomes for 720+ children served:
Through high-quality child care and early learning programs, YWCA Minneapolis can help your child develop their individual interests and skills, connect with peers and build positive behaviors to support their academic success and become well-rounded learners for life.
YWCA’s award-winning programs, staff, facilities and teaching initiatives have helped thousands of Minneapolis children prepare for life in and beyond school. Leverage our nationally accredited, anti-bias early childhood education and child care programs to set your child on course for a bright future.
Your child’s future. Free of bias. Making a Difference. That’s the Difference.™
YWCA Minneapolis provides industry-leading programs. Our early childhood education curriculum (grounded in anti-bias and child-initiated play) focuses on the whole-child learning approach and covers social, emotional, cognitive and physical development while supporting self-esteem. We also assist with child assessments, behavior guidance, curriculum and family resources to position the families we serve to thrive.
YWCA Minneapolis provides each newly enrolled family with a free one-year Health & Wellness family membership. This gives members full access to our state-of-the-art fitness facilities and classes. YWCA swim lessons are also included as part of our preschool curriculum, teaching children essential life-saving skills; these swim classes are available in September through May at select locations, based on staff availability.
YWCA Minneapolis children take regular visits to local community sites to engage and celebrate different cultures across our city. These activities provide social, cultural and recreational opportunities that are both fun and enlightening. We also provide on-site music, yoga, mindfulness and art classes, which we believe are critical pieces of early education.
YWCA parents can also join in on the fun through family events. These gatherings promote healthy child development and encourage parents to connect with their children’s classroom community, including teachers and other families, through a range of exciting activities. YWCA events include simple family breakfasts, karaoke get-togethers and much more.
YWCA Minneapolis prepares fresh infant formula, baby food and food for breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack — on-site every day. Our proven nutrition program focuses on whole grains, whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with ethnically diverse foods that support optimal health and energy.
We also structure our menus to minimize sodium, sugar, saturated fats, food dyes and artificial ingredients whenever possible to provide the healthiest nutrition for your child.
Throughout our child care and early learning programs, you will have access to daily parent-teacher communication and regular conferences to monitor your child’s progress. We perform research-based assessments at regular intervals — and provide on-site screenings and services through organization partnerships.
YWCA Minneapolis programs also provide annual on-site kindergarten screening through the Minneapolis Public Schools, which can be used for enrollment in any Minnesota school district.
YWCA Minneapolis was named one of the nation’s top 10 for “exemplary programs” for family engagement by NAEYC.
YWCA Minneapolis welcomes families who receive funds from the following sources:
Please contact us regarding financial assistance opportunities that may be available to your family.
"Our children are completely different kids than they were when they started with YWCA. They entered the program with some delays and with the supportive environment provided, they have flourished into preschoolers who are on par with their peers socially and academically. Throughout our time with YWCA, we have seen the teachers allow for a range of learning styles and they have helped us recognize and celebrate our children’s individual milestones.”
"I appreciate the nurturing hearts of the teachers and the time they take to make sure that each child gets individual attention. YWCA has been instrumental in offering outstanding support with additional needs and has been very open with communication and updates in regards to my child’s learning, growth and development."
“The teachers are why we stay. They really care about our kids and early childhood education. The teachers are always communicating well with us, helping our kids through transitions and challenges and teaching them such valuable lessons about justice, friendship and being kind.”