At YWCA Minneapolis, we equip children with the knowledge, skills and drive 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 2017-18, YWCA Children’s Centers exceeded outcomes for 650+ 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 early childhood education and child care programs to set your child on course for a bright future.
YWCA Minneapolis provides an industry-leading teacher-to-infant ratio of 1 to 3-4 at each child care center. 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.
All YWCA Minneapolis lead teachers have a required bachelor’s degree, and many staff are pursuing additional educational credentials. Along with these experienced educators, we provide preschool literacy tutors through our partnership with Minnesota Reading Corps to prepare students to become strong readers and long-term learners.
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 classes through September to May that explore unique styles and cultures.
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 free screenings to access any need for therapeutic services (including occupational, speech or physical therapy) through our partnership with Health Dimensions Rehabilitation.
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 family experience at YWCA Minneapolis Children's Center at Ecolab has been wonderful. We would recommend the program to any parent or family interested.”
“Our experience as parents at YWCA Minneapolis Children's Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been wonderful. We are so grateful for the love and support we get from everyone at the Children’s Center.”
“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.”
“YWCA Minneapolis Children's Center at Downtown is one of the best things to happen to our children! As parents, we find the YWCA Minneapolis Early Childhood Program provides an optimal blend of child care and learning.”
—Geet and Shiva Mittal
“I like how my children have grown and learned so much since enrolling in the YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning. This is my first time putting my children in child care, and I am very satisfied.”
“I didn’t think my child would get the “individualized attention” I thought he deserved. I was completely blown away when after just one week at YWCA Minneapolis Children's Center at Ecolab, the teachers (and I do mean ALL of the teachers) knew my son and our family.”
“My son and daughter are both enrolled in the YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Center at Abbott Northwestern. I’m very happy with the care my children are receiving. There is nothing I can compare to knowing that my children are in a safe place.”
“YWCA Children’s Center at Midtown is such a consistent, positive environment for our kiddos. I’ve been so thrilled with our new school that I wanted to share our experience.”
“As a working mother, child care was something that was of the highest priority to me. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and abilities of the YWCA Early Childhood Education staff.”