Child Care & Education
Uniquely Equipped to Prepare Your Child for Success
YWCA Minneapolis is the largest nonprofit provider of nationally NAEYC accredited early childhood education in the state of Minnesota!
Over 90% of children at YWCA Minneapolis meet school readiness indicators, compared with 73% of their peers in Minnesota.
YWCA's mission of "Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women" starts with our youngest participants – children in our classrooms who benefit from the supportive and diverse culture created by using an anti-bias curriculum to guide all of our care procedures.
Proven Quality Child Care
YWCA Minneapolis' Downtown Child Care Center is featured on NAEYC's site as an "exemplary program" for Family Engagement. Our Four-Star Parent Aware rating demonstrates our excellence in the use of practices to best prepare children for kindergarten.
YWCA Minneapolis welcomes families who receive funds from:
- CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program)
- Pathway I Scholarships
Please contact us regarding financial assistance opportunities that may be available.
What Makes Us Stand Out?
- Industry-leading teacher-to-infant ratio of 1 to 3 at our daycare centers
- Whole-child learning approach covers social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, and promotes self-esteem
- Follows the Early Learning Manual, a child-initiated, anti-bias curriculum
- Early Childhood Education Specialist assists with child assessments, behavior guidance, curriculum and family resources
- Lead teachers have a required bachelor’s degree; many staff are pursuing additional educational credentials
- Preschool literacy tutors are available through a partnership with Minnesota Reading Corps
- Free one-year Health and Wellness family membership for each newly enrolled family
- YWCA Minneapolis Health and Wellness facilities onsite
- Swimming lessons are part of our preschool curriculum and are offered September through May (select locations, based on staff availability)
Enrichment and Culture
- On-site music classes by the MacPhail Center for Music are offered September through May
- Regular visits to local community sites including, Minneapolis Central Library, Loring and Greenway Parks, Farmer’s Markets, outdoor concerts, seasonal displays and more
- Family events provide social, cultural and recreational opportunities
- Infant formula, baby food, and all other food (breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack) are prepared fresh on site each day
- Nutrition program focuses on whole grains, whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, ethnically diverse foods
- Menus aim to minimize sodium, sugar, saturated fats, food dyes and artificial ingredients
Communication and Support
- Daily parent-teacher communication and regular conferences
- Research-based, developmentally appropriate assessments completed at regular intervals
- Free screenings and ability to access assessment and therapeutic services (occupational, speech and physical therapy) on-site through partnership with Health Dimensions Rehabilitation
- Annual on-site kindergarten screening through the Minneapolis Public Schools (can be used for enrollment in any Minnesota school district)
Additional YWCA Daycare Benefits
- Tuition payment options
- Opportunities to participate in regular early childhood education advocacy and public policy events
- YWCA’s commitment to eliminating racism and empowering women
- Kindergarten Readiness: Over 90% of children at YWCA Minneapolis meet school readiness indicators, compared with 73% of their peers in Minnesota