Child Care & Education
Uniquely Equipped to Prepare Your Child for Success
High-Quality, Anti-Bias Child Care
Preschoolers at YWCA Minneapolis meet rigorous Early Learning Standards indicating school readiness, eliminating the education gap regardless of race, economics or culture.
In 2017-18, YWCA Children’s Centers exceeded outcomes for 650+ children served:
- 95% demonstrated age-appropriate development
- 94% of YWCA preschoolers entering Kindergarten were proficient in school readiness standards
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.
Child Care Programs
YWCA Children's Center Locations
Our centers are proud to be Four-Star Parent Aware rated and NAEYC-accredited.
Proven Quality Daycare
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.
Refer a family to a YWCA's Early Learning Center and receive $100 off your tuition if they enroll! Plus, the referred family also receives $100 off their tuition.
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 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 infant though preschool are on track with age appropriate development.