ywca Minneapolis

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
NAEYC and Parent Aware child care

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.

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Child Care Programs

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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.

Financial Assistance

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. 

Referral Rewards

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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.

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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.