Since 1868, the YWCA has provided early childhood programs for millions of children across the United States, serving over 200,000 children annually. Childcare and early education programs promote child development and school readiness, are vital for helping parents obtain and retain employment, and prepare our next generations for lifelong learning and success. Today, the primary sources of care and education for young children are childcare, Head Start and pre-kindergarten programs.
Early childhood education programs are vital for community viability and productivity. Childcare is a necessity for many working families. However, for many parents finding affordable, accessible and quality childcare and early education programs is difficult. The YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that moves adults toward economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities so they can succeed in school and in life. Here are just a few examples of YWCA childcare programs.
- YWCA Alton’s (Ill.) Child Enrichment Program is a low cost, high quality, state licensed child care program. The Child Enrichment Program is for children aged five to 12, and provides care in a before and after school setting, stimulating their imagination while engaging them in fun learning activities. The curriculum helps children learn more about the world through discussion of the culture, products, cities and foods of different countries. The children will soon see themselves as global citizens.
- YWCA Central Alabama’s After-School Enrichment Program for Homeless Children is an after-school program for children, living in community shelters. The program provides the extra attention and support they need during the school year by providing them with tutors and academic enrichment activities. YWCA Central Alabama liaises between parents, shelters, and counselors to ensure the academic and emotional needs of the children are met.
- YWCA City of New York’s Early Learning Center Program has provided quality licensed child care for women and their families since 1971. Each center is a nurturing, learning environment focusing on the social, emotional, physical and academic development of children from two to six years old. By providing mothers access to education-based child- care, the YWCA encourages women to continue their education, move ahead in their careers and secure a more stable income for their families.