Early Learning Centers
The YWCA of the City of New York has been providing quality, licensed child care in our four city-funded Early Learning Centers (ELC) for women and their families since 1971. Each center is a nurturing learning environment that focuses on the social, emotional, physical and academic development of a child.
By providing mothers access to education-based child care, the YW offers valuable opportunities for women to continue their education, move ahead in their careers and provide a more stable income for their families. While the average cost of child care is easily one of a woman’s leading expenses — more than rent for many — the YW has been able to provide these services for a flexible fee.
All ELCs serve children from two to six years of age and provide three meals a day. All teachers are New York State certified, each staff member has undergone background checks and each site is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Creative Curriculum
The most important component of the YW’s early learning practice is The Creative Curriculum, a proven method of helping the children develop multiple intelligences through creative exploration and hands-on materials. The YW’s goal is to help children develop their highest potential cognitively, creatively, emotionally, physically and socially.
- Cognitive: To help the children grow intellectually through age appropriate and developmental activities. To help them with life skills, problem solving and development skills.
- Creative: To help the children become creative through hands-on materials and creating an outside world inside the classroom.
- Emotional: To help the children feel good about themselves, their environment, their community and their family, and to instill self-confidence.
- Physical: To help the children develop small and large motor skills through developmentally appropriate activities and materials.
- Social: To help each child make friends and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. To help children know and appreciate other cultures through multicultural events.
The Early Learning Centers’ success is primarily dependent upon the generous contributions from individual supporters. Please consider making a donation.
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“Invest in us, we’ll rise to the top! Give us a little, we’ll grow a lot!” was one of many chants heard outside of City Hall on March 28, 2013. The YWCA of the City of New York, alongside Campaign for Children and many others, rallied in protest of the Mayor’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014 — a budget that includes $130 million in cuts to afterschool and early childhood education programs. Read more…
March 29, 2013
The YWCA of the City of New York would like to share our deepest sympathies with the family of Mrs. Gladys Weekes, who recently passed away. Gladys was an active and admired member of the YW community and the day care community. Read more…
June 19, 2012
Yisa Durosimmi is a volunteer and former student at the YW’s Brownsville Early Learning Center who has returned to volunteer in the kitchen in gratitude for the education he received there as a child. Check out the video to hear Yisa talk about his education, interests, and goals. Read more…
April 5, 2012
Recently the YW received a thank you note from a parent of a student at the Roberta Bright Early Learning Center thanking one of our staff members for her dedication to serving nutritional meals that meet the sometimes complicated dietary needs of the students. Read more…
January 19, 2012
Every year the YW’s Elementary After School Programs and Early Learning Centers provide a structured educational day camp for students. Students build social, academic, and leadership skills with a wide variety of activities and field trips. Read more…
August 9, 2011