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The high cost of childcare and the diminishing resources for subsidies puts quality childcare out of reach for many families, especially those who are low-income and those who are single-parent families. For single mothers, the high cost of childcare is yet another barrier to economic self-sufficiency. Since 1985, YWCA Kalamazoo has served the community with the Children’s Center, a 4-star high-quality early learning Licensed Child Care Center through the State of Michigan and national accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 2005. The Children’s Center is committed to providing quality childcare at affordable prices so families can work outside the home while their children are safe, learning and having fun.

The YWCA Kalamazoo welcomes children from the ages of 6 weeks up to the year before they enter Kindergarten. The Children’s Center offers high-quality early learning experiences, childcare, and Great Start Readiness Programs. The center is conveniently located in downtown Kalamazoo within walking distance to Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the Arcadia Creek Festival Site. For more information, please contact the YWCA Children’s Center.

Program Components

The YWCA Kalamazoo Children’s Center provides high-quality early learning experiences and education that responds to and enriches a child’s unique social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs. We facilitate nurturing adult-child interaction through a variety of activities and choices that encourage individual development and learning as well as social and emotional growth in an environment that respects diversity.

Lead teachers and trained, experienced childcare providers offer care and learning experiences such as field trips and supportive learning environments with the guidance of research-based curriculum and assessment tools. Through these methods, children explore and develop in areas that include math, language and science. Children also have many opportunities to express themselves through music, art, drama, movement and other physical activities. We use age-appropriate, non-violent and culturally diverse toys, games and equipment.

The Children’s Center supports the close ties between the child and family and recognizes that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society. The philosophy of the YWCA Children’s Center is based on the premise that each child develops at her or his own rate with specific needs and skill abilities. We believe that the process of learning is important and is the best way to build positive self-esteem and a solid beginning to a life of learning.

Additional features:

  • Culturally diverse environment
  • Fenced outdoor play area
  • Indoor gym
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks prepared on site at no additional cost to families
  • CPR and First Aid certified staff
  • Open parent visitation at all times
  • Opportunity for family and program governance
  • Regular communication via newsletter, calendar, and electronic reports
  • Open Monday through Friday from 6:30a.m. to 6:00p.m.
  • School-year and Summer Programming
  • Sibling discounts
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

The YWCA Children’s Center proudly hosts two Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) classrooms serving 32 children prior to their entry into Kindergarten. We offer this high-quality Pre K experience to families who qualify for this state-funded program in addition to families who do not. The Children’s Center is also proud to be a KCReady4’s provider. Being a GSRP and KCReady4’s provider means that children enrolled into the YWCA Children’s Center will receive top-quality experiences, their families will be engaged, and the teaching team is supported through regular professional development and mentoring.

GSRP is a program for children who are entering Kindergarten during the next school yar. This program allows a 1 to 8 teacher to student ratio for more individualized attention. This program, depending on income and other qualifying factors which may be little to no cost for families – dependent on income and other risk factors.

Tuition Rates

The YWCA of Kalamazoo accepts payments from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and YWCA tuition assistance may be available to qualifying families. Please call (269) 342-1519 for more information.

Infant, Waddler, Toddler Programs (6 weeks up to 3 years)
$220 / week

Preschool – Pre K (3 years to 4 years)
$190 / week

Great Start Readiness Program/Pre-K Programming
*Application Required. Costs are dependent of family’s income and other qualifying factors.
Wrap Around Childcare (6:30-8:00am and 3:30-6:00pm): $4.75 / hour
Out of School Programming (Holiday Breaks and Fridays): $38 /day or $190 /week

YWCA Children’s Center Non-Discrimination Policy for Food Service (CACFP)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.