The Greater Wichita YMCA's Child Development Centers (CDCs) are run by the Y but hosted in area high schools through a partnership with Wichita Public Schools (USD259). Our CDCs foster a warm “extended” family atmosphere in which children feel secure, comfortable and important.
CDCs offer affordable, KDHE-licensed, high quality, child care programs that are customized to meet the needs of the children of parents - still in school and/or working - in an effort of improving the overall outcomes for young families. CDCs provide children (two-weeks-old through their start of school) with a mixture of learning, social, and physical activities that holistically approach education, build confidence, and ensure future success.
The information below is intended to provide an outline of program sites, content, and costs, required paperwork required for enrollment, useful information about our other licensed child care programs, and ways to contact our staff for additional support.
2020-2021 CDC SITES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
EAST HIGH SCHOOL
2301 E. Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67211
HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
5301 N. Hillside Street
Wichita, KS 67219
NORTH HIGH SCHOOL
Wichita, KS 67203
NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL
1220 N. Tyler Road
Wichita, KS 67212
SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
701 W. 33rd Street S.
Wichita, KS 67217
SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL
2641 S. 107th Street E.
Wichita, KS 67201
WEST HIGH SCHOOL
820 S. Osage
Wichita, KS 67213
CDC ENROLLMENT PROCESS
CDC enrollment is ongoing, based on age and availability. Each program site maintains and active wait list.
TO APPLY AND REGISTER
Review the CDC Program Overview, Policies, and Parent Information (below), at any CDC site (once open), or contact our Leadership Team for materials by mail
Contact our administrative office or a CDC site to inquire about openings, discuss your child's needs, verify costs and assistance, and to schedule a visit
Applications/enrollment forms are available IN PERSON at any CDC site, or by MAIL (instructions in Overview Brochure (below))
ALL KDHE paperwork, CDC enrollment forms and support documents, and signed parental policy form are required for enrollment consideration.
Registration is NOT available online or at our Y branch Welcome Desks - it is exclusively available with our CDC staff or by mail to our admin. office.
Greater Wichita YMCA/CDC staff MUST confirm enrollment before children can enter the program, without exception.
Enrollment is based on available space, child developmental readiness, licensing guidelines, and prioritization. Costs are based on classroom assignment.
Children with special needs will be accepted only if enrollment is in the best interest of the child
Income-based pricing and grant funding available for those who qualify (Early Childhood Block Grants, Kansas Pre-K Program, Strong Community Campaign, etc.)
Our licensed programs, including CDCs, accept DCF Child Care Assistance funds through the State of Kansas
Full-day child care services—for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
Monday - Friday from 7AM-5PM when Wichita Public Schools / USD 259 are in-session and, based on need, during in-service and non-teaching duty days
Full- and part-time child care services, based on enrollment, at select Wichita Public High Schools
Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks – provided through USD 259’s Child and Adult Food Care Program – daily
Kansas Early Learning Standards-aligned curriculum and assessments
Financial support including income-based rates are available
Financial assistance for those who qualify and scholarships (through generous YMCA donors), and United Way for eligible families
DCF and other third-party funding accepted
WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL GAIN THROUGH CDC PARTICIPATION?
Our CDC sites are entirely staffed by licensed, trained, child care professionals that are dedicated to developing school-ready and life-ready children. When you choose a CDC for your child you can expect:
Opportunities to sing, read, and talk in a language-rich environment
Skill development in phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary and comprehension
APPROACHES TO LEARNING
Demonstrating curiosity, persistence, attention and communication
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Building trust and forming healthy attachments
Developing impulse control and enhanced social interactions
Fine- and gross-motor skill development
Balance, coordination, and control
Critical, creative, child-sized problem solving through cause and effect
Skill development in classification, patterns, one-to-one correspondence, order and sequence, and numeration
HOW WILL COVID-19 IMPACT YOUR 2020-2021 CDC PROGRAMS?
We are awaiting final confirmation from Wichita Public Schools - and appropriate guidance from the KDHE and other public health authorities - and will provide more information here soon.
The Greater Wichita YMCA—with dozens of programs and services outside of fitness facilities and sports—served 300,000+ in the Wichita-area last year. Learn how your support, through membership or a gift to the Y's Strong Community Campaign, makes a difference.