The Greater Wichita YMCA's Early Learning Centers (ELCs) are hosted in our Y branches but staffed and managed entirely by our Child Care and Camp branch staff. ELCs offer an atmosphere for learning and fun where children and families feel secure, comfortable, and important.
ELCs 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, required paperwork, useful information about our other licensed child care programs, and ways to contact our staff for additional support.
Full-day child care services—for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (as spots are available)
6:30AM-6PM, Monday through Friday (except major and traditional holidays) from throughout the year
Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided 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) are also available
DCF third-party funding accepted
WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD GAIN THROUGH ELC PARTICIPATION?
Our ELC sites are entirely staffed by licensed, trained, child care professionals that are dedicated to developing school-ready and life-ready children. When you choose an ELC 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 ELC PROGRAMS?
While we have made a number of changes to the procedures and daily operations to support a clean, healthy, safe environment - our ELCs are running at this time.
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.