GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

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NOTICE - FACE MASKS REQUIRED INSIDE OUR Ys

Face masks (covering nose and mouth) are required while inside our 10 branches and 3 YMCA Farha Sport Centers with few exceptions. Read our full policy for details. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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.

ELC SITES AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Jim Farha ANDOVER YMCA

1115 E. US Highway 54, Andover, KS 67002

PROGRAM DIRECTOR Jackie Tanner

EMAIL or 316.448.1060

EAST YMCA

9333 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67207

PROGRAM DIRECTOR Sherry Syakhasone

EMAIL or 316.685.2059

Richard A. DeVore SOUTH YMCA

3405 S. Meridian Ave., Wichita, KS 67217

PROGRAM COORDINATOR Michaela Wahl

EMAIL or 316.942.9782

ELC ENROLLMENT PROCESS

ELC enrollment is ongoing, based on age and availability. Each program site maintains and active wait list.

TO APPLY AND REGISTER

  1. Review the ELC Program Overview, Policies, and Parent Information (below), at any ELC branch site, or contact our Leadership Team for materials by mail
  2. Contact our administrative office or a ELC site to inquire about openings, discuss your child's needs, verify costs and assistance, and to schedule a visit 
  3. Applications/enrollment forms are available IN PERSON at an ELC or by MAIL (instructions in Overview Brochure (below))

ENROLLMENT NOTES

  • ALL KDHE paperwork, ELC 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 ELC staff or by mail to our admin. office
  • Greater Wichita YMCA/ELC 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 ELCs, accept DCF Child Care Assistance funds through the State of Kansas

ADDITIONAL ELC INFORMATION

WHY CHOOSE AN ELC FOR YOUR CHILD?
  • Full-day child care services—for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (as spots are available)
  • 6:30AM-6PMMonday 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:

  • LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
    • 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
  • PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
    • Fine- and gross-motor skill development
    • Balance, coordination, and control
  • COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
    • 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.

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JOIN THE Y COMMUNITY AND SAVE ON CHILD CARE

Don't join a "gym" - join the Greater Wichita YMCA community for:

  • Full access to TEN area branch locations
  • 850+ "free" Group Exercise classes weekly
  • Priority access to sports and child care
  • Discounts on all programs and activities
  • Notifications for health and wellness programs
  • Access to 2,000+ YMCA locations nationally

FIVE membership types available - all for less than $2/day with income-based pricing for those who qualify.

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