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Early Childhood Education

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Studies show that upon entering kindergarten, children who participate in early childhood education programs demonstrate greater language, literacy and math development than children who go directly from home care to kindergarten.

For more than 100 years, the YWCA has been providing high-quality early childhood education for children ages six weeks to five years while empowering mothers and fathers to pursue their career and educational goals. The Early Learning Center offers a uniquely diverse setting providing child care for families who live and work throughout Greater Cleveland. Experienced educators teach a child-centered curriculum, and children learn from a young age to celebrate differences.

When you visit the Early Learning Center, you will sense right away that this is a happy place – not only for the children, but also for the teaching faculty. Everyone on staff is doing what they love most – working with children and helping families establish a solid educational foundation for their children’s future. The Early Learning Center has been a part of Darlene English’s family for four years.

“I‘ve gotten to know all the teachers here,” English, who has enrolled all three of her children in the center, says. “They are so nurturing and caring. There is no doubt that their top priority is the well-being of my children. I appreciate that so much. I also love that I am welcome to stop in any time; they are all so accommodating.” English admits the convenient location and easy drop-off and pick-up initially attracted her, but the quality curriculum and caring staff has kept her at the YWCA Early Learning Center.

The YWCA is proud that the Early Learning Center has earned a three-star rating by the State of Ohio's "Step Up to Quality" program, indicating it has exceeded the licensing requirements with its evidence-based curriculum, low teacher-child ratios, high teacher education levels, focus on professional development and effective administration practices.

Early Learning Center parents are kept engaged and up to date through a Parent Advisory Council, a monthly newsletter highlighting achievements and daily communication with teachers. “The center is designed to serve as an extension of the home, so we welcome and encourage parental and family involvement. Our success is the result of the partnerships that we form between parents, their children and the teachers,” center director Christine Davis says.

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Vice President of Programs and Operations,


“It’s easier to go back to work when you feel good about the care that your child is receiving.”
- ELC parent


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