YWCA Greater Cleveland

Early Learning Center

About the ELC | Location & Hours | Staff & Curriculum | Step Up to Quality

YWCA has incorporated therapeutic and additional education services into its early learning center model to better serve children age three to five experiencing homelessness or similar adverse experiences. This innovative trauma-informed model will assess and identify the social-emotional needs of the children, work with families to create goals and case plans, prevent reoccurrence of homelessness, and empower families to achieve and maintain the highest level of self-sufficiency.

  • Innovative - Only model of this type in this part of the country.
  • Quality - All lead teachers are required to have a four-year degree to implement customized education plans and therapies. Rated 3 stars by Step Up to Quality.
  • Supportive – Family engagement specialist ensures family members and/or guardians are equipped with resources to live a quality life.
  • Therapautic – Early childhood mental health consultant focuses on social and emotional needs of the children.
  • Goal – To prepare children for kindergarten and empower families to achieve and maintain the highest level of self-sufficiency.

Times & Locations

The Early Learning Center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and is currently enrolling children three to five years of age. It is conveniently located at 4019 Prospect Avenue in Midtown Cleveland – minutes from downtown and University Circle.

How to Enroll

For more information

Contact Toni McCord


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Tour the ELC How to Enroll


Toni McCord
ELC Director

Cynthia Harrigan
ELC Administrator


“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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