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Early Learning, Child Development, & Education Programs

At YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, we believe that quality early learning leads to success in school and a lifetime of opportunity.
A licensed Pennsylvania Keystone STAR 4 Facility, we provide comprehensive, interactive early care and education for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. We provide healthy and nutritious meals and encourage children to think, be creative, and succeed.

Read our Winter 2022 Early Learning Center newsletter here!

  • Infant & Toddler Care  6 weeks – 2 yrs
  • PA Pre-K Counts Program  3 – 5 yrs
  • Summer Camp  Pre-K to 3rd grade
  • That children learn best when we respect their uniqueness
  • In each child’s desire for independence
  • That a physically and emotionally safe child develops trust in their world
  • In the natural creativity of children
  • That children enjoy and benefit from the company of others
  • That children develop their ability to move by moving
  • In families – and we see ourselves as part of each child’s extended family

Children in our programs follow a flexible daily routine that allows each one to advance at their own pace. We offer a rich learning environment that is developmentally appropriate and aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.

We use the ProCare Parent Engagement app to stay in touch with our partner families during the school day. Parents and caregivers download the app to their smartphone to receive updates during the day including the child’s activities, meals, naps and photos or video of the child. Teachers and families can send messages and ask questions as well. We also use this to check the children in and out which allows for a quicker procedure as it can be done on the smartphone or our school’s tablet.

Our Infant and Toddler classes pull from Creative Curriculum – a comprehensive, research-based program designed to guide teachers and caregivers as they implement developmentally appropriate practices and meaningful experiences that nurture learning and development.

YWCA also participates in Pennsylvania’s Pre-K Counts program, which provides high-quality pre-kindergarten services to at-risk three and four year-olds at no cost to families. Following the Big Day for Pre-K curriculum, teachers create a purposeful and fun early-learning environment in a full-day, setting.

YWCA is now accepting applications for Pre-K Counts for the 2022-2023 school year!

(with locations in Homewood and Braddock Hills)

Check out our Pre-K Counts flier and download your application materials at the links below.

Pre-K Counts Application (Homewood) Pre-K Counts Application (Propel) Enrollment Packet

Call us at (412) 361-3433 to set up an appointment and bring your completed materials with you.

*Pre-K Counts applicants should fill out the Pre-K Counts Application AND the Enrollment Packet. Families enrolling in Early Care (Infant & Toddler Classes) only need to fill out the Enrollment Packet.


Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2023 application coming soon!

We are one of a few programs that offers a Summer Preschool program to children 3-5 years of age. We have also expanded our program to include children in Kindergarten-3rd grade (child must have just completed the 3rd grade during the 22-23 school year).

During Summer Camp, children participate in academic remediation, individualized one-on-one and small group learning, and enriching activities designed to increase social and emotional well-being. We partner with community organizations like Reading is FUNdamental, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Citi-Parks, Frick Art Museum, and Y on the Fly to bring exciting summer activities to our students. Summer field trips are supported by Tickets for Kids.

If you need more information concerning our Early Learning, Development, and Education Programs, please contact Cheryl Smith at csmith@ywcapgh.org or (412) 365-1910