Early Learning, Child Development, & Education Programs

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Our Philosophy

At YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, we see high-quality early learning as a door that opens up a lifetime of opportunity for our students and their families, which in turn helps transform our entire community for the better.


Our Early Learning Centers are rated Keystone STAR 4, the highest available rating in Pennsylvania. The Keystone STARS system rates child care programs on standards including how well staff are trained and the quality of the learning environment.


We work with the University of Pittsburgh's P.R.I.D.E. program to provide continual anti-racism training for our educators and we always encourage students to pursue their dreams free from gendered stereotypes.


In addition to employing a dedicated Family Engagement Specialist, we work with the University of Pittsburgh's P.R.I.D.E. program to provide extra support for parents of color to help students develop a positive view of their heritage and community.

Our Programs

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh operates Early Learning Centers in our Homewood-Brushton location at 6907 Frankstown Ave and at Propel Braddock Hills at 1500 Yost Blvd, Ste 3. Our Homewood-Brushton Location offers Infant & Toddler Care, Pre-K Counts, and Summer Camp. Our Braddock Hills location offers Pre-K Counts. Braddock Hills families also have the option to participate in Summer Camp, which is located at the Homewood-Brushton facility.

Ages: 6 weeks to 2 years

Location: Homewood-Brushton Early Learning Center

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.

Ages: 3 to 5 years

Locations: Homewood-Brushton Early Learning Center and Propel Braddock Hills

YWCA 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.

Ages: Pre-K to 3rd Grade

Location: Homewood-Brushton Early Learning Center

Please note: Though located in Homewood, our Summer Camp is open to both Homewood-Brushton and Braddock Hills families.

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.


Call us at (412) 361-3433 to set up an appointment and bring your completed materials with you. Questions about Pre-K Counts and Infant & Toddler Care admissions can be directed to Cheryl Smith at csmith@ywcapgh.org or call  (412) 365-1910.

Policies and Procedures

Parent Engagement

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 Early Learning, Child Development, & Education programs are following special precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit our profile at Allegheny Child Care to learn more.