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Our Early Learning, Child Development, and Education Programs are following special precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Click here to view our family welcome packet for more information and visit our profile at Allegheny Child Care.

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 Spring 2021 Early Learning Center newsletter here!

  • Infant & Toddler Care  6 weeks – 2 yrs
  • NEW! Preschool Only Program  3 year-olds
  • PA Pre-K Counts Program  3 – 5 yrs
  • School Age Community Learning Hub  Kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Summer Camp  PreK to 5th 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.

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 2021-2022 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 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

Download our 2021 Summer Camp flyer and enrollment form here!

We are one of a few programs that offers a Summer Preschool program to children 3-5 years of age. New this summer (2021) we will be expanding our program to include children in Kindergarten-5th grade (child must have just completed the 5th grade during the 20-21 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