GREATER WICHITA YMCA 

UPDATE - WATER PARKS CLOSED TODAY TH. 8/6

Our NORTH Y and NORTHWEST Y Water Parks will be closed today.Our indoor pools are open as scheduled.

EARLY EDUCATION CENTERS

Children absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. The Greater Wichita YMCA believes the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success:

  • Babies develop bonds of trust and a greater sense of security
  • Toddler’s language skills blossom and independence grows
  • Preschoolers develop critical social- and cognitive skills

Our KDHE-licensed child care programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of young children. We offer two settings for full-day, early education centers:

Both environments offer:

  • Daily coverage, up to ten hours/day, based on school calendar (CDCs) and excluding major holidays and staff/professional development days (ELCs)
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks for all participants daily
  • Kansas Early Learning Standards-based curriculum and program elements with trained staff and certified program leadership
  • Access to additional programs and activities for children and parents/guardians 
  • Income-based pricing with grant funding available for those who qualify (Early Childhood Block Grants, Strong Community Campaign, etc.) available
  • All licensed programs accept DCF Child Care Assistance funds through the state of Kansas

Children served in either environment become school-ready - academically and socially - and will learn how to be their best selves as children and students in the short term and for their lives ahead.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (CDCs)

  • LOCATIONS Wichita's East, Heights, North, Northwest, South, Southeast, and West Highs
  • AVAILABLE Monday-Friday, 7AM-5PM
  • ENROLLMENT August-May (prioritized for USD259 students, faculty, and staff and Y staff)

EARLY LEARNING CENTERS (ELCs)

  • LOCATIONS Our Dr. Jim Farha ANDOVER, EAST, and Richard A. DeVore SOUTH branches
  • AVAILABLE Monday-Friday, 6:30AM-6PM
  • ENROLLMENT Year-round enrollment, subject to availability

OTHER LICENSED CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

In addition to early education centers, we offer before- and after-school care and day- and week-long camps throughout the year:

BETTER TOGETHER AT THE Y

The Greater Wichita YMCA offers hundreds of ways to bring our community together including:

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