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  black hawk county

      425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, IA 50703  phone: 319.234.7589




Child Care

Providing a safe, warm and caring environment for school-age children has long been the foundation of the YWCAs childcare programming. The pillars are Ys Kids and Summer Daze.

During the school year, Ys Kids provides care before and after school at nine Waterloo elementary schools, plus sites in Cedar Falls and Hudson. Summer Daze is the all day program held through the summer.

The YWCA childcare team also works with Tri-County Head Start to create Wrap-Around Service that offers all-day care to Head Start participants.

Playdays for Christmas and Spring Break, conferences, etc. are another service provided. Advance registration for Playdays is required.

Each of these childcare programs offers positive adult role models, educational opportunities and fun for the children. Scholarships are based on household size and income and participation by youth with special needs is encouraged.

Y's Kids- Before and After School

Registration begins 7:00 a.m., May 1 for the 2017-2018 school year.

click here for a printable copy for the 2017-2018 Childcare Information Form

For the current school year, 2017 - 18, please call for information about prices, availability and enrollment. 319.234.7589

click here for a printable copy of the 2017-2018 Information Form
that you will need to complete at the time of registration

The YWCA Y's Kids Before and After School program is designed to meet the needs of parents whose schedules do not coincide with their children's school day. Although there will be time for homework and academic assistance, Y's Kids is a time for the children to unwind, relax, be creative, and enjoy the company of friends in a safe and friendly environment with positive caring adult role models. Y's Kids programs are in compliance with the State of Iowa child care regulations and the State Fire Marshal. Y's Kids staff are certified in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions and are trained as mandatory reporters of child abuse.

Our Y's Kids Programs are held at the schools listed below, making Y's Kids convenient for participating parents. A nutritious breakfast and snack are provided each day. Programs run from 6:30am to when school begins and from the time school dismisses until 6:00pm. The Y's Kids program begins earlier on Wednesdays that have a scheduled early dismissal. You can register for care before school, after school, or both.

School Age (Kindergarten and older)
The YWCA provides before and after school care for school age children at Highland, Irving, Kingsley, Kittrell, Lincoln, Lou Henry, Lowell in Waterloo, at Hudson Elementary, and serving Hansen, Lincoln and North Cedar Elementary in Cedar Falls. After school programming is offered at Cunningham Elementary in Waterloo.

The YWCA provides before and after school childcare at the following elementary schools: Elk Run, Highland, Kittrell, and Lincoln, and afterschool programming at Cunningham Elementary. Preschool childcare is available at the schools on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. All-day care is available on Wednesdays at the YWCA from 6:30am to 6:00pm.





  black hawk county






a big


to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare!

As our partner, they provide a nutritious lunch and snack every Wednesday for the children participating in the YWCA Pre-K childcare program.

We couldn't do it without you!
Thanks for partnering with us!

See a short video about this program,-  follow this link.

Y's Kids is partially funded by Cedar Valley United Way, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and
RJ McElroy Trust.


















Summer Daze

for children ages 4 - 12
looking for an exciting summer!
Click here for Registration info!
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Reduced Pricing is available for YWCA childcare based on household size and income.
To see if you might qualify, please ask for a financial aid application form at our front desk.

Financial Aid for Summer Daze must be made specifically for Summer Daze after March 14, 2016. Earlier approval for a different program, such as Ys Kids, Playdays, swimming lessons, etc., does not automatically apply. Application for financial aid for Y's Kids for the 2016-2017 school year must be made specifically for Y's Kids after May 1, 2016.

For our licensed childcare programs, the YWCA participates in DHS childcare contracts, JPTA and other alternative funding sources.

YWCA childcare programming is designed to meet the specific needs of elementary-age students based on National Afterschool Association Standards for quality afterschool programs.

All area school age kids are welcome. If your child has special or individual needs, the YWCA is prepared to meet them completely and respectfully.  Please call for more information.
















YWCA of Black Hawk County
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Revised: November 16, 2017