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                    425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, IA 50703  phone: 319.234.7589*   

Honor Extraordinary Woman: YWCA Women of Persimmon Award


The 15th annual Women of Persimmon awards recognizes women and organizations who work to create opportunities for women and girls and improve the lives of all who live in the Cedar Valley community.  These women and organizations exemplify the mission of the YWCA - to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 


To see a list of the nominees please click here!



Winners announced on Thursday, April 22, 2021 virtually via social media platform.


If you did not receive a Spring Brochure and would like to have a look at what events and programs we have available; please click here!



Summer Daze

...more than just childcare

Summer is fast approaching and we will begin taking registration for Summer Daze beginning March 15th! Spaces are limited. For more information see: Summer Daze Information



Wall of Money

Because YOU donated to our Wall of Money, we raised $15,042 to support the programs and services we provide right here in Black Hawk County.


While our "Wall" still had some cards left on it at the end, we are thankful for all who supported our first "no-event event." Everyone had fun participating and watching our progress and stayed healthy and safe doing it.

Thank you again for making our first Wall of Money fundraiser a success and thank you for your support of the YWCA!



YWCA Ys Kids Before & After School Childcare Program

Available Staff Positions


School year positions are available in YWCA Ys Kids Before and After School Child Care Program. Provides professional, safe, respectful, activity-oriented, age-appropriate child care programming for preschool and elementary school aged children.


Work 6-29 hours per week depending on your availability with several different work schedules available.

Work Hours differ depending on site you are placed at and your availability.


Qualifications: Education and/or experience working with children and youth.

Must successfully pass the State of Iowa criminal and child abuse background check for childcare providers.


To apply:

Send application or resume to

Child Care Directors,


425 Lafayette St,

Waterloo, IA 50703


Or email to: or 

Do not apply on Facebook, please mail or email your application or resume.




New Registration Dates for

YWCA Ys Kids Before and After School Child Care Program


To ensure the health and well-being of YWCA participants and the community; the YWCA has reviewed its registration process and rescheduled the dates to register for Ys Kids Before and After School Child Care program.  Registration dates/times will be by the school. 

Below are the Ys Kids Registration Dates for 2021-2022 School Year:

Dates will be posted as soon as they become available. Stay tuned!

Space is limited. When a program becomes full, a waiting list will be established in the order received.


How To Register / Enroll

         Registration must be done in person at the YWCA on the date and time assigned to your childs school; will be announced.    See building entry instructions below. These instructions will be strictly adhered to and failure to do so may result in you not being able to register at the time you are there.

Do Not Mail or Email Registration Forms mailed or emailed registrations will not be accepted.

         A $15 registration fee and a $15 YWCA annual membership fee (per child) are due at time of registration. These
fees are non-refundable.

         You must present your fully completed Childcare Information Form before we can accept your registration.

         Registration for Preschool students also require a copy of the most current immunization record and physical for each preschool child.

         Financial assistance forms must be fully completed and include all required documentation before your application will be accepted and reviewed.

         Families using an alternate funding source such as DHS, JPTA, Head Start, etc., must have written authorization for services before the time of registration.

 Registration forms are available for you to complete and bring with you to the YWCA.  You can downloaded a printable copy here
 or you can call (319) 234-7589 and request that a registration packet be mailed to you.

Please complete all necessary forms and bring them with you. 

Do not plan to complete forms when you arrive at the YWCA.  You will not be allowed to complete forms upon your arrival for registration.  If you do not arrive with forms already completed, you will be asked to leave and complete forms and return to YWCA when they are complete and ready.


Only one person per family can come to the YWCA to register and everyone must follow social distancing recommendations as marked outside and inside the YWCA.  Likewise, individuals coming to the YWCA to register will be COVID screened. We highly recommend that you wear a facemask.

Building Entry Instructions:

         To ensure a safe environment for all and appropriate social distancing, please park in the parking lot on the west side of the YWCA building. 

         Persons registering children must enter the YWCA by the back door on the north side of the YWCA.  Staff will be there to direct you through the building to the front desk where you will complete the registration process.  Staff will then direct you to exit YWCA through doors on Lafayette Street.

 Space is limited. Call the YWCA (319) 234-7589 check availability at your childs school.

 Please follow our Facebook page and check our website regularly for updates on registration!


Ys Kids Locations:

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, and Lowell in Waterloo, at Hudson Elementary and at Hansen, Lincoln, and North Cedar Elementary Schools in Cedar Falls. After school only child care is offered at Cunningham Elementary in Waterloo. 



The YWCA provides before-and-after preschool childcare at the following Waterloo elementary schools: Elk Run, Highland, Kittrell, and Lincoln. After preschool childcare is offered at Cunningham Elementary. Preschool child care is available at the schools Monday - Thursday. All-day care is available on Fridays at the YWCA from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Child care for preschool students attending Hudson Elementary is available either before the morning program or after the afternoon program only.   

Child care for preschool students attending Hudson Elementary is available either before the morning program or after the afternoon pr

YWCA Health & Wellness Services Participants  To ensure the safety and well-being of participants and staff, we are starting with a limited number of class offerings and limited class sizes to ensure appropriate social distancing between individuals.  We are continuing to work on our plan to be open longer hours and offer more classes.


Below please find information regarding our opening and your return to YWCA:

All classes/lessons subject to change or cancellations

YWCA Premium or Basic plans or Health Insurance plans will only be accepted as payment for adult classes (no class plans accepted at this time except for youth swimming lessons)

Class sizes are limited as are class choices and schedules

Please do not come to the YWCA if you:

Have had contact with anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Have fever of 100.3 or higher

Have a cough or shortness of breath

Have traveled in the past 14 days

No day passes/coupon passes available or accepted for use at this time

Social distancing of 6 feet must be followed including in classes.

For all appointments, classes and lessons, arrive no more than 5-10 minutes before starting time and leave immediately after class, lesson or appointment ends

When entering the building, please use either the back door, or the front door and the elevator to go to the lower level to check in and out at the Control Center

You will be asked Covid-19 questions and your temperature will be taken at the Control Center before attending class

Limit interactions in common areas (main lobby, hallways, locker rooms, etc.). Please do not congregate before or after your class

We require the use of masks in our facility before and after activities and when in the common areas

No towel services will be provided

Please bring your own towels

Locker rooms limited to changing only after adult water classes (2 at a time). 

Shoes are required when entering or exiting pool area and before exiting locker room

Only one adult may accompany a child to swimming lessons and you must sit in the designated chairs in the hallway by the pool.

Body Shop by appointment only (45 minute max/day, 3 people max in Body Shop at once) contact Syd or Anna for more information

Lap Swim is by appointment only (M, W, F 6:30 am - 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -12:15p.m.; T, Th 7:15a.m. - 8:15a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -12:15 a.m.)

Water Aerobics and Silver Sneakers will be scheduled by contacting Syd or Anna

Water fountains will be available for filling bottles only, please bring your own clean water bottle.

All frequent high touch areas and areas where staff and/or participants have been will be sanitized by staff after use

Sanitizing stations and wipes will be provided to participants for their convenience

To ensure the safety of our participants and staff, staff will be following stringent personal safety and cleanliness protocols including regular hand washing, COVID survey, temperature check, wearing face masks (except while teaching) etc.  

All protocols and rules have been instituted to ensure your health and safety - failure to follow YWCA protocols/rules will result in the termination of your participation in YWCA programming and No refunds will be issued for membership or class/lesson registration fees.


Contact Syd at 319-234-7589 ext. 233 or Anna at ext. 234 for any questions and/or feedback you may have


Remember - The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic.  COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact.  As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and other precautions to keep yourself and your families safe and well.  While the YWCA has put in place protocols and schedules as preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; the YWCA cannot guarantee that you or your family are not at risk while attending programming here or that you will not become infected with COVID-19.




Because the health and safety of our community is important to the YWCA, we wanted to let you know that due to COVID-19 conditions, we have decided to cancel this years Women of Persimmon luncheon. 

The nominations were reviewed by our committee and recipients chosen before the restrictions of COVID-19; so please watch our Facebook page and website for information regarding the celebration of this years nominees and award recipients.  

Women of Persimmon is not only a celebration of extraordinary women, it is also an important fundraising event for the YWCA each year.  The reservations and donations received for the event support the programs and services provided by the YWCA right here in Black Hawk County. 

 Your Donation Will Make A Difference By:

         Supporting a child to learn to swim and be safe in the water.

         Supporting an adult to know their numbers, be more active and live a healthier lifestyle.

         Providing financial assistance needed for a child to access before and after school child care.

         Helping a mother be knowledgeable about the development of her children and prepare them for school.

         Assisting an immigrant or refugee family to learn English and integrate more fully into the community.

         Supporting a middle school aged girl to build character, learn about careers and reach her potential.

 100% of your donation will be used to support the programs and services provided by the YWCA.

Your generosity ensures that together we can continue to meet the critical needs of women and families in Black Hawk County.  We would greatly appreciate your support of the YWCA this year with your donation to the Women of Persimmon. 


Below please find a link you can use to make your donation


Thank you for your support!



Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral Contact Information:

(855) 244-5301


Child Care Resource and Referral Flyer:


Survey for a child care referral for Black Hawk County:


Your support is greatly appreciated as we work with our community to do our part in supporting the well-being of our community.


Please watch our Facebook page and website for future YWCA updates.


If you have any questions, please call (319) 234-7589.

Thank You

YWCA Building:
The YWCA front desk will be open Monday and Wednesday 8a.m. -7:30p.m., Tuesday 8a.m.-7p.m.,                             Thursday 8a.m. -7:45p.m., Friday 8a.m. -6:30p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday. You may be able to reach us by phone (319) 234-7589 and the specific staff persons extension number. Staff are also reachable by email if you have their work email address and if not, please use and your email will be forwarded to them.


The Control Center will be open  Monday and Wednesday 6:30a.m. - 5:30p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 6:30a.m. -7pm.,     Friday 6:30a.m. - 4:30p.m., Saturday 8a.m. - 12:30p.m.- Saturday times are only available when swimming lessons are in session. Closed Sunday


We will also be closed May 29th-May 31st in observation of Memorial Day

July 3rd-July 5th in observation of Independence Day

September 4th - 6th in observation of Labor Day

Pool, gym and building room rentals Due to Covid-19, we are not currently renting space to outside groups.

As we all work together as a community to keep everyone safe and well, we understand the frustration and stress that comes with the uncertainty and changes happening daily. We are here, ready to support you in whatever way we can. We are working on options, information and activities that you can use at home, so follow our Facebook page for them. We will forward other community and organization resources to you as well as we receive them some are listed below.

Please know we will keep you updated on all things YWCA via Facebook (, YWCA website ( and mail.

Take care, stay safe, keep well, and follow the CDC guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.
You are all in our thoughts,
Your YWCA Black Hawk Count

Additional resources we will continue to update and post these on our Facebook page as we receive them.
Center for Disease Control -
SilverSneakers - live classes on Facebook. No Facebook membership needed, these classes are open to all. Visit
Child Care Resource and Referral (855) 244-5301
Northeast Iowa Food Bank (319) 874-6840
Operation Threshold - (319) 291-2065
Iowa Workforce Development -
Iowa Workforce Development Unemployment -
House of Hope COVID 19 Rental Assistance Program to assist single moms that have lost jobs or hours due to the COVID19 Pandemic (319) 888-1823
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (319) 874-6840




YWCA Mission Statement

The YWCA Black Hawk County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Our Vision

Cedar Valley women and girls are strong, impactful leaders and instruments of change in their community; creating opportunities and providing resources for all to reach their greatest potential.