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        425 Lafayette St. Waterloo, IA 50703    phone: (319) 234-7589   email:

Have you seen our Fall Brochure yet? Check out what events and programs we have available this season here!


Our 2021 Fall Fundraiser:
                The YWCA Wall of Money


As the YWCA Black Hawk County continues its commitment to ensuring the health and wellness of our community, we are holding our 2nd Wall of Money Fall Fundraiser! How does it work? Its easy. Between September 7, 2021 and October 15, 2021, the Wall of Money and its cards will be on display in our lobby with monetary values written on each of them from $1 to $200.

You have two options for participating:

1) Stop in to the YWCA and choose a card with the amount you wish to donate, then take it, along with your donation to our front desk. Cash, check, or credit card are accepted.

2) Not coming into the YWCA no problem! Just call Mary or Amber at (319) 234-7589 and tell them the amount you wish to donate. They will assist you and you can print off this slip to mail in with your donation.

Heres the amazing part if all two hundred cards are taken, you all will have raised $20,100 for YWCA programs!

You will be able to track our progress by following us on Facebook or you can call Mary or Amber for an update. If you have a donation amount in mind, but it is already taken, no worries, just call and they will help you put it together. We would love your support in this years fall fundraiser!

100% of your donation supports the programs and services provided by YWCA Black Hawk County.


15th Annual YWCA Women of Persimmon  

Persimmon, the orange color YWCAs across the United States have chosen to symbolize the strength and confidence of women. We all know extraordinary women who make a positive difference in our lives and community. On Thursday, April 22, the YWCA Black Hawk County celebrated these women at our 15th Annual Cedar Valley Women of Persimmon. To ensure the health and safety of our community, the YWCA decided to not have the in-person luncheon. Instead, a small gathering of nominees, nominators, and their guests, was held and videoed, to announce recipients of the award.

Please see our Facebook page for a video of this year's event.



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 Kaylee at 319-234-7589 ext. 233 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.



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

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 County

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.