Child Care






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      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. Financial Assistance is based on household size and income and participation by youth with special needs is encouraged.


Summer Daze

...more than just childcare

Click here for the information packet: Summer Daze Information Packet

Click here for the registration form: Summer Days Registration Form

You MUST have a copy of the most recent immunization form, signed by your doctor. ALL children wishing to attend need to have this form.

Children who have NOT yet completed kindergarten-- A copy of the most recent physical exam, dated one year or less from the date of registration and signed by your doctor is required.

REGISTER NOW! Registration begins Monday, March 15th. Space is limited!

Summer Daze is for children ages 4-12 looking for an exciting summer!

June 7th - August 13 Monday-Friday, 6:30am - 6:00pm. Sign up for one week or all of them. Dates may change to accommodate snow days and school availability. Summer Daze programming is offered at two locations--the YWCA in downtown Waterloo and an elementary school in Waterloo.


A little bit of this and a little bit of that, a hodgepodge, a collection, a grab bag of fun if you will. Each week will contain exciting opportunities for fun, learning, growth and relationship building.

Weekly themes include H20h my!, Terrific Textiles, Around the World, Ooey Gooey and many more!!

Covid protocols will be maintained at all times. Masks are required; smaller groups and social distancing will be in place; temperature checks.

Cost: $115/week memebers, $150 week non-members

Save money with a children's membership! ($15/year for children ages 13 and under.)

Pay a $10 deposit for each week your child will attend. Weekly balances are due prior to the week(s) your child will attend. A one time, non-refundable $15 ($30 family maxiumum) activity/supply fee will be collected at the time of registration.

*The YWCA is committed to including children with disabilities in our fun summer program.

*YWCA Summer Daze is a State of Iowa licensed child care program.

Summer Daze is partially funded by Cedar Valley United Way and the RJ McElroy Trust.


Parents, the decision of which program to enroll your child in for the summer is important. Please feel free to call with any questions or to arrange a meeting and tour of our building. We truly enjoy sharing our summers with area school-age children and would love the chance to share our program with you, Call Rachel Scott or Mindy Sternhagen for more information at (319)234-7589 ext 224 or ext 238.


YWCA Child Care Financial Aid

Reduced pricing is available for Summer Daze based on household income and size. To see if you might qualify, you may print off a copy of our Financial Aid Form, come to the front desk, or contact one of the YWCA Childcare Directors for more information.

Alternate Funding Sources

As a licensed child care program, Summer Daze participates in DHS child care contracts, JPTA, and other alternative funding sources. However, the YWCA must have written authorization from the funding source before service may begin. No child receiving DHS funds can begin the program without notification of approval from the Department of Human Services. First priority for reserved sports will go to 4-year-old children enrolled in Head Start preschool programs and approved for Wrap Around services.

The YWCA is committed to providing high quality, best practice school age care. YWCA Summer Daze 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.


YWCA Playdays

The YWCA is pleased to offer childcare opportunities on most scheduled days off of school from 6:30am -6:00pm. Any child is welcome to attend Playdays, you do not need to be enrolled in Y's Kids to be able to attend.

Breakfast, lunch and snack provided.

(Children may bring their own if preferred.)

Staff will let you know the swimming days to bring your own swimsuit and towel.

(The YWCA does not provide swimsuits.)


Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins are not allowed. (Your child will not be considered registered until payment is received. Space is limited.)

Registration for Playdays begins on the first business day of the month before scheduled Playdays.

Cost for 2020-2021 Playdays:

$38 members/ $52 nonmemers

Y's Kids- Before and After School

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, and 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. Y's Kids staff have all successfully completed a State of Iowa Criminal Record check as well as a national fingerprinting process.

 For a printable copy of the 2021-2022 Childcare Information Form or you can call (319) 234-7589  and request that a registration packet be mailed to you. Please complete these forms and bring them with you do not mail or email them. 

 Please feel free to print off a Financial Assistance application.


Items to note

Please wear your face mask and follow social distancing while waiting in line

        You must come with your Registration forms completed and have all of the supporting documents required with you.  

        Child care staff will be available to answer questions


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 for 2021 2022 school year.  Registration dates for 2021-2022 school year have yet to be determined. Please check back as they will be updated soon!

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 (to be determined)

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.

      If all elements of registration are completed and approved by noon, your child is eligible to being in the Y's Kids program as early as the following day.

      Financial assistance forms must be fully completed and include all required documentation before your application will be accepted and reviewed. Those forms can be accessed here: Click Here

         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.   

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 require all patrons to wear a facemask while in the building.


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.  


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.

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


Space is limited. Call the YWCA (319) 234-7589 for more information.


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