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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 YWCA’s childcare programming. The pillars are Y’s Kids and Summer Daze.

During the school year, Y’s 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

For the 2019 - 2020 school year, please call for information about prices, availability and enrollment. 319.234.7589.

Space is limited

click here for a printable copy of the 2019-2020 Childcare Information Form

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. For questions about afterschool programming  for preschoolers at Cunningham Elementary, please contact Rachel Scott, Childcare Director.
Preschool childcare is available at the schools on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All-day care is available on Fridays at the YWCA from 6:30am to 6:00pm.







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We are having an
exiting summer

Summer Daze

for children ages 4 - 12


Space is limited

June 10 -
   August 16, 2019

Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm 

Sign up for one week or all of them!

Summer Daze 2019 will be offered in two locations, at the YWCA in downtown Waterloo and at the Annex of Kittrell Elementary School in Waterloo. The Kittrell Annex site will serve all ages, 4 - 12.  At the YWCA, registration is limited to those entering 1st grade and older. 

Cost: $115/week members, $150/week nonmembers
Save money with a youth membership!  $15 a year for children ages 13 and under. When registering, pay a $10 deposit for each week your child will attend, with the remaining balance due before the beginning of each week. A one time, non-refundable $15 activity/supply fee is also due at the time of registration. ($30 maximum per household)

Financial Assistance is available for Summer Daze. Based on household size and income the YWCA gives discounts of either 33% or 66%.  Earlier approval for a different program, such as Y’s Kids, Playdays, swimming lessons, etc., does not automatically apply. Application for financial aid must be made specifically for Summer Daze on or after March 18, 2019.

For our licensed child care programs, the YWCA participates in DHS child care, JPTA, and other alternative funding sources such as those approved for Wrap Around Services through Tri County Head Start. 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. 

All paperwork and fees must be submitted at the time of registration.

* Information Form completed

* Immunization Form

* Physical (required only if child has not completed Kindergarten)

* Membership (waived for DHS and HeadStart families)

* Registration Fee

* Deposit for each week reserved
(waived for DHS and HeadStart

click here for a printable copy of the 2019 Summer Daze Information Form that you will need to complete at the time of registration.