YWCA childcare offers quality, affordable childcare for children 2 ½ – 12 years of age, including an all-day preschool and pre-kindergarten, after school programming, and all-day programming for school age children during COVID-19.
All programs include swim time in the YWCA pool to support children’s development of swimming skills and enjoyment of the water. Preschool children take part in two weekly swims, including one day of lessons and one day of unstructured play time in the pool.
YWCA childcare programming provides an affirming and supportive atmosphere for children to learn, play, and develop meaningful friendships. Our preschool and school-age teachers create programming that instills appreciation of diversity and recognizes the importance of children’s unique needs and talents. We believe that our mission to eliminate racism and empower women while promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all starts from the beginning of education and are proud to offer quality, affordable childcare to our community.
The YWCA childcare program accepts State of Maine subsidy vouchers, and scholarships are available for summer camp.
To navigate the Maine’s Child Care Subsidy website, watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Pm0iC5aV2-A
For a walk through of the Child Care Subsidy Application, watch a video here: https://youtu.be/daAjdxy-L64
Please read this letter from the YWCA Director of Childcare Services regarding childcare programs for fall 2020 and updated COVID-19 protocols.
Register now! Call 795-4050 or download the registration forms below.
YWCA Central Maine in collaboration with Lewiston Recreation will provide free remote learning support
Pre-school & Pre-K
The YWCA provides full day preschool for children ages 2 ½ – 4 years of age. We offer three preschool classrooms to meet the different developmental needs of children of different ages.
Our classrooms follow the Maine Learning Standards to offer a curriculum that includes a balance of free play, significant adult and peer social interaction, and engaging programming designed to develop self-esteem and self-awareness in young children and gradually prepare them for entering school. We are happy to announce that our Pre-K classroom will be utilizing the Second Step Early Learning curriculum, which emphasizes social-emotional learning, in the 2020-2021 school year!
Preschool children swim in the YWCA pool twice weekly and receive swim lessons. The program provides breakfast, lunch and snacks daily. YWCA preschool teachers seek to develop meaningful and ongoing connections with the families of children accessing our services. Our teachers incorporate inter-cultural education and appreciation of diversity into their ongoing lesson plans and programming. Preschool programming seeks to be responsive and inclusive to the unique value and needs of each child’s cultural background.
Rates for Pre-School and Pre-K:
Full Time (Monday-Friday): $155 per week
3 Days per Week: $105 per week
2 Days per Week: $70 per week
Extra days available as space permits: $35 per day
Pre-School extended care:
Not currently offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
School Age: Before, After, and All-Day Programs (COVID-19)
The YWCA before, after, and all-day school aged programs serve children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Bus transportation to and from these schools is available: Geiger, Connors, McMahon, Farwell, Montello, and Acadia Academy. Child care is offered from 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday – Friday (there is no extended care during COVID-19).
Before/After School Care: The after school program runs from 2:30-5:30p. Each day, YWCA after school teachers foster a nurturing and affirming atmosphere that allows children to play, learn, and relax after their day at school. We provide healthy snacks, homework help, games, art projects, and outdoor play time. Youth participating in after school care have the opportunity to take part in regular enrichment programming. Programming has included: book groups, dance classes, and girls’ empowerment groups, among other offerings. The YWCA after school program seeks to advance children’s understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity, and intercultural knowledge through positive adult role modeling, educational activities, and celebrations of cultural holidays. The school age childcare program also includes before school care between 7:00am and the start of school.
In addition to the above, we will also be providing distance learning support, as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks, for students who are here for full-day care.
Rates for school-age care:
Current rates (updated for COVID-19 hybrid school models) are available for download here.
Extended care: Not currently offered during COVID-19 pandemic.
School Age: School Vacation Care
The YWCA provides all-day care during school vacations, including November, December, February, and April vacations (excluding: Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and New Year’s Day). Please notes that dates, rates, and availability may change due to all-day and hybrid care provided for school age children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February Vacation Camp: During February break the YWCA offers vacation care that includes programming celebrating the joys of winter. Past activities have included: sledding, ice skating, nature walks, and snow tubing. Children participating in February vacation camp swim every day and go on one special field trip during the week.
April Vacation Earth Camp: Each year April break is earth week at the YWCA. Children participating in April vacation care learn about environmental stewardship and develop appreciation for the richness of Maine wildlife. April Vacation Earth Camp includes a visit from animals and handlers from Chewonki. Past special guests have included: reptiles, owls, birds of prey, and bats, as well as, a visit from beekeepers, an earth worm composter, and the L.L. Bean Boot. Children swim and play outdoors every day during the week.
The YWCA provides summer camp programming throughout the length of summer vacation. Each week of summer camp offers a different theme for children to explore with diverse activities to meet the needs and interests of all participating children. Some of our past themes have included: art, animals and outdoor adventure, circus, and performance. YWCA summer camp includes daily swimming and weekly field trips to beaches and lakes, museums, parks, and other activities. Enrichment programming and special guests that are related to each week’s theme are provided to engage children’s interests and prevent summer learning loss. Children are provided with breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day. Programming is led by young adult camp counselors who bring diverse skills and experiences to the program.
YWCA summer camp is open to all children in first through sixth grade.