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Strengthening Families

Our youth services department provides a wide array of child care and activity options to preschool and school aged children. Some of our programs include Kids Quest, Kindergarten Academic Preparedness Program, Girls Night In, School Days Out, FEATS, and our in-house Early Learning Center. For more information about our programs please call 785.233.1750 ext 347.

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” -Margaret Mead

Early Learning Center

YWCA Northeast Kansas is on a mission to provide excellent and affordable childcare in a fun, enriching environment. Our goal is to bolster positive social, emotional and academic development — all while promoting school-readiness.

Preschoolers at YWCA Northeast Kansas meet rigorous Early Learning Standards indicating school readiness, eliminating the education gap regardless of race, economics or culture.

YWCA’s mission of “Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women” starts with our youngest participants – children in our classrooms benefit from a supportive “Love and Logic” curriculum and an emphasis on diversity and inclusion in all of our care procedures. To learn more about openings in our Early Learning Center, contact Chris Hickle, Early Learning Center Program Director: elcdirector@ywcaneks.org

ELC Application and Enrollment Packet

ELC Parent Handbook

Without the YWCA I have no idea how I would be able to support little L. and myself. I am grateful every single day for the work you do! Because of you all, I can drop my child off every morning free of the burden of worry. I have no doubt L. is safe, loved, cared for, watched over, respected, observed, nurtured and encouraged.
Mother of a child in our Early Learning Center

Kids Quest Before and After School Program

We look forward to having your child join us! The Kids Quest Before and After School program application is now available for enrollment.

How can I enroll my child?

Step 1: Complete online enrollment form for each child

Step 2: Visit our office to complete the state forms, parent agreement and pay whole or first half month tuition.

Step 3: Verify your start dates.



Please note: If enrolling more than one child in Kids Quest, an additional application must be completed for each child.

Attention: Your child’s spot will NOT be held until they are fully enrolled. Enrollment is granted when applications are complete and your child is fully enrolled. In order for your child to be fully enrolled, you must complete an Emergency Medical Release form, Financial and Program Guidelines Agreement, Health Assessment, and pay enrollment fees and the first half month of tuition to the YWCA Northeast Kansas. (Must be completed in person at the YWCA 225 SW 12th Street, Topeka, KS 66612)

*For Kindergarten only – Immunization record must also be provided before your child is fully enrolled.

What can my child and I expect during the school year?

Homework Assistance
Each day students in Kids Quest have designated time for academic work. Students receive guidance for homework assignments while those without school work are involved in enrichment activities.
Kids Quest after school leaders implement a unique and interactive physical fitness and healthy living curriculum called “Fit’N’Fun”. Developed specifically to teach children how to make healthier lifestyle choices, Fit’N’Fun is just as fun as it is educational. This 10 week, active curriculum is implemented in the fall and spring semesters.
Child & Adult Care Food Program and After School Snacks
Kids Quest also offers a snack each day to students in the after school program. We strive to provide students with a healthy option 2-3 days per week including fresh fruits and vegetables. All snacks adhere to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Each Kids Quest before and after school program is dedicated to incorporating STEM into their weekly activities. In cooperation with Kansas Enrichment Network, Kids Quest staff is working to increase the number of STEM related activities they do on a weekly basis, enhance the quality of these experiences, and encourage critical thinking in students.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
Each Kids Quest before and after school program is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. All programs have annual licensing compliance reviews to ensure the children are safe and properly cared for in a healthy environment. Information on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment licensing for School Age Programs.
To make a Kids Quest payment or to find out your current account balance please contact Megan Gruber, Business Manager at (785) 233-1750 x218
Kids Quest Application

Kids Quest Summer Camp

We had such a blast during Kids Quest Summer Adventure Camp 2019!


Check back in May 2020 for new information about what we have in store for Kids Quest Summer Adventure Camp 2020.

In 2019, Kids Quest Summer Camp ran June 3 to August 2, 2019, Monday – Friday 7 AM to 5:30 PM and took place at Meadows Elementary School. Weekly Tuition was $100 per student with a $20 enrollment fee ($30 for 2 or more children), plus a $50 activity fee. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack were provided daily.
For additional information about Kids Quest Summer Camp, contact Tamaris Diaz, OST Coordinator, at (785) 233-1750 or (785) 250-6954. The YWCA offices are located at 225 SW 12th Street, Topeka, KS 66612.
To make a Kids Quest payment or to find out your current account balance please contact Megan Gruber, Business Manager at (785) 233-1750 x218

Families Empowered by Additional Teaching of Students (FEATS)

FEATS is an after school tutoring program providing specialized instruction, healthy meals, and community engagement to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We currently have two FEATS programs; one at Ross Elementary and one at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet. Many of the students engaged in FEATS are considered to be at-risk, food insecure, academically challenged, or just need a safe place to go after school.

Ross Elementary FEATS

FEATS at Ross Elementary is brand new in 2018. The funding to provide this program comes from the United Way of Greater Topeka.

Students have direct instruction tutoring three days each week. This tutoring focuses on literacy and mathematics education. YWCA Northeast Kansas, in cooperation with Ross Elementary and the United Way of Greater Topeka, have set goals for the FEATS program to ensure its success:

  • Reduce the number of chronic absences,
  • Reduce behavioral referrals among participating students,
  • Improve students’ attitudes towards math and reading,
  • Increase math and reading state assessment scores
  • Increase the number of students performing at or above grade level in reading and math.

Additionally, two days each week, students participate in extra-curricular activities, field trips, community service work, and team building activities. In March 2016, YWCA partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to offer FEATS students the opportunity to participate in a corporate Bigs program with Advisors Excel. Read more about the partnership and program here.