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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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.
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.