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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 Parent Handbook


COVID-19 Response Update:

The Early Learning Center remains open for children of essential personnel. We provide calm and routine during these difficult times. We are currently accepting applications for children ages one (and walking) to pre-K. Please contact our ELC Director at (785) 233-1750 for more information.

ELC Enrollment Application
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 Summer Camp

YWCA Kids Quest Summer Camp provides a safe, secure, positive and nurturing environment for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Children grow, discover, build confidence, enrich education and form friendships in our program.

Where: Whitson Elementary School, 1725 SW Arnold Ave, Topeka

When: June 6 – July 29, 2022, Monday – Friday 7 AM to 5:30 PM

Weekly Tuition: $125 per student per week with a $20 enrollment fee ($30 for 2 or more children), plus a $55 activity fee. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are provided daily.

Registration Opens March 16th

Starting March 16th (March 14th for current Kids Quest families), you can pick up an application packet in-person at the YWCA Northeast Kansas office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are located at 225 SW 12th Street in Downtown Topeka. Park and enter on the north side of the building. 

All activity fees and the first week of tuition are due along with completed application packet prior to enrollment. Space is limited to the first 45 enrollments. Enrollment is final once confirmed by the KQ Coordinator. Part-time enrollment is accepted IF space allows. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify. Contact KQ Coordinator for scholarship information.

Questions? Email Maggie Babinka-Repic, Youth Services Director, or call (785) 233-1750. YWCA Northeast Kansas, 225 SW 12th Street, Topeka.

Kids Quest Before and After School Program

We look forward to having your child join us! The 2021-2022 Kids Quest Before and After School program application is now available for registration at our office on SW 12th St. If you are unable to visit us in person, please contact Maggie Babinka-Repic, Youth Services Director, to make other registration arrangements.

Due to COVID 19 we have adjusted our programming to ensure the safety of children, staff and families. We are offering AM and PM services as one package (AM/PM). All children will be enrolled in both services even if they only attend the morning or afternoon.

Before school: Mon-Thur: 7:00 am – 8:10 am & Fri: 7:00 am – 9:10 am

After school: Mon – Fri: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Snack provided

$75 / week per child (billed every 2 weeks)

Enrollment fee: $20 per child, for 2 or more children $30

How can I enroll my child?

Step 1: Visit our office (225 SW 12th Street in Downtown Topeka) to complete the state forms, parent agreement and pay whole or first half month tuition

Step 2: Verify your start dates.

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

AttentionYour 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.

Enrollment for Kids Quest for the 2022-23 school year will begin on Wednesday, July 13th.

School Days Out

January 21, 2022: There are 60 spots available for the School Days Out program on January 21, 2022, which will be held at Whitson Elementary from 7:30am to 5:30pm. Families must reserve their spot by February 15. There are only 60 spots available.

Registration and Fees
For current Kids Quest families, the fee is $20 per child. All other families: $30 per child. A snack is included, but students are expected to arrive having eaten breakfast, and bring their own sack lunch.

To request a spot for School Days Out, email Maggie Babinka-Repic, Youth Services Director, or call (785) 233-1750.

Would you like to make a payment through the E-Z Care Parent Portal? Log in here.

First time using E-Z Care? Click here for detailed E Z Care Parent Portal Instructions.

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 through E-Z Care, please log-in through the Parent Portal. For instructions on the E-Z Care Parent Portal, click here. To find out your current account balance please contact Tammy Miles, 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.

Kindergarten Academic Preparedness Program (KAPP)

YWCA “Power Up” Summer Program for Topeka Public School Incoming Kindergarteners (KAPP) is now enrolling! This program is for children who will start kindergarten in August 2021 who have little to no preschool experience. We will prepare your child for how school works and teach them academic and social skills.

  • Dates: June 14, 2021 – July 20, 2021
  • 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Located at Williams Elementary (Very limited bussing is available)
  • YWCA KAPP is free.
  • Please have applications submitted by May 19th. For more information, click here or contact: Rebecca (or
    Becky) Trapp-Márquez at 785-235-7131 (office).

KAPP is provided by YWCA Northeast Kansas in collaboration with Topeka Public Schools and is funded by the United Way of Greater Topeka.


YWCA Programa de preparación académica de kindergarten (en español)

Este programa es para niños que comenzarán el kindergarten en agosto de 2021 y que tienen poca o ninguna experiencia preescolar. Prepararemos a su hijo para el funcionamiento de la escuela y le enseñaremos habilidades académicas y sociales. Empieza el formulario de solicitud KAPP aqui.

  • 14 de junio de 2021 – 20 de julio de 2021
  • 8:00 – 12:30 en Williams Elementary
  • YWCA KAPP es gratis.
  • Por favor envíe las solicitudes antes del 19 de mayo. Para más información contacte Rebecca (o
    Becky) Trapp-Márquez 785-235-7131 (officina).
KAPP Application