For currently enrolled parents:
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO FALL PARENTS:
Since the Gahanna and Westerville school districts announced a move to 100% remote learning for the start of the school year, our Kids Place programs will not operate a before/after school program. BUT, if you need care for your child(ren), please check back in the coming days. We are surveying parents to determine if a need exists for full day programming and classwork assistance in the communities we serve. If the demand for full day care supports it, we are looking at options to serve that need. As we know more, we will post additional information on this website over the next few days.
For before and after school programming, once there is a plan in place by the Districts to reopen, we will update you accordingly.
If you are a kindergarten parent, please continue to check our website for updates.
We know this is a challenging time, and we thank you all for your patience!
The YWCA Kids Place Family
Register for Fall 2020-2021 :
ON A MISSION TO INSPIRE LIFELONG LEARNING
YWCA Kids Place has more than 30 years of experience providing affordable, dependable, and high-quality year-round child care for families in the Gahanna and Westerville school districts. Our programs are conveniently located in your child’s elementary school to promote consistency and continuity for your child’s transition from school to Kids Place.
All of our programs are Step Up to Quality star-rated, using a comprehensive curriculum that includes choice-based learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), social-emotional development, and physical fitness. Additionally, in lock-step with the mission of YWCA Columbus, social action and advocacy are promoted by participating in community service projects that benefit non-profit programs in the community.
Our Program Focus
Choice Based Learning
Kids Place programs are planned with choice-based, student-led activities. Studies show that when students have some control over their learning they make more positive choices in the classroom due to increased confidence levels.
STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, is an all-encompassing curriculum structure that allows Kids Place programming to support students academically.
We encourage individual growth and empowerment through social emotional learning. Students learn to manage their emotions, set goals, express empathy, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Every day students engage in 30 plus minutes of physical activity. Whether playing gym games, exploring different sports, or having time to run and laugh with friends, they are given the time and space to have active fun to explore just being kids.
Highly Trained Staff
Our staff are highly trained to ODJFS safety and development standards, engage in regular professional development to ensure Step Up to Quality standards, and ten hours of additional professional development. Proudly, our directors and administration has over 185 years combined experience.
Your Child’s Safety is Our Priority
YWCA Kids Place takes the safety of the children we serve very seriously. We have worked with the Gahanna and Westerville school districts to ensure doors are locked during program times. We work with local police and fire departments to provide guidance in safety measures and training for staff, including emergency drills for students. YWCA Kids Place programs are licensed by and subject to inspections through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Additionally, prior to employment with YWCA Columbus, all Kids Place employees complete a background check, physical, drug screen, and education verification.
Thank you for your support.
When you enroll your child in YWCA Columbus Kids Place Programs, you are not only receiving high-quality child care, but you are also making a difference in the lives of homeless women and families in your community. This year, because of you:
37,000 meals were served
to homeless families
506 families in crisis
obtained emergency shelter
17 women and girls graduated
from leadership programs
Staff That Care
Program Administrator - Gahanna
Program Administrator - Westerville
We take pride in our staff. Join our team.
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YWCA Kids Place Parent
For Perspective Parents
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