YWCA of Central Mass, Inc. - Early Education and Care

1 Salem Square
Worcester, MA 01608
Massachusetts US
Phone Number: 
(508) 767-2505 x3025
Full Year
7:30 am-5:30 pm
7:30 am-5:30 pm
7:30 am-5:30 pm
7:30 am-5:30 pm
7:30 am-5:30 pm
Ms. Lucille Gallagher

Empowering Women. Eliminating Racism.

Agency Information
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Teacher to Child Ratio: 

Teacher to child ratio for Infants is 1:3 or 2:7; for Toddlers 1:4 or 2:9; and for Preschool 1:10 or 2:20.

Childcare Agency of the Month Questions

This month's Early Childhood Central's Child Care Agency of the Month for March is the YWCA of Central Massahcusetts.  The YWCA’s child care programs were among the first to receive accreditation by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs in 1989 and has maintained that standard consistently since that time. 

What do you want the children in your care to gain while in your program?: 

The goal of the YWCA’s early care and education program is to provide a high quality care in a warm, nurturing environment that promotes children’s growth and development. Staff strive to empower parents and children by providing an environment that encourages social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. The curriculum provides intentional teaching while supporting the development of key skills: problem solving, critical thinking, communication, social skills and relationship building.

What sets your Agency apart from the other area Agencies?: 

The YWCA of Central Massachusetts, founded in 1885, has a long history of bringing together (and serving) women, children and families of all races, socio-economic levels, religious backgrounds, etc. Today, the YWCA remains steadfast in its commitment to its mission - eliminating racism and empowering women - structuring many of its programs to support the principles it embraces. It works proactively and collaboratively to identify and address the needs of Worcester's diverse community by helping individuals and families achieve their full potential and to enrich the quality of their lives.

The YWCA’s early care and education program was one of the first early childhood education programs in the city to become accredited. The agency takes great pride in its teaching staff, many whom have worked diligently over the past few years to further their education. They are dedicated professionals creating nurturing learning environments, strong bonds with families and communities, while providing meaningful educational experiences for their students.

The program uses Teaching Strategies Gold Version of Creative Curriculum to assess every child’s developmental progress as well as the classes’ to determine their readiness for learn and for kindergarten.

Additionally, the YWCA’s preschool program provides gym and swim to students. Once a week children receive a 30-minute American Red Cross swim lesson that focuses on them getting comfortable in the water, and a 30-minute gym program called Jumpin’ Gym-a-Knees implemented by a certified instructor who sets up obstacle courses, monkey bars, and tumbling mats to improve their gross motor skills.

Do you have the resources to accept special needs children?: 

The YWCA does all it can to accommodate families with children who have special needs.

What is your Agency’s educational philosophy?: 

The YWCA’s early education and care program’s philosophy is to engage all aspects of a child’s development – emotional, social, physical, cognitive, creative and aesthetic. The program fosters learning through discovery and involvement and provide child-centered environments which encourage children to progress. Teachers plan intentional, appropriate activities and experiences to meet each child’s educational goals and objectives.

Have you had an “aha” moment with a child and/or a surprising result from the use of a classroom activity?: 

“Before I became the Center Director I used to teach preschool. Watching my students learn to swim was a joy. The trust they build with the instructor along with the positive interaction, and confidence they develop are important lessons. In addition to teaching kids how to be safe in the water, the YWCA hopes to create a lifelong love of swimming.”

Is there anything else about your Agency that you would like to be mentioned?: 

The YWCA’s early education and care program is designed to spark children’s natural curiosity and to encourage true learning. The Center has an active parent committee that assists with the program while providing feedback and recommendations.

The YWCA was selected as a recommeded organization to social impact investors by Social Impact Research (SIR) in 2010, the independent resarch department of Root Cause, Inc. The YWCA of Central Massachusetts was one of 21 high-performing organizations selected from more than 140 center-based school readiness programs working with at-risk children in Massachusetts that uses an approach that focuses on three key areas: an education-focused curriculum strong parent involvement, and community partnerships that provide supplementary services to children.

After School Programs: We have 2 programs, both are off site.  One program is located at Roosevelt School on Grafton Street in Worcester.  The other site is located at Wawecus Road School 20 Wawecus Road (off Burncoat Street).

Program hours are 2:00-5:30.  We do offer care on professional days and during school vacation weeks at the YWCA 1 Salem Square location.  Families can register if they need that care.

Program cost of the after school program is $18 per day.  We do accept vouchers.  Transportation from area schools may be available.