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YMCA Childcare
Leadership Staff

Deb Gustafson
Executive Director
Child Care &
Family Services

Michelle Mann
Kids Club Director

Jazmin Mendez Barradas
Palmer ELC/ Pep Director

Megan Den blaauwen
Newcomb ELC Director 

Brent Ayers

Associate Ex.
Director of ChildCare
and Family Services

Kayla Dodd
Services Director

Carol Brown
Food Service Director

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>We believe "Play" is
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Nature Explorer-
Certified location
at the Palmer YMCA Learning Center.



Licensed Child Care

For children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

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Palmer YMCA Learning Center
724 Harrison St. | 563-323-4668

Palmer YMCA Learning Center on Harrison Street is a collaboration between the Scott County Family Y and the Palmer College of Chiropractic. The center is located at 724 Harrison St. in Davenport. Children are in close proximity to the Child Care & Family Services Management Team throughout the day. QRS Level 5

Davenport Family YMCA Learning Center
624 East 4th St. | 563-323-5770

The YMCA Learning Center is located within the Davenport Family YMCA, in the heart of the downtown. Because the Learning Center is located in a YMCA, the children have access to all of the facilities at that branch. This center will be moving Spring 2015 to a new state of the art child care center in downtown Davenport. The current center has a QRS rating of Level 4.

Newcomb Early Learning Center
2619 Division St. | 563-345-6511

Newcomb Early Learning Center is located within Newcomb Presbyterian Church on the corner of Division and Central Park in west Davenport. The center has an open floor plan in the lower level of the church and a playground that includes a variety of features and play options. This Center servse children age 18 months to 5 yrs old.

Commitment to Quality
The Scott County Family Y's Licensed Child Care programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. We provide experiences that enhance and enrich each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. Within the center's daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, to explore the environment, to develop problem solving and personal interaction skills and to develop concepts through experiences.

Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-directed activities and teacher-assisted activities. Staff serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child's needs. Lesson plans and informational letters are shared with the parents weekly. This allows parents to become even more involved in their child's classroom experience. We operate under all licensing regulations set forth by the State of Iowa's Quality Rating System.  In addition, we implement criteria from National Association for the Education of Young Child as well as guidelines developed by the YMCA of the USA.  All sites are state licensed and exceed the state-mandated ratio of teacher to students.  

Your Y Early Childhood Learning Center offers programs that are designed with developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate a child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth.

Our centers provide a warm, caring and fun environment that stimulates their natural curiosity and encourages personal expression. Children develop communication, reasoning and problem-solving skills through play, interaction with other children, and exploration of their environment.

The values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are at the core of all programs and activities.

The Y uses The Creative Curriculum® as the foundation for creating the best programs for children.

The result is a comprehensive curriculum with a clean organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and learning experiences. Developmentally appropriate programs foster joyful and purposeful learning while they address specific needs.  Click here for more info on the Creative Curriculum model. 

YMCA Child Care Curriculum is developed from the following:

  • Specific needs and interests of the children
  • Talents and abilities of staff
  • Creative and safe opportunities to learn through play
  • Resources within the YMCA and the surrounding community