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Licensed Child Care
For children ages 6 weeks to 5 years


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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.   Goals

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



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Palmer YMCA Early Learning Center
724 Harrison St.

Palmer YMCA Early 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.

Davenport YMCA Early Learning Center
624 East 4th St.

The Davenport Early Learning Center is located at the East end of 4th Street in a new state of art child care center. This new center opened in June, 2015.  The Child Care & Family Services Branch business offices are located in this facility

Newcomb YMCA Early Learning Center
2619 North Division St.

Newcomb YMCA Early Learning Center on Division Street is a collaboration between the Scott County Family Y and Newcomb Presbyterian Church. The center is located at 2619 N. Division St. in Davenport.