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Child Care

YMCA Child Care & Family Services

  • High quality child care at 3 locations
  • Preschool and Kindergarten readiness serving families with children ages 6 week and up.
  • Collaborations with Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley schools to offer before and after school care.
  • We ensure all families have access to great programs that include School Out Days, Snow Days, Summer Enrichment Programs and more.

For children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

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

  • A collaboration between the Scott County Family Y and the Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • QRS Level 4

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

  • A $4 million center built in June 2016 in the heart of our downtown.
  • QRS rating of Level 4.

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

  • A collaboration with Newcomb Presbyterian Church on the corner of Division and Central Park
  • 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.

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

Universal Preschool in Davenport

  • A unique collaboration between the Y, Palmer College and Davenport Schools.
  • Funded by the Department of Education
  • No income guidelines to qualify for participation
  • FREE preschool program.
  • Children must be 4 years old by September 15th of the current school year.
  • Children enrolled full-time at the Downtown Early Learning Center or at Newcomb Early Learning Center that are age eligible will be transported daily to and from the Preschool Site.
  • Also available: Preschool for 3-year olds $65 per week

9-11:30 am OR 12:30-3 pm
Preschool Location: Palmer/YMCA Learning Center, 724 N Harrison Street
Contact:  Jazmin Mendez Barradas @ 563-323-4668

Enrollment Packet
Preschool/Early Learning Center Enrollment Packet (NEEDS APPROVED PDF — OR GOOGLE DOC?)

PEP (Preschool Education Partnership)

A strong community exists through partnership. The Davenport Schools is a key part of the way the YMCA fulfills its mission and strengthens the community. The Preschool Eduction Partnerships, or PEP, is an example of our community working together!

Children’s Village Hoover, 1002 Spring Street | Phone: 563-322-7649

Children’s Village West, 1757 West 12th Street | Phone: 563-823-2086

Contact : Brent Ayers @ 563-323-5770


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Please send registration information to Michelle Mann, SCFY Kids Club Program Director. Your child can begin a program when you have received an email or telephone call confirming that your child’s registration is complete.

Click here to contact Michelle Mann
Address: 724 N. Harrison St. Davenport IA 52803


Before & After School

Kid’s Club is an exciting program for children in elementary school. We offer child care in the Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley Community School Districts before and after school.  Our certified, caring and highly-trained staff offer children a safe and healthy environment where they have a wonderful enriching experience that entertains while still instilling our core values and life lessons. We pride ourselves in the development of age-appropriate lesson plans that are both recreational, FUN! and educational.

*INCLEMENT WEATHER  – When school is cancelled, alternate care is available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the YMCA located at 606 W 2nd Street in Davenport for children who are enrolled in the before or after school program. When you get the announcement that school is cancelled, please call 563-322-7171 to make arrangements to attend. THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR ALL DAY CANCELLATIONS!  (We do not have transportation, so parents are required to get students to the incliment weather site.)


Since there is no school how can Kids Club operate during the summer?  We’re glad you asked!  We offer a summer child care program for elementary school aged children that brings summer fun to a whole new level, which is why we call it Summer Fun Club!

Summer Fun Club is offered to any child, 5 years old who has successfully completed Kindergarten through 12 years old.

Care is offered from 6 AM- 6 PM at Riverdale Heights Elementary School.

Registration is on a week-by-week basis, this way you only sign up for the weeks that you need!  We offer the same fantastic lesson planning and enriching activities that we have at Kids Club, as well as fun field trips to go along with those.

Please complete both forms below before registering:

2018 Registration Packet  **NEW ONLINE FILLABLE FORM**

2018 Summer Fun Club Registration Form


Join us for Davenport Summer Adventures  June 11th-August 17th.

Register by week, with a one-time $25  registration fee.  Kids will go on weekly field trips, work on craft projects, have reading time, STEAM activities, and more!  It’s a summer filled with tons of fun and leaning too!

2018 Davenport Summer Adventures Brochure

Please complete both forms below before registering:

 2018 Davenport Summer Adventures Registration Form

2018 School Aged Licensed Programs Registration Packet

Davenport Summer Adventures is offered to any child, 5 years old who has successfully completed Kindergarten through 12 years old.

Care is offered at the following licensed locations:

Davenport Family YMCA – 606 W. 2nd St. – Hours: 6am – 6pm

North Family YMCA – 624 W 53rd St. – Hours: 7am – 5:30pm

West Family YMCA – 3503 W Locust St. – Hours: 7am – 5:30pm

Registration is on a week-by-week basis, this way you only sign up for the weeks that you need!  We offer the same fantastic lesson planning and enriching activities that we have at Kids Club, as well as fun field trips to go along with those.


Kids Day Out

When there is a school break or in-service days for your school, we offer Kids Day Out at Paul Norton Elementary School and Riverdale Heights Elementary School (care is only offered at Paul Norton when the calendar is different from the Pleasant Valley School District).  We offer care from 6 AM – 6 PM at both locations.  Your child will be served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack (all inclusive).  Our staff plan fun activities for all children, and often times exciting adventurous field trips (also inclusive in the cost of the program).  Some of our field trips have included Happy Joes, Eldridge Skate Park, Monkey Joe’s, Camp Abe Lincoln, Bettendorf YMCA, and many others.

In order to participate, children must have a complete child information packet at one of our sites and be registered by the deadline on the registration form. If your child is not currently enrolled in Kids Club, please allow extra time to fill out and submit the required forms for your child’s registration packet.

If you still have questions, comments, or concerns please

feel free to contact our Kids Club Director,
Michelle Mann, by phone at 563-345-6508 or by email Contact Form Michelle Mann

Child Watch at our branch facilities while you work out

We’re the Scott County FAMILY Y for a reason! A strong community is built through the most important relationships, and there isn’t anything more important than the bond between parent and child. Therefore, we work to provide support to parents as they pursue Healthy Living.

Child Watch is a high-quality service available to all of our family memberships for children ages 6 weeks to 7 years at our Bettendorf, Davenport, North & West branches and 6 weeks to 12 years at our Utica Ridge branch. The cost of membership covers the Child Watch service. We’d tell you that Child Watch is FREE, but we don’t want anyone to think it’s a low-quality program. In fact, we take great concern to offern only trained staff with specific ratios and quidelines for service.

Click here to decide which local YMCA branch is best for you. Then, just click on that branch to view Child Watch schedules. We offer Child Care at different times and on different days to best meet the needs of our families.


Files & Forms

>>Parent Handbook

>>Medication Authorization

>>Asthma Action Plan

Enrollment Forms

>>Child Enrollment Packet

>> Immunization Record Form

>>Certificate of Immunization Exemption

Payment Options


>>Contact our Business Manager; Kayla Dodd

>>DHS Forms

>>Scott County Kids Website