YMCA – Our Cause: At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why we focus our work in three areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
We believe all children have potential and should have the opportunity to discover who they are, express themselves, and be nurtured in all their possibility.
With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development,
families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy trusting relationships, and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
The Y is proud to be a collaborative community partner ensuring families have high quality and affordable child care and preschool programs available to them. You are welcome any time, scheduled or unscheduled, to come and tour any of locations and visit your child. An updated Mahaska Early Learning Program Parent Handbookis being prepared, but feel free to click here for the current copy.
The Mahaska Early Learning Program is a licensed Child Care Center & Preschool through the Iowa Department of Human Services. The DHS/Childcare Licensing Standards and Procedures and DHS Licensing Rules can be found here. Our DHS Licensing Consultant is Jill Seibert, Child Care Center Licensing Consultant, Wapello County DHS Office, 641.684.3949.
Feel free to contact us for a tour of any or all of our locations: