YMCA logoYMCA – 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.

kids corner logoAt 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.

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:

Oskaloosa Elementary School

1801 Orchard Avenue


Kids’ Corner

2303 8th Avenue East
University Park


Mahaska County

414 N Third Street


Webster Preschool Building

508 S Seventh Street


The Mahaska County YMCA participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children in child care settings thus playing a vital role in improving the quality of child care. Each day, 3.2 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. As a participating center, we are required to following USDA and Iowa policies regarding discrimination and civil rights.

USDA Civil Rights Non-discrimination Statement: “This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjunction, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

Iowa Nondiscrimination Statement: “It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7 and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; web site: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”