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Now enrolling for preschool!

Exceptional Care and Education Services

Our Early Childhood Learning Center provides quality care and education to children ranging in age from six weeks to 11 years.  Our certified teachers provide everything that children need to make a successful transition to kindergarten. We conduct developmentally-appropriate lessons and activities, provide healthy meals, and a safe and creative environment.  In 2021, 99 children participated in our programming!

We’re Hiring:

We have openings in our Early Childhood Learning Center, for current openings click here.

Enrollment Process:

To apply, please call us at 330-453-7644 or fill-out the form below and a team member will reach out to you!

We also provide daily facility tours by appointment! Call us at 330-453-7644 to get started.

If you are interested in applying or have a general question about our center, please use the form below. One of our team members will reach out to you shortly!


The Early Childhood Learning Center is conveniently located downtown at the corner of Sixth St. and Walnut.

231 Sixth St. NE, Canton, OH 44702

The Early Childhood Learning Center is open:

Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Building Skills to Ensure Kindergarten Readiness!

YWCA Canton believes a successful child is one who uses their abilities to develop skills that help form positive personal attributes that will lead them to a successful life. Our teachers are trained to create a learning environment that allows each child to build from their current development. Teachers collect information in all areas of development and learning to create individualized activities that prepare children for kindergarten.

High Quality Teachers

We are dedicated to hiring and retaining quality teachers. In addition to their teaching certification, our teachers are required to complete 30 hours of specialized training every 2 years. Training consists of, but is not limited to, Conscious Discipline, Building Kindergarten Readiness, Literacy for Infant-Kindergarten, Trauma Informed Care, Family Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, and Curriculum and Assessment training.

Emphasis on Literacy

YWCA Canton is the proud recipient of a four-year Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Comprehensive Literacy Grant that aligns with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement. This grant will help improve student literacy to children who have traditionally been underserved, while also supporting professional learning and coaching for staff. This grant increases our ability to identify and develop additional professional development opportunities to facilitate center quality improvements, family engagement, and integrated support systems with special emphasis on language and literacy.

Family Engagement

We believe family engagement is critical to the overall success of the child. We engage families through parent events which offer resources for financial literacy, education, employment, and housing. In addition, parents are encouraged to help in classrooms and attend parent-teacher conferences  to reinforce the curriculum and school readiness.

Research Based, Creative Curriculum

YWCA Early Childhood Learning Center is committed to school readiness and reading proficiency. We utilize Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold to support the development of the whole child. These curriculums align with Ohio’s Early Learning Academic Standards. We also utilize ‘Ages and Stages,’ ‘Ages and Stages: Social-Emotional’ and Devereux Early Childhood Assessment to screen each child upon acceptance into childcare and several times throughout the year to measure social and emotional development.

Our program model is based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) national standards for high quality childcares. NAEYC’s standards include research-based curriculum, teaching using approaches that support the children’s learning goals, assessment of the child’s progress, promoting health through nutrition, maintaining supportive relationships with families, establishing, and utilizing community resources, ensuring the program’s physical environment is safe and well maintained, and hiring and retaining educated staff.

In addition to NAEYC’s standards, we also abide by the Early Head Start Performance Standards, Ohio Step Up to Quality standards and those set forth by the Ohio State Licensing Rules for Childcare. Through funding from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), our program is participating in a four-year Comprehensive Literacy Project to improve the language and literacy development of our preschool participants.

Private Pay and Ohio Subsidized Childcare Accepted!

Families may enroll their child on a full-time or part-time basis. A child is considered full-time at 25 hours per week.
Discounts are available for advanced payment. Contact us to learn more!

Full-Time Weekly Rates:

Infant: $231.10
Toddler: $211.31
Preschool: $184.72
School-Age (non- summer): $98.88
School-Age (summer): $168.64

Part-Time Weekly Rates:

Infant: $157.26
Toddler: $132.59
Preschool: $91.38
School-Age (non- summer): $82.10
School-Age (summer): $117.58

Carrie Clemens and her son
My son absolutely loves going to “school” and all of his friends and teachers. I enrolled Oliver at the YWCA when he was six weeks and I had to return to work. Naturally, I was incredibly nervous and emotional to leave him. The entire staff and teachers at YWCA Canton helped ease the transition so much, made me feel comfortable, answered my questions openly and honestly and demonstrating such a high quality of care. From the first step I took into the Infant 1 room the day of our tour, I knew that this was the right place for us, and I think that every day still as we walk through the halls and our greeted by teachers and staff that we now call friends.
Carrie Clemens