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Child Development


“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” – Marian Wright Edelman

A growing shortage of affordable, quality childcare plagues the Los Angeles region. YWCA Greater Los Angeles addresses this need by offering an exceptional Child Development program to low-income families. Our nurturing learning environment allows children to flourish while empowering parents to continue to work, seek employment, or attend school or vocational training improving overall quality of life. YWCA Greater Los Angeles aspires to enrich lives through a holistic family approach to create empowered and educated individuals.

YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Child Development delivers an affordable and developmentally appropriate program in six different service locations for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Highly trained teachers facilitate the High Scope/Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP-R), and Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS). Progress is measured through a California Department of Education approved Desired Results Development Profile (DRDP-R). Evaluation occurs on an ongoing basis throughout the year.  Assessments are   focused on developmental milestones in pre-reading, writing, sharing, communication, conflict resolution, cognitive learning, large and fine motor dexterity, and cultural awareness. Enhancement of the cognitive processes, conceptual and communication skills is our primary goal. 


The program is offered at three locations: the North Valley Infant Learning Center, the North Valley Child Development Center and Union Pacific Empowerment Center.  The Infant Learning Center is designed to serve teenage mothers who currently attend school at San Fernando High or continuation high school. Parenting classes offer support and help prepare teenage parents. 



Designed for children from three to five years of age and offered at all 5 of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles Child Development locations, the focus of the Preschool program is to prepare children emotionally, physically, and academically for grade school. The program has adopted the High Scope Curriculum, which focuses on children’s needs while allowing staff to build on children’s initiatives.


Child360 / Quality Start Los Angeles

All the six sites participate with QSLA and have been assessed at a Tier 4 High- Quality Centers. 

Classroom and staff development training is implemented through.


My name is Jason Hernandez and my daughter’s name is Hailey Hernandez. She is second generation attending YWCA Child Development Center as I was a student back in 2004. She started attending the program in 2018. This program has also helped my mom, as she works at the center and was able to attend college and keep a job at the same time. As for me, it has helped me finish high school due to the circumstances that I became a father at a young age. With this program offering services in our community, it has even opened a path to success for me because without their services I’m not sure if I would have been able to make plans to attend college because I wouldn’t really know who to trust my daughter to. When the pandemic started, I was overwhelmed by the situation because I was already thinking of how I was going to finish high school and then attend collage when I had a vision and goals set out for myself. Nevertheless, with the help of my family and the YWCA I graduated high school in 2020 and I’m on track with my objectives and started attending college in the fall. The YWCA has made it possible by continuing offering services during the pandemic. My daughter can attend a safe, loving, and caring environment while I continue my education as a full-time student taking online classes. The staff has been so wonderful and informative by answering questions and providing many resources during this pandemic. From information on how to get help with food and keeping us informed on COVID-19 just to name some. I am so grateful and thankful to have such a wonderful program serving our community.

Jason Hernandez, Union Pacific Parent

The YWCA is and has been a great support for me and my family, because if this center did not exist, I would not have been able to go to work and are assisting with solving my home expenses. I received a lot of help emotionally as a mother of the family, because I was much stressed for not having a secure educational place to trust for my child , also I have been provided with counseling classes for development emotional ,mental and educational for my children. Thank you very much for what you have provided me The YWCA is a blessing of God in my life.

Danya Zenteno

Estoy muy agradecida con el programa del YWCA. Me ayudo a mantener mi trabajo. Yo estaba por perder mi trabajo por faltar tanto. No siempre tenía quien me cuidara mi niño. Este programa es excelente me siento bien cuando dejo a mi hijo. Mil gracias

Rosa Vega-North Valley CDC