YWCA Central Alabama's Child Development Center staff believe that those with the least deserve the very best start in life. Our dedicated staff works every day to make sure that children of homeless and working poor families get the strong foundation they need and deserve. Our program is licensed by the State of Alabama and nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). In addition to providing the children with a safe place to learn and play, our YWCA Child Development Center provides snacks and two hot meals a day. For information about our child development programs, please contact Morgan Hargrove.
Our Child Development Center offers this nationally-accredited curriculum to address the critical shortage of quality, licensed and affordable child care for children in need. Calico Corner primarily serves working poor families, including many single-parent families and formerly homeless families.
Children continue to be the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. On any given day, there are approximately 30 to 40 preschool children in homeless shelters in Birmingham.
In 1989, the YWCA opened KIDS (Kids In Distress) Korner, a child development program for children whose families reside in area homeless shelters. A survey of shelters that house homeless families revealed that one of the biggest needs for children is care during the day. Because the shelters are not staffed or equipped to handle children’s programs, the YWCA has responded to this need by offering year-round programming for children who are experiencing homelessness.
KIDS Korner ensures that our children receive special care and individual attention during this time of family crisis. Staff members are particularly sensitive to the children’s feelings of isolation and abandonment, and they focus on helping the children gain feelings of self worth.
YWCA Cental Alabama's After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) provides stability to school-age children who live in area shelters. Striving to meet the academic and emotional needs of each child, the ASEP staff serves as liaisons between parents and school counselors, providing students with the extra attention and support they need during the school year.
The YWCA also offers enrichment programming during the summer months to combat the summer learning slide. For more information about the After-School Enrichment Program, contact Jondra Caddell.