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BRIGHT
BEGINNINGS

Smiles And Giggles For 6 Weeks To 2 Years Old

Care for children 6 weeks through 2 years old is housed at the Y’s Hanson Family Life Center.  Here, we begin building a child’s future from the day they begin in our care.  We work to create the brightest future possible for each child—one activity, one interaction at a time.  Parents are kept up to date with a daily sheet that reports feeding times/amounts, diaper changes, nap times and activities that occurred each day.  The staff is responsive to each parent’s concerns and suggestions and baby’s achievements are joyfully shared.

Classroom staff are chosen for their nurturing abilities, experience with children, and their educational background.  We look for staff who are positive, patient and loving towards all children.  Staff are required to attend 10 hours of pre-service training and 6 hours of job-related training after their first year.  All staff are trained in CPR, first Aid, Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Universal Precautions.  Staff are also required to take 12 hours of DHS coursework within their first 3 months of employment.

Getting Started

The enrollment process is a time not only to complete the required paperwork, but also a time to gain valuable information to meet the needs of your child and meet the center staff.  All families must have an enrollment meeting before the child can attend a program.  If you are new to the program, a one-time $40 enrollment fee will be applied.  Prior to child’s first day of attendance, all required paperwork must be completed and approved by your center director.

Rates/Payment Policy

  • A weekly contract rate applies. Parents can choose from part-time (not to exceed 27 hours), full-time (not to exceed 45 hours) or extended full-time (unlimited hours).
  • Invoices are emailed weekly at the beginning of the week for services that were provided the week prior and that invoice amount will be deducted from your bank account on Friday (auto deduct occurs each Friday for the prior week attendance)
  • Review Child Care Contracted Rates Form and Parent Handbook for all policies.
Part-TimeFull-TimeExtended Full-Time

$90/Week

$150/Week

$165/Week

Up to 27 hours
per week
Up to 45 hours
per week
Over 45 hours
per week

Hours Of Operation

Monday – Friday; 5:30am to 5:30pm

All centers closed:

  • New year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

The Y reserves the right to close during inclement weather and emergencies.

Add your child to our waiting list: