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At the Y, we believe each child should be given every opportunity to reach their God-given potential, and learning should be FUN! Our curriculum includes a variety of daily activities to introduce and reinforce basic skills, through planned play and spontaneous learning opportunities.

Learn more about our Child Development Centers, located at both YMCA branches, by clicking on tabs below.

Hickory Foundation YMCA Child Development Center

YMCA Christian Mission: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Program Purpose: to provide the highest quality care available to the children enrolled in our programs. We want to provide a safe, loving and physical environment where constructive growth experiences can take place. The YMCA strives to meet the total needs of the child: physical care, emotional development, social interaction, intellectual stimulation and spiritual growth.

Child Development Center Director: Nancy Mitchell

License #: 18000146

Hours: Monday - Friday (6:30am - 6:00pm)

Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years

For weekly rates and center availability, please contact Nancy Mitchell at
[email protected]
828-838-1565

Curriculum includes:
- Weekly units of study - Music appreciation
- Science and nature studies - Arts & Crafts
- Creative movement - Swim Lessons
- Character development - Nutrition Education
- Developmental Progress Reports - Art Adventures
- Bible study and devotions - "Books on the Go"
- Dramatic play - Community visitors
- Preschool Physical Fitness - Storytelling
- Stretch-N-Grow: Fitness & Health Education (Click on this link for more information)

Click here for:
2017 Childcare Handbook

2017 Holiday Hours

2018 Holiday Hours

Love-N-Care Child Development Center at the Shuford Y

YMCA Christian Mission: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Program Purpose: to provide the highest quality care available to the children enrolled in our programs. We want to provide a safe, loving and physical environment where constructive growth experiences can take place. The YMCA strives to meet the total needs of the child: physical care, emotional development, social interaction, intellectual stimulation and spiritual growth.

Child Development Center Director: Dawn Wilson

License #: 1855133

Hours: Monday - Friday (6:30am - 6:00pm)

Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years

For weekly rates and center availability, please contact Dawn Wilson at
[email protected]
828-464-6251

Program Highlights Include:
- Swim Lessons (3-5 year-olds)
- Child Computer Classes
- Stretch-N-Grow: Fitness & Health Education (Click on this link for more information)
- Arts & Crafts
- Creative Curriculum
- Music Appreciation
- Health/Nutrition Education
- Bible Study and Devotions
- Dramatic Play
- Community Visitors

Click here for:
2017 Childcare Handbook

2017 Holiday Hours

2018 Holiday Hours

Financial Assistance: Every child deserves the chance to a YMCA experience! The YMCA of Catawba Valley's Spirit Program can provide financial scholarships for Child Care Fees through donated community dollars. Contact your Center Director for more details.

Every cent counts, and there's no gift too big or too small! Consider giving to the YMCA of Catawba Valley's Annual Giving Campaign. For more information on the Annual Giving Campaign, click here.


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