YWCA Tampa Bay

Family Village Child Development Center

Experience Superior-Quality Childcare in Pinellas County

Meet the new Director:

Tabrisha Ruby: Native of Henderson, KY. Graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations and also hold a Master's Degree in Special Education with certification in Learning Behavior Disorders from Kentucky State. Tabrisha has eight years of experience working in early childhood education and development. Former Assistant Childcare Director for Henderson County School Board. Was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer thru Henderson County Family Court for children that had been abused and/or neglected by their biological parents and removed from their home. Former Juvenile Probation for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice for six years working with delinquent juvenile involved in the judicial system. While working with the Department of Juvenile Justice Tabrisha served on several boards that provide substance abuse services to the community such as Union County Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Board, Union County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board of Directors and Henderson County Involvement Inc. Board of Directors. Relocated to Florida in 2014 to work for Florida's Department of Children and Families as a Child Protective Investigator in the specialized unit. While with DCF Tabrisha worked specialized cases involving allegations of human trafficking, sexual abuse, medically complex, child death, foster care, and juvenile residential facilities just to name a few. Tabrisha is currently a Senior Case Manager with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services in Tampa working with children and families in the foster care system. Also currently a research assistant for University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Tabrisha is a active member of the Tampa Bay National Black MBA Association were she holds chair of Community Affairs. 

Family Village Child Development Center

429 6th Avenue South, Building #1
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-827-0357
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We have openings! Call 727-827-0357 or email tabrisha@ywcaoftampabay.org  

YWCA Tampa Bay has a long history of serving children and families; in fact, in 1864, the YWCA opened the first day care center in the nation. YWCA Tampa Bay continues this legacy by operating YWCA/USF Family Village Child Development Center in downtown St. Petersburg.

Our childcare center is consistently rated among the highest quality centers in Pinellas County. We are proud to report that it received a 100% rating by the Department of Education for 2011-2012 for our pre-kindergarten program. This is the highest-obtainable score and means that the four-year-old students in our center have a 100% readiness rate to begin kindergarten.

The YWCA/USF Family Village Child Development Center opened in 1998. It serves the entire community. The center educates almost 100 students and has a large staff. Many of its educators and staff have been with the facility since it was established 15 years ago, and the center features a truly familial environment. Many of the educators have enrolled their own children as students of Family Village.

Our center is open to infants from two months old to children in pre-school. The center offers a research-based curriculum, lots of time for play, and healthy USDA-approved meals and snacks throughout the day. The center provides a safe, caring environment for children and an environment in which they may flourish. Our educators utilize a curriculum focused on school readiness, appreciation of diversity, cultural sensitivity and character development, with a strong emphasis on early literacy.

Our infant care program emphasizes child comfort through a warm, nurturing approach and caregiver bonding. Activities focus on free, exploratory, creative play in a safe environment; development of hand-eye coordination; and ongoing, repetitive reading, singing and verbal communication development. YWCA caregivers, together with the infants’ parents or guardians, develop a daily written report that tracks the infant’s routines and progress throughout the day. This approach is the YWCA’s way of ensuring that our littlest students have ease of transition into the day care environment.

Our toddler program emphasizes self-awareness, positive behavioral guidance and self-help skills such as dressing, toileting, hand-washing, and napping. Activities focus on free-choice play, friendship development, introduction of routines and learning opportunities based on the children's own interests, lives, and families. We stress ongoing conversational and verbal communication, as well as increased exposure to the written word.

Our preschool program emphasizes development of social skills, positive self-image, and self-esteem. Activities include increased involvement in music and visual arts, physical skills development, and reading and writing, as well as cooking activities, science, counting, sorting, memory, and other skills development.??Our educators develop lessons based on the World of Difference® Diversity Curriculum. The World of Difference program focuses on diversity of all kinds—differences in ethnicities, family structures, disabilities, race, and so much more. The centers also focus on anti-bullying and conflict resolution.