YWCA Tampa Bay

Family Village Child Development Center

Experience Superior-Quality Childcare in Pinellas County

Family Village Child Development Center
429 6th Avenue South, Building #1
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We have openings! Call 727-827-0357 or email renata@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.