*Update: The Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center is closed until April 6, 2020. If you are in need of childcare, please call or visit the COVID-19 crisis response childcare site located at Glacier Hills YMCA Child Development Center, 1200 Earhart Road in Ann Arbor. Glacier Hills can be reached by phone at 734.769.6410. The closure of The Collaborative is out of an abundance of caution and following recommended guidelines from the Washtenaw County Health Department and Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office to encourage social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.


The Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center is a collective community-centered response to providing quality child care to low-income families in Ypsilanti and to EMU students with children. Licensed and managed by the YMCA and situated at the former Chappelle Elementary in Ypsilanti, the Collaborative partners include: Eastern Michigan University ([email protected] Office and the Office of the President), Ypsilanti Community Schools and the Ypsilanti Housing Commission.

Pilot Evening Care Program starting in March 2020!

Evening care options are now available for children three years-old to the 5th grade from 5:30–9:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday evenings. This pilot program is open to all EMU students and Ypsilanti community members. Programming will start in March and continue through the summer semester!

*Pilot program is starting with Monday and Tuesday evenings. However, we will add additional evenings based on student feedback regarding their needs for care. Please direct any feedback to [email protected]

Preschool Room (Ages 3 -5 years-old):

  • One evening of care per week: $75
  • Two evenings of care per week: $145

School Age Room (Ages 5 - 10 years-old)

  • One evening of care per week: $67
  • Two evenings of care per week: $130

Evening meal included with purchase of evening care for EMU students. Pricing based on two week period. Scholarships may be available to those who qualify. 

If interested in enrolling your child in the Evening Care Pilot Program, please fill out this form and a program representative will inform with specific application details. If you have any questions, please send to [email protected]

Information about The Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center:

  • Who does it serve?

    The child care center is intended to primarily serve the following (The cost is based on a sliding-scale and determined by a family’s finances):

    • EMU students with children (full or part-time)
    • Ypsilanti Housing Commission residents
    • Ypsilanti Community Schools families

    Ages of Children

    • Toddler (18 months – 2.5 years) 1 to 4 teacher to child ratio
    • Early preschool (2.5 years – 3.5 years) 1 to 8 teacher to child ratio
    • Preschool (3.5 years – 5 years) 1 to 10 teacher to child ratio
  • The Why

    According to the Washtenaw County Opportunity Index, only 29.9% of children within the census tract of the program site under age five are enrolled in preschool. Having child care with financial assistance available will ensure that those who need it have access to it.

    Parents enrolled in college often cite lack of childcare as a barrier to attending class. 76% of EMU students surveyed about this project indicated that they would benefit from a new affordable child care option.

    The Collaborative addresses a critical need for excellent quality and affordable child care in Ypsilanti. While Ann Arbor has 22 NAEYC-licensed child care facilities (a recognition of excellence), Ypsilanti currently has only two; the Collaborative is the third.

  • The Where

    The Collaborative is located at Chapelle, 111 S. Wallace Blvd, Ypsilanti, a YCS former elementary school and under a mile from EMU.

    With three large, engaging classrooms, a playground, gym and space for growth, children will enjoy a creative curriculum filled with developmental play.

  • What's Next?

    If you are interested in learning more about the Collaborative, getting a site walk-through or receiving an application for enrollment, please fill out the form.

Thank you to our funders and supporters:

  • Washtenaw Coordinated Funders
  • Toyota Foundation
  • Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation's African American Endowment Fund
  • American Muslim Neighbors
  • Ypsilanti Housing Commission
  • Family Empowerment Program
  • Ypsilanti Community Schools 
  • Eastern Michigan University Student Government
  • Eastern Michigan University Office of the President

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