The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center

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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.

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 5 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, 11 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 .

Once opened, the Center will provide care from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm. Evening drop-ins will be piloted for students with evening classes in the fall. Evening times are based on request, so please let us know if you have a night preference.

Employment Opportunities:

Apply to be a Lead Teacher

Apply to be a an Assistant Teacher

Contact Lee Anna PaskerEdens
at [email protected]

Visit Ann Arbor YMCA for additional resources. 

Thank you to our funders & supporters:

Washtenaw Coordinated Funders

Toyota Foundation

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation's African American Endowment Fund

American Muslim Neighbors

Ypsilanti Housing Commission


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