Head Start and Early Head Start

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Our response to COVID-19
As the COVID-19 situation changes, we will provide updated information here.

The YWCA St. Louis Early Education Program is committed to the health, safety and well-being of the children and families in our community. As long as families continue to work, children need safe places to go. 

Our Central Office is open with limited staff. If you have questions, please call us at 314-427-4940.

COVID-19 Resources

Welcome to the YWCA St. Louis Early Education Program

A Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally and state-funded programs that provide high-quality education, child care, and family support to income-eligible families.

For information about enrolling your child in our Head Start or Early Head Start Program call us at (314) 427-4940.

For information about enrolling in our Prenatal Service Program, please call the Overland Prenatal Service Center at (314) 441-9613 or the Bessie T. Draper Early Head Start Center at (314) 304-8076.

We are here to serve you and your family.

Equipping children with the building blocks for lifetime success

About Us

Head Start is about FUN!

Head Start is about making FRIENDS!

Head Start is about FAMILY!

Head Start is about LEARNING THROUGH PLAY!

As the largest Head Start grantee in the St. Louis area, the YWCA Early Education Program strives to be recognized as an exemplary Early Childhood Education program.

We provide services to more than 1,400 preschool-aged children and more than 200 infants and toddlers. With ten YWCA Early Childhood Education Centers, as well as 13 Child Care Partner Centers throughout St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis, a center is not far from you and your family.

All of our locations are licensed by the Missouri Department of Health-Bureau of Child Care Safety and Licensure and accredited by Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth.

Find out more about what we offer!