Safe Haven: YWCA’s Early Care Program

Free, onsite childcare for YWCA clients

At YWCA Spokane, we believe childcare should never prevent a person from receiving the help they need.

Free, early care services are available for YWCA Spokane participants utilizing our legal services or counseling, are attending an Our Sister’s Closet appointment, or are engaged with Essentials or Women to Work classes and workshops.

Safe Haven provides a quality and caring environment for the children of YWCA Spokane clients. This free service allows caretakers to focus their energies on regaining their freedom and self-sufficiency through YWCA Spokane’s provided services. 

Health & Safety Adjustments

Due to the COVID public health crisis, Safe Haven has implemented a series of procedures to support the health and safety of our staff and clients. Please review the guidelines we plan to follow as suggested by the Spokane Regional Health District.

Health & Safety Guidelines

Hours & Accommodations

Currently, during the pandemic, this facility can accommodate children who are between the ages of 2 years old and 12 years old. For the safety of clients and staff, upon entry, caretakers and children will take a short health screening including taking temperatures.  We are able to serve a limited number of children during any given time and by appointment only. To schedule time for your child to stay with us in Safe Haven while you attend an appointment at YWCA Spokane, please call 509-638-8107.

Hours of operation are as follows:
– Monday: 9am – 4pm
– Tuesday: 9am – 4pm
– Wednesday: 10 – 4pm
– Thursday: 9am – 4pm
– Friday – Sunday: closed

Hours are subject to change depending on staffing availability and holiday schedules. Call 509-638-8107 with any questions.

Age-appropriate toys, activities, and nutritious snacks are provided to children while at the center with their parent’s permission and approval.

Safe Haven Activities Include:
  • An art center where children can choose to paint, color, and create various art projects;
  • A reading area with a variety of books and comfortable seating;
  • A sensory area where children can enjoy water play, sand play, and play-doh or cloud doh;
  • A dress-up area, a baby doll area, a play kitchen, puzzles, and other age-appropriate educational toys.
Conscious Discipline

At YWCA Spokane, we are conscious about providing a trauma-sensitive space that uses a trauma-informed approach called Conscious Discipline. This approach provides both adults and youth with a way of being more aware of their own emotions, self-regulation of emotions, and problem-solving.

Donations & Volunteers Welcome

We welcome any gently used children’s items (clothes, shoes, toys)  from the community.  We offer free diapers, kids’ clothing, and other helpful items for families in need based on the donations that we receive. We are also always looking for caring community members who would be interested in volunteering in our drop-in childcare. Call 509-638-8107 or email to learn more.

Why drop-in?

YWCA Spokane’s Drop-in Child Care Center was piloted in 2011 in response to clients expressing a need for childcare and demonstrating that without childcare options too many were unable to access services. According to client surveys, accessible and affordable childcare was the most significant barrier for women seeking domestic violence and job-readiness services. The Drop-In Childcare Center was designed to provide free, on-site childcare for these primary target populations.

Of the moms who utilize our Drop-In Childcare services, approximately 90% make less than 30% of Spokane’s median family income. Approximately three-quarters are unemployed and about half are homeless. In addition, approximately 80% of children have been exposed to domestic violence and 90% of women utilizing the Center are single mothers. To augment their incomes, they rely on aid such as SNAP (Supplemental Food Assistance Program) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

Safe Haven is designed as one component of a comprehensive program to assist vulnerable families that need services but may not be in a position to ensure childcare. It provides YWCA Spokane clients with a free, safe, and nurturing place to leave their children while they attend to critical, life-changing issues.

Currently, Safe Haven supports an average of 100 children each month. This program allows children to learn new skills, eat nutritious food, and have fun; while also allowing their mothers to escape intimate partner domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.

YWCA Spokane’s program ensures that mothers are in close proximity to their children, which is a significant concern, especially for women who are fleeing domestic violence. By providing this service, YWCA Spokane is addressing a key need, namely accessible, free childcare with on-site services for mothers who are trying to escape domestic violence and/or achieve economic stability.

Thank you for supporting Safe Haven, YWCA’s Drop-in care Program!

It is often difficult to find grant funding to support drop-in childcare support for clients. Thank you so much for any support you can give to support this program and others that focus on the care of young people in our community.

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