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Persimmon Early Learning (formerly Children’s Alley) Phased Reopening during COVID-19

Temporary Hours due to COVID-19: Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with no Saturday hours.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we continue to ensure the safety of our children, teachers and families of Persimmon Early Learning to determine our reopening date.

Persimmon Early Learning has reopened in a limited capacity to comply with Boulder County Public Health. The Infant Development Center, Toddler Room and Preschool Room are open in a limited capacity. The health and safety of our children, families and teacher is our first priority.

We are working with Boulder County Public Health on a daily basis to ensure we are aligning with the highest level of recommendations, including:

  • A daily health screening will be completed for each child and staff entering the YWCA.
  • We are adjusting our hours from 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday (no Saturday hours), during this first phase to allow for stable staff scheduling and extra time for daily disinfecting.
  • Classrooms will be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned at the end of each day for the foreseeable future.
  • Classrooms will follow social distancing and facial covering/mask requirements from Boulder County Public Health. All staff are required to wear facial coverings, and it is recommended for children 5 and older.
  • Classroom ratios and group sizes will be adjusted to align with the Public Health guidelines for maintaining social distancing.

We will not be able to offer our traditional drop-in services at this time. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we implement these new guidelines.

If you’re in need of child care, please contact Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org.

For more information and community resources, please read our recent blog post.

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Persimmon Early Learning is Now Enrolling for Permanent Childcare Slots starting Fall 2020

We’re thrilled to announce Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA! Formerly called Children’s Alley, Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA is our expanded learning center for children three months to four years of age
Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA will offer high-quality, affordable child care, and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas (construction is in progress!). It will provide a nurturing, creative space for children to learn and grow in redesigned and expanded indoor and outdoor learning areas. The program will provide an emphasis on parent engagement and education through a two-generation approach; health equity emphasis through scheduled activities and active play time; good nutrition modeling and activities including diverse and healthy meal plan; and all of its teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and trained in social/emotional skills to help with behavior management.
All programs will include:
  • ECE-certified teachers,
  • Level four Colorado Shines school certification,
  • A Storybook Journey curriculum focused on play-based experiential learning,
  • Milestone assessment tools and bi-annual parent/teacher conferences,
  • Family and community events, and
  • All materials and activity fees.
Additionally, Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA’s programs will include a complete wellness program, including:
  • Three healthy meal/snacks daily prepared by onsite nutritionist
  • Programs including active play, farm to ECE programs, field trips and lessons focused on the holistic development of the child
  • Onsite Kids Connect consultant providing children and parents with resources supported by Mental Health Partners
Persimmon Early Learning will include the same drop-in care YWCA Boulder County has always provided plus the addition of two new permanent care classrooms now enrolling for fall 2020. Parent resources will include classes such as the Incredible Years parenting course (English and Spanish) and financial counseling.
Persimmon Early Learning of the YWCA is currently enrolling for permanent care slots for fall 2020 for children three months to four years of age, and is available at the following rate structure:
  • $1,650 Monday – Friday
  • $1,155 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • $743 Tuesday, Thursday
Online Parent Info Sessions will be held virtually every other Wednesday, starting with:
  • Wednesday, June 24 from 11:30 -12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 8 from 11:30 -12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 22 from 11:30 -12:30 p.m.
Fill out our Interest Form to sign up for an Info Session, be notified of Virtual Tours, and begin the enrollment process today.
YWCA Boulder County is working closely with Boulder County Public Health and the Office of Early Childhood to ensure the safety of everyone in its program.
We’re happy to share our news with you, and we’ll keep you updated on our progress. Thanks as always for your support – we couldn’t have done this without you!

For additional enrollment and tuition info, please email Kate Hise at: khise@ywcaboulder.org.


Specifically designed for infants ages eight weeks to sixteen months old, Persimmon Early Learning’s Infant Development Center features a range of benefits. Highly qualified Infant Specialists supervise children at all times; all teachers are trained in infant CPR/First Aid, Safe Sleep practices, and best practices (as recommended by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood) in infant nutrition, health, safety, and  physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. We offer drop-in care and have tuition based long-term contract spaces available . Contact our office for more information.

Additionally, the Infant Development Center provides:

  • Feeding, naps, and playtime customized for each infant’s individual schedule to ensure that they are comfortable and that they experience care consistent with what they receive at home.
  • A range of formula options (or you can opt to supply your own formula or breast milk).
  • A cozy eat-in “kitchen” and rocking chairs for feeding infants.
  • A quiet napping room with all staff certified in Safe Sleep best practices.
  • An indoor play area with a wide variety of age-appropriate learning materials.
  • A gated outdoor area that features a covered surface, and an awning to further protect infants from bright sun.
  • A certified breastfeeding friendly atmosphere; we support mothers who continue to breastfeed their children as they return to work. This includes a private, designated breastfeeding room for mothers to breastfeed their children, or moms are welcome to breastfeed in the classroom if desired.

Our toddler room is designed for children ages 12 months to 3 years and provides positive learning experiences that encourage the social, emotional, and intellectual development of our attendees. Playtime, music, art and outdoor play help active toddlers to enjoy their day at Persimmon Early Learning as they develop during these essential, early years of their education. All lead teachers are trained in CPR/First Aid, Safe Sleep practices, and best practices (as recommended by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood) in toddler nutrition, health, safety, and physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Additionally, the Toddler Classroom provides:

  • Nutritious morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, including at least one fruit and/or vegetable, protein, grains, and Whole or 1% Milk (as recommended by the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)). Allergen sensitive foods and dairy alternatives are available as well.
  • A kid-friendly environment with learning materials aimed towards the toddler age-group’s specific developmental needs.
  • A peaceful and comfortable environment for afternoon nap beginning just after lunch. Nap mats with clean, sanitized sheets and blankets are available for each individual child.
  • A large, gated, and shady outdoor play area that includes many small ridable cars, a sandbox, and many guided movement activities with the teachers.

Persimmon Early Learning has an all-day Preschool Classroom which uses the Storybook Journey curriculum. This curriculum focuses on children’s literature, poems, songs, rhymes, and the creativity of the children and staff. Storybook Journey provides a positive opportunity to address emotional challenges that typically begin to emerge in children ages 3-5 years old. All lead teachers are trained in CPR/First Aid, and best practices (as recommended by the Colorado Office of Early Childhood) in early childhood nutrition, health, safety, and physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. We offer drop-in care and tuition based long-term contract spaces. Contact our office for more information.

Additionally, the Preschool Classroom provides:

  • A number of spots are specifically reserved for children enrolled in the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) through the Boulder Valley School District. This allows for a child to receive full-day preschool funded by the state of Colorado (provided families meet certain eligibility requirements). For more information about CPP please visit: http://ece.bvsd.org/CPP/Pages/default.aspx or call our front office at (303) 449-1951.
  • A small class size with no more than 12 children present daily. Any spots available in addition to CPP spots are drop-in and can be reserved daily by any Children’s Alley family.
  • Nutritious morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, including at least one fruit and/or vegetable, protein, grains, and Whole or 1% Milk (as recommended by the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)). Allergen sensitive foods and dairy alternatives are available as well.
  • A large, gated, and shady outdoor play area designed specifically for children ages 3-12. Activities guided by teachers are provided daily, as well as plenty of time for free play.

Children’s Alley Phased Reopening

We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we continue to ensure the safety of our children, teachers and families of Children’s Alley to determine our reopening date. Based on the latest decision from Boulder County to extend the Stay at Home Order until May 8, we will be moving back our phased reopening to Monday, May 11. We have determined a phased approach to reopening will ensure our alignment with Colorado Public Health guidelines.  

Phase 1 will begin on May 11, with the partial reopening of our Infant Development Center (IDC). We will be contacting families directly who currently have contracts with the YWCA. On May 18, we will reopen part of our Pre-K program. We will be contacting families directly who currently have contracts with the YWCA.

We will not be able to offer traditional drop-in services at this time but we are working with Colorado Public Health to determine what that process will look like as we get further into the opening.