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Child care is one of the earliest programs of the YWCA as the very first day care center in the United  States was organized by the YWCA over 130 years ago in 1864 in Philadelphia.  Since 1919 the YWCA of Greater Memphis has responded to the needs of women and girls in our community with programs and services to ensure that they are empowered in their daily lives. 

At the YWCA, child care is more than a place to stay before and/or after school is closed, it is an important part of the YWCA’s mission for children’s growth and development.  Child care has become even more greatly needed because of changes in the world in which we live.  YWCA Child Care is currently located in 16 Shelby County Schools.  The program serves more than 600 children annually.

Our partners include: Shelby County Schools,  Department of Human Services, Right Choice Training, and State of TN Assessment Unit.

YWCA Child Care Main Office         

Mertie Buckman Branch                                                 

3841 New Covington Pike

Memphis, TN 38128

 (901) 382-2294

For more information please contact Grace Durham at 



Y-Care School Sites:

Altruria Elementary

E.E. Jeter Elementary

Highland Oaks Elementary

Macon Hall Elementary

Rivercrest Elementary

Shady Grove Elementary



YWCA Careers & Job Network:

Part time program staff needed (during the school year).  Requirements include:  a high school diploma/GED, the ability to pass a criminal background check conducted by the YWCA, and a recent physical is required.

Apply at YWCA: 
3841 New Covington Pike 
Memphis, TN 38128 
Mon. – Fri. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
or email a resume to:  EOE

Click here to download the YWCA employment application (PDF format).