Young Children’s World

Welcome to Young Children's World!

Young Children’s World strives to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate, Christ-centered childcare. We believe that play is child’s work and encourage exploration through play.

Young Children’s World is located at Highland Church of Christ (425 Highland Ave, Abilene, Texas 79605). We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm from September to May.

Continue reading below for more information about our program, registration information and the parent handbook.

Contact Ashley Crisp for more information or to schedule a tour.

Our Program


Your infant will be engaged in age-appropriate activities that will help them build their natural curiosity as they learn how to explore their world. Our nursery curriculum includes age-appropriate activities, songs and stories that engage all their senses. Infants will hear the basic truths of God made me, I am special, Jesus loves me, God gives me food, and God made animals.


Toddlers learn and grow quickly! Our goal is to support them as they learn to communicate, gain motor skills and explore their world. Our nursery curriculum for toddlers includes age-appropriate activities that introduce colors, numbers, shapes, and more. Toddlers learn best through play and experiences. Your toddler’s day will include activities that target language development, growing independence and their fine and gross motor skills. Your toddler will also hear Bible stories through songs and movement while exploring themes such as God made all of me, I am special, thankfulness, Jesus’ birth, God made the animals and God created the world.

2 Year Olds
2 Year Olds

At 2 years old, your child is growing and learning new things everyday! Our goal is to provide your 2 year old with everything they need to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. Children learn best through play and we believe that scaffolded play is crucial at this age! Our 2 year olds participate in both dramatic and sensory play.  Through play they will work on developing their fine and gross motor skills as well as their social skills. Each day your 2 year old will be introduced to colors, shapes, letters, music, Bible stories and movement.

3 Year Olds
3 Year Olds

As your child enters preschool, we continue to support their social, mental and physical growth. At 3 years old, we begin guiding your child through different ways of learning. Your child will begin learning through circle time, books, centers, and crafts. They will be exploring the letters, colors, and shapes through differentiated themes and centers each month. Through these experiences and play, your child will also work on gaining self-care skills and independence.

4 & 5 Year Olds
4 & 5 Year Olds

In our preschool program, our goal is to prepare your child both academically and socially for kindergarten. Children will practice skills such as writing their name, recognizing letters and the sounds the make, and exploring shapes, colors, numbers. Children learn best through play and will explore their skills through centers, sensory play and movement. Your preschooler will also continue to gain confidence and independence while practicing daily tasks such as putting away their backpacks and opening their lunch.

Chapel & Movement
Chapel & Movement

Each week our 2 year olds – PreK students participate in chapel time together. During this time, we sing songs, practice a memory verse and hear a Bible story.

Opportunities for movement happens daily for all children! The nursery children may play in the large nursery space, in the indoor playground or outside. Our 2 year olds – PreK students participate in PE which may take them to our outdoor playground, on a scavenger hunt around the building or for open play in the gym.

Special Days & Celebrations

Children participate in various special days, activities and celebrations throughout the year. These are fun-filled days that the children always enjoy. See below for a handful of our special days.

Community Helpers Month
Thanksgiving Feast
Western Day
Costume Parade
Nativity Pageant


Young Children's World is an inclusive program accepting children ages 6 months to 6 years old (Pre-K). It is our goal to provide high quality care that meets each child’s individual developmental, social, emotional and behavioral needs.

Registration Information:

Registration for the 2024 – 2025 year is open!

Register on Brightwheel

After you register your child, a YCW staff member will be in contact within 48 hours to either confirm your child’s spot in a class or on the waitlist.

As a private institution, YCW requires state recommended vaccinations for all our children. YCW does not accept vaccination exemptions. You will be required to provide a copy of your child’s vaccination record before their first day of YCW.

Tuition + Fees for 2024 – 2025 Year:

Registration Fee: $75 (Non-Refundable)

Tuition: $185/month for Nursery classes (under 2-years-old)  and $175/month for Preschool classes

Supply Fee: $60

Once-A-Month Eat Out Day: $40 (Optional)

Sibling Discount: A tuition discount ($10 off monthly tuition) is available for 2 or more siblings enrolled in the program.

Parent Resources

Parent Handbook

Please review the parent handbook for more information about our policies and procedures covering topics such as, illness, discipline and safety.



We utilize Brightwheel for a variety things including communicating with parents, check-in/check-in procedures, billing and more.

Work at Young Children's World

We are hiring for the 2024-2025 year. Positions are available in the nursery and preschool.

If you are interested in becoming part of the YCW team or want to hear more, please fill out the employment application. The application can be returned via email or by dropping it by the church office.

Young Children's World Leadership Team

Ashley Crisp

Children's Minister & Director of YCW

Cheryl Wheat

Nursery Coordinator

Joseph Anderson

Preschool Coordinator