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We have been offering a variety of childhood education programs since 1997.  Both of our locations are fully equipped with the right learning tools for your children. Young Child Associates (YCA) serves families as a supplement to your daily care and guidance of young children. YCA is a nonprofit corporation providing quality care for children of families employed at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center, Grace Health, Kellogg employees, and throughout the surrounding communities. We at Young Child Associates strive to make families feel at ease when you leave your child(ren) in our care. Qualified teachers provide developmentally appropriate practices to enhance the learning of all children that attend our programs.



Angie Torres

Director of Stars and Stripes

After graduating from Gull Lake High School, I ventured off to Kellogg Community College to get my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.  During that time I had two wonderful children, Kobey and Khylen.  I began working at Stars and Stripes Learning Station in 2006.  Working from toddlers to preschoolers, I met so many children and families.  In 2015 I joined the administration team.  I decided to go back to school to get my Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University.  In the summer of 2018, I was asked to become the director of Stars and Stripes Learning Station.  As the director, my passion is to watch children grow, see happy families and staff succeed in their careers. 

Sara Culp

Director of Paws and Stripes

I have worked for Young Child Associates since 2003.  I have been the director at Paws and Stripes since August 2018.  I am a graduate of Western Michigan University, I have a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and 4 minors (Early Childhood, Math/Science, Language Arts, and Group Social Sciences).   I have been married for 10 years and we have a crazy dog named Reese.  I love watching children grow, learn and explore and that I get to build meaningful relationships with children, families, teachers and the community.  I feel that it is so important to create a safe environment where children can learn and explore through age-appropriate activities.   

Stars and Stripes Location

100 N Washington Ave 
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017

Tel: 269-963-5598 
Fax: 269-961-4239

Paws and Stripes Location

711 Riverside Dr 
Battle Creek, Michigan 49015

Tel: 269-282-0847 
Fax: 269-282-0852





Child Care Discount

$10 off coupon

Young Child Associates offers $10 off the total fees for siblings that are enrolled full time.

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