Youth Development

Day Care Curriculum and Kindergarten Readiness Program




INFANTS 4 WEEKS TO 17 MONTHS

You are looking for a safe, secure "home away from home" where your child can learn, play, and grow. We have designed a nurturing, creative world for infants to help their minds and bodies develop. Infants are unique and have their own patterns for play, feeding and sleeping. We use these patterns as our guide to introduce daily activities that will prepare your infant for life. Our highly trained staff offer a nurturing and creative environment for infants to develop their bodies and minds. We are committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for you and your child.



Program features
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  • Building self-esteem through nurturing personal care
  • Interaction with groups to spark curiosity and socialization
  • Focus on cognitive and motor skills through playtime and activities
  • Development through age-appropriate materials and toys
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day

TODDLERS 17 MONTHS TO 24 MONTHS

Children at this age are curious about the world around them. They are busy exploring their environment and learning to communicate their thoughts. While they begin to exert their independence, they are also gaining a better understanding of group play. The TEEM program at YMCA preschool centers emphasizes the development of the whole child, by focusing on both education fundamentals and social skills. Our caring staff keep small hands busy and young minds engaged through activities designed specifically for this age group. Your child will build skills and confidence through games, songs, movement and art, as YMCA experienced staff provide an outlet for creative expression. By encouraging child-directed play, we ensure that your child develops at his or her own pace. Sharing, cooperating and taking turns teaches your child the importance of being a team player.

Program features:

  • Daily small-group instruction which promotes skill development
  • The perfect balance of nurturing, learning and playtime
  • An environment focused on the development of the whole child
  • A variety of activities that support learning concepts for this age group
  • Encouragement and support that lead to confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep your informed about your child's day

PRESCHOOL  3 TO 5 YEARS

A preschooler's world opens up in new ways as children improve coordination, learn complex games and begin to interact more with others. Children learn by doing, and at YMCA preschool centers, your preschooler will strengthen his or her cognitive skills with plenty of hands-on activities.

Program features:

  • Observation-based assessments that demonstrate progress
  • Thematic units that encourage curiosity, self-direction, and confidence
  • Math and science skills heightened through hands-on experiences
  • Portfolios to collect your child's work and capture their unique creative expression
  • Small group instruction
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day 

KINDERGARTEN READINESS

Kindergarten is a very important stage for children and our program works in conjunction with the TEEMS program to prepare them. This program is for children ages 3-5 years old. They will learn how to recognize letters, numbers, shapes and colors before they enter kindergarten, giving them a jump start on their education.

 

 

YMCA Mission

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs
that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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