With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get. That’s why child care and school age programs at the Y focus on nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships, and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Child Care Curriculum
We utilize the Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Toddlers as a guide. Integrated (teacher directed), Play (hands-on learning centers) and Emergent methods (child driven) are the strategies used to deliver content to the children. The daily schedule includes mostly discovery play with learning centers that are supplemented with additional supplies and materials that enhance the weekly theme. Staff interactions among the children allow for conversations that instill information and extend a child’s thinking with open-ended questions and suggestions. Lesson plans are driven by the individual and cultural needs of the child and include the PA Early Learning Standards to ensure all areas of a child’s development are met.
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