Early Childhood

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Early Childhood

The YMCA is committed to providing quality childcare programs. YMCA academy pre-school programs are NAEYC accredited.

* Help children develop to their fullest potential * Support and strengthen families * Deliver child care in a caring, safe and positive environment

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Traditional Care Ages 6 weeks-5 years
YMCA pre-school programs offer year-round care, Monday through Friday for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. The YMCA uses the theme-based “Creative Curriculum” with the philosophy that children learn best by doing. The curriculum exposes learning opportunities in the areas of art/writing, language development, reading, math, music n’ movement, science and discovery, physical activity, cooking and computer programs.

Pre-K Ages 4-5
The purpose of Georgia Pre-Kindergarten is to provide a full day (6.5 hours of instructional services), five days per week, 36 weeks (180 days) per year of appropriate educational, instructional services for four- and five-year-old children. Each class is led by a certified teacher. Georgia Pre-K program goals are to provide an appropriate pre-school education program emphasizing growth in language and literacy, math and science concepts, art and music, physical development, and social concepts.

Head Start Ages 3-5
Partnership for Community Action, Inc. Head Start program is a comprehensive early childhood program that develops social competence in children. Head Start programs are guided by a set of program performance standards that specify a wide range of services to ensure comprehensive care including health, education, parent involvement, and social services.

Summer Day Camp Ages 4-7
YMCA summer day camp programs will give you peace of mind while you are at work. This program will assure the learning, fun and character-building experienced during the school year continues into the summer months. The activities are designed to keep your child’s mind and body active while nurturing the YMCA’s core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.


Teen Parent Program
We provide childcare to children of teenage parents from local schools who are committed to return to school. These teenage parents may receive tuition assistance through local DFACS agencies.

1 Family

YMCA child care is familycentered, which means parents must be included in the care process. The goal of YMCA child care is to support and assist the parent, to strengthen parent-child relationships, and to increase the importance of the family.

3 Community

The YMCA assesses the needs of its community and responds with programs to meet those needs, helping to make the community a healthier, safer, and better place to live. Each YMCA designs and delivers its childcare programs according to the specific needs of families in the neighborhood it serves.

2 Child

YMCA childcare programs provide caring role models and age-appropriate experiences that nurture children’s growth, encourage positive behavior, and help children develop a strong sense of right and wrong. Child care offers great potential for the achievement of the YMCA mission and objectives in the lives of children and families.

4 Accessibility

The YMCA believes safety and care are birthrights of all children, and it is the responsibility of parents to provide their children with full-time care from birth through adolescence. Quality child care must be available to all who need it, not just those who can afford it.

Creative Curriculum
Second only to human relationships, a well-planned curriculum helps define a child’s experience in a YMCA program. Curriculum affects all aspects of a program: overall quality, parents’ perceptions, and the outcomes and benefits of the program for individual children. To ensure that YMCA early childhood programs deliver high-quality activities and interactions, YMCAs have embraced The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc. Based in Washington, D.C., Teaching Strategies is committed to improving the quality of early childhood programs by producing curriculum and training materials.

The Creative Curriculum includes five components:
* How children develop and learn * The learning environment * What children learn * The role of the teacher * The role of the family

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