y’s Way to the 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.

8 Core Content areas:
* literacy * social studies * healthy habits * mathematics * science * arts * technology * social, moral and spiritual development

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ymCa early learning PhilosoPhy
ymCa early learning programs are built on the four concepts of family, child, community, and accessibility.
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1 Family
YMCA early learning is family-centered, which means parents must be included in the care process. The goal Family of YMCA early learning is YMCA early learning is to support and assist the family-centered, which means parent, tomust be included in parents strengthen parentthe care process. and to child relationships, The goal of YMCA early learning is increase the importance of to support and assist the the family. strengthen parentparent, to
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 Community to make the assesses the community a The YMCA healthier, safer, and better needs of its community and place to live. Each YMCA to responds with programs meet and needs, its early designsthosedelivers helping to make the community a learning programs according healthier, safer, and of to the specific Each YMCA needs better place to live. families inand delivers its early designs the neighborhood itlearning programs according serves.
to the specific needs of families in the neighborhood it serves.


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

4 aCCessibility

4 The YMCA believes safety aCCessibility

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

YMCA pre-school programs offer year-round care, Monday through Friday for infants, toddlers and pre-school children. The YMCA uses the theme-based Y’s Way to the 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.

The purpose of Georgia Pre-Kindergarten is to provide a full day (6.5 hours of instructional services), five days per week, 36 weeks (164 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.

Partnership for Community Action 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.

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.

The YMCA is committed to providing quality early learning programs. YMCA pre-school programs are guided by the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards. SOME OF OUR GOALS ARE TO:
* Help children develop to their fullest potential * Support and strengthen families * Deliver early learning in a caring, safe and positive environment

* * * * * commitment to character development commitment to the highest standards clean, safe and secure environment nurturing environment experienced staff

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