The YMCA of the USA believes learning takes place as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people daily. At YMCA Child Development Centers, children’s play is an essential component of our curriculum and through their play and experiences, themes are developed that guide our daily activities and interactions. The YMCA of the USA has embraced Creative Curriculum as its curriculum of choice.
The Creative Curriculum has six core content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and technology. The YMCA has identified two additional content areas: Healthy Habits and Social, Moral, and Spiritual Development.
By using the Creative Curriculum as our framework, we focus on:
- How children develop and learn
- The learning environment in which children learn
- What children learn
- The role of the teacher
- The role of the family
Our program uses the Creative Curriculum individual assessments and also child portfolios to assess the children’s developmental progress annually. The teaching staff and families discuss the results of the assessments and plan for continued growth throughout the year.
- Information Form (pdf)
- Child's History (pdf)
- Authorization Form (pdf)
- Enrollment Agreement (pdf)
- General Liability Waiver (pdf)
A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons a day
Whew, no wonder we go through so many towels at the Y!
Your skin is an organ
This one just intrigued me!
The right lung takes more air in than the left
Take a deep breath, fill your lungs and relax – you earned it!
The average human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap
Yikes, that is kind of disgusting, but interesting.
Apples are more effective than caffeine at waking you up in the morning
They said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, now one more reason to start the day with an apple.
It takes about twenty seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body
Faster than a speeding bullet!
The beat goes on…
During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
The average human body contains enough iron to make a small nail
Hmmm, not sure what to say about this, but kind of cool.
Each pound above your ideal weight lowers your life expectancy by 34 days
So, manage your weight through healthy eating & exercise. Our fitness coaches can help you!
Deep breathing gives you health benefits similar to aerobics
Slow down. Take a deep breath. But, don’t forget to do aerobics to make your heart strong.
Each human nostril registers smells differently
Smells in the right nostril are more pleasant than the left.
25% of your bones are located in your feet
Take care of your feet, wear socks that pull moisture away and make sure your shoes aren’t worn out.
Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for bone health
We knew Grandma was right on. Plant a flower or vegetable garden!
The most pushups ever performed in 1 day was 46,001
Want to learn how to do the perfect pushup, ask any of our fitness coaches for show and tell.
Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood each day
That heart sure does a lot of work. Keep it healthy with aerobic exercises.
The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime
Wow, the heart sure gets a great workout. Make sure to keep it healthy by taking a walk or run today.
There are 206 bones in the human body
Keep them strong with strength training exercises and healthy eating.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV
Turn off the TV, take a walk, and then go to sleep – think how many calories you will burn.
Diets are a part of life
Take a healthy approach and combine exercise with healthy eating and you’ll do all right.