Early Childhood Development Centers
We pay attention to the little things.
Infant & Toddler Ages: 6 weeks - 2 1/2 years (ages vary by location) | A Y Membership is NOT required
We love kids! Our Early Childhood Development Centers partners with parents to grow healthy, happy children, ages six weeks to five years. At the Y, infants develop trust and security, toddlers learn to explore, and preschoolers learn the skills needed to be successful in school. We provide children with a safe and nurturing environment filled with opportunities to grow and explore the world around them with caring professionals. Our Centers provide a warm, caring and fun setting that stimulates their natural curiosity and encourages personal expression.
The YMCA Early Childhood Development Centers are provided at several convenient, close-to-home locations throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area, please click on the link below for further information:
- Full/Part-time Child Care
- Low Child-Teacher Ratios
- Healthy Meals and Snacks
- Creative Curriculum
- Gym Activities
- Family Engagement Activities
- Outdoor Experiences
- FREE Y youth membership for all children enrolled full-time
- Financial Assistance available to those who qualify
Child Development Center Locations
We believe learning takes place as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people daily. Children’s play is an essential component of our curriculum, through their play and experiences, themes are developed that guide our daily activities and interactions.
At the Y, we utilize Creative Curriculum which has six core content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and technology. The Y has identified two additional content areas: Healthy Habits and Social, Moral, and Spiritual Development.
Our programs use the Creative Curriculum individual assessments and also child portfolios to assess your children’s developmental progress annually. The teaching staff and families discuss the results of the assessments and plan for continued growth throughout the year.
BY USING 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
PARENT RESOURCES & FORMS
Please note, this is a sample of our typical schedule. Each classroom will have a personalized daily schedule to ensure children’s developmental needs are being met.
|Start Time||End Time||Activity|
|Arrive at 8:00 am||Arrival, child choice, morning snack|
|8:00 am||9:00 am||Breakfast, table toys|
|9:00 am||10:00 am||Small group, large group time|
|10:00 am||11:30 am||Child choice, outside, gross motor|
|11:30 am||12:30 pm||Lunch|
|12:30 pm||2:30 pm||Rest time, quiet activities|
|2:30 pm||3:30 pm||Snack, table toys|
|3:30 pm||4:30 pm||Small group, large group time|
|4:30 pm||5:30 pm||Child choice, outside, gross motor|
|5:30 pm Closing||Departure|