Virtual Kindergarten Readiness Program

Ages:  4-6 in an Online Small Group Setting | A Y Membership is NOT required

Offerings: Sessions are being offered two days (Tuesday/Thursday) or three days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) a week.

FREE for students who participated in GSRP in the 2019-2020 school year.

The YMCA’s Virtual Kindergarten Readiness program is designed to engage your child in developmentally appropriate activities to enhance and develop their social-emotional, cognitive and language development in alignment with the Michigan Preschool Standards and Connect for Learning Curriculum

Each Virtual Kindergarten Readiness session will provide your child with opportunities to learn in a group setting via a virtual platform. Sessions are driven by weekly topics that will provide each child an opportunity for sharing, and a strong emphasis on content through review and applications of mathematics and literacy concepts that are fundamental for their age group. Sessions are being offered two days (Tuesday/Thursday) or three days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) a week.

As a follow up to each session, your instructor will send you school-home connections that will allow your child to extend the skills they experienced in the session, at home.

Weekly Session Themes are set up to scaffold from one week to another so there is fluid learning within the program. Some examples of themes are: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Signs of Spring; Gardening; Exploring Trees, Insects, & Kites + Wind.

Child doing virtual classes

TO REGISTER

Registration for this program must be done online. Unfortunately we cannot accept registration over the phone or in person.

REGISTER For TWO DAYS

REGISTER FOR THREE DAYS

If you have any questions, please call Julie at 616.855.9537

Virtual Kindergarten registration is available in a 2 days or 3 day options.

2 days/week: $30 member/$40 non-member

3 days/week: $45 members/$60 non-members

What are the YMCA staff qualifications?

Our staff have experience working with children and have a variety of educational backgrounds relative to this program including degrees in education or related areas of study.

Are staff background checked?

Yes, all YMCA employees undergo a thorough background screening including criminal history, sex offender and reference checks.

What training do staff receive?

Our staff are required to complete online Child Abuse Prevention training, as well as trainings on policies, procedures, and risk management. Each staff member is required by the State of Michigan to obtain 24 hours of additional training in child development and safety.

Will my child be instructed one-on-one?

Virtual sessions will be in a group format and are designed for up to 8 children.

What technology is needed?

You will need a computer with a camera and an internet connection. Sessions will be conducted through GotoMeeting. You do not need a GotoMeeting account. An access link will be provided prior to your first session.

What does a session include?

The YMCA’s Virtual Kindergarten Readiness program is designed to engage your child in developmentally appropriate activities to enhance and develop their social-emotional, cognitive and language development in alignment with the Michigan preschool standards. Each Virtual Kindergarten Readiness session will provide your child with opportunities to learn in a group. Sessions are driven by weekly topics that will provide each child an opportunity for sharing, and a strong emphasis on content through review, and applications of mathematics and literacy concepts that are fundamental for their age group.

How do I sign up?

Registration for this program must be done online. Unfortunately we cannot accept registration over the phone or in person.

What ages are eligible?

This service is available for children going into kindergarten, who have completed four-year-old preschool.

What days and times are sessions available?

Sessions are being offered two days (Tuesday/Thursday) or three days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) per week.

How can I contact my child’s instructor?

We ask that communication with your instructor be conducted through email. Your instructor will provide you with their contact information prior to your first session.

Who should I contact with questions?

You can email Jamilyn Ruwersma with any questions at jruwersma@grymca.org.