Early Preschool Education Ages 2 years, 9 months – 5 years
With so many demands on today’s families, parents need all the support they can get. That’s why early childhood programs at the Y are about more than looking after kids. It’s about nurturing their development by providing a safe place to learn skills and develop relationships that lead to positive behavior, better health and educational achievement. At the Y, we also focus on role-modeling and teaching kids the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility. We welcome families at all of our program sites and encourage you to visit. Holidays, parties, family nights, special programs, field trips are all occasions for families to get involved at the Y.
We are proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for maintaining the highest professional standards in curriculum and teaching qualifications. This accreditation lets families know that children in our program are receiving the best care in early care experiences. This reinforces our mission of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities beginning with our youngest children.
The Y realizes the importance of each step in a child’s learning experiences; our curriculum encourages physical, emotional and cognitive growth. We believe in focusing on each child individually and tailor our curriculum accordingly.
We utilize the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Teaching Strategies/GOLD curriculum which are designed to focus on the individual needs and current interests of our children. The curriculum implements family home values, beliefs, experiences and language.
Y Programs Highlights:
Low staff-child ratiosYear-round care
Full day & half day programs—Choose 2, 3 or 5 days
Warm, caring staff-child relationships
Associate and bachelor degree teachers
Y nutrition and wellness programs