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.

Our Curriculum 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 
Free Y family membership for full time enrolled families ∙ a value of up to $900

New Bedford YMCA Early Learning Center
25 S Water Street  
New Bedford MA 02740 
Monday-Friday  7 am - 5:30 pm
Swimming lessons included
Contact: 508.997.0734 x119   Nbearlyed@ymcasouthcoast.org

Shining Tides Preschool at the Mattapoisett YMCA 
38 Reservation Road  
Mattapoisett MA 02739 
Monday-Friday 8 am - 2:30 pm  
Contact: 508.758.4203 x105 Shiningtidesearlyed@ymcasouthcoast.org

Sippican Early Learning Center at Sippican Elementary School
16 Spring Street  
Marion MA 02738 
Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
NAEYC accredited

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