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Early Childhood Child Care

Child Development

WE TAKE CARE OF THE LITTLE THINGS

With so many demands on today's families, parents need all the support they can get. That's why child care at the Y is about more than looking after kids. It's about nurturing their development, by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and building self-reliance through the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

THE YMCA DIFFERENCE

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. 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

We use the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Curriculum. CATCH researchers continue to gather evidence that reaching children at a young age improves chances of embracing healthy messages and behaviors for a lifetime. CATCH Early Childhood (CEC) is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun.

Great Start to Quality is Michigan's tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs that meet their children’s needs. Warm World Early Child Care is a 4 Star---demonstrating high quality across most standards!

CARE OPTIONS FOR YOUR CHILD

Infant Care

Children are nurtured by loving, dedicated teachers. Each child is engaged in appropriate social and emotional interactions, and is cared for at their individual level. Monday - Friday 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Age: 6 weeks – 1 1/2 years old

Toddler Care

Children are introduced to music activities, large muscle activities and craft time. Each child is engaged in appropriate social and emotional interactions, and is cared for at their individual development level.

Monday - Friday 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Age: 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years old

Warm World Preschool

This program provides a safe, fun, and caring environment where children’s physical, emotional, social, and creative needs are met. Children learn ABC’s and 123’s through a variety of activities. Preschool, full and half-day options are available for children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old.

Preschool:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Full and Half-day:
Monday - Friday 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Complete this form for more information regarding the Y's Early Childhood Child Care programs:
  • For more Y programs for children this age, click here to go to Early Childhood (0 - 5 years) Programs.

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