early childhood

The Ann Arbor YMCA's full-day nationally accredited Early Childhood Program focuses on providing a safe, nurturing environment where children can thrive.  Our trained staff guide children through an age-appropriate curriculum that develops self-help skills and instills the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Since 2008, our Early Childhood Program has been accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC.

Our All-Stars classroom is for children ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years.  Our Aviators classrom is for children ages 3 ½  to 5 years. Our Early Childhood Program is open Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Daily planned lessons include centers focusing on creative expression, sensory exploration, language experiences, and opportunities for age-appropriate physical activities. Our classrooms invite children to make free-choice selections throughout the day with an emphasis on dramatic play, manipulative activities, block play, and transportation examination. Children are encouraged to develop self-help skills that foster independence and a positive self-image.

The Aviator program includes twice-weekly swimming lessons. Swim instructors and classroom teachers work with kids on swimming skills and give them time for free play in the pool. For more information about our Early Childhood Program, please contact the Child Care Office at 734-661-8058. 

The Ann Arbor YMCA's Half-Day Pre K Early Childhood Program focuses on providing a safe, nurturing environment where children can thrive and gain confidence in themselves prior to enrolling in full day kindergarten.  Our educated staff guide children through an age-appropriate curriculum that develops critical thinking skills and instills the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

Our Half-Day Pre-K program is for children aged 3-5. The program meets Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and follows the Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar.    Children will be based in the Atlantis Room located within Child Care at the Y. 

Daily planned lessons include centers focusing on creative expression, sensory exploration, language experiences, early science and math concepts and opportunities for age-appropriate physical activities. Our classroom invites children to make free-choice selections throughout the morning with an emphasis on dramatic play, manipulative activities, block play, and transportation examination. Children are encouraged to develop self-help skills that foster independence and a positive self-image

Children are provided one healthy snack per day and are welcome to bring a packed lunch each day.  Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The program includes once-weekly swimming lessons. Swim instructors and classroom teachers work with kids on swimming skills and give them time for free play in the pool. Swimming will take place each Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.

Fees: $500.00 per month.  Children beginning January 2013 will pay 5 equal payments of $500.00 and 1 payment of $250.00 for the partial month of June.  This does not include Deposit or Registration and Administrative Fees. 

Please contact Sonja Knighton for more information: sknighton@annarborymca.org

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