EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN

Ensuring a Brighter Future


The Creative Curriculum for ECE children is a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on building relationships, the learning environment, how children learn and how teachers and families can work together to strengthen the child’s growth and development, ensuring school readiness.

Our curriculum places an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. The outdoor environment is an extension of the classroom where children participate in an ECE gardening initiative that engages children by providing an interactive environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. ECE participants also have the unique opportunity to participate in other YMCA programs such as Water Safety Week and Sports Fridays.

The Creative Curriculum

Children experience the core components of the ECE curriculum through dramatic play, art, discovery, library, music, computers, outdoor activities and use of the YMCA pool and Gym. The curriculum outlines the six core components and includes two additional components specific to the YMCA.

Literacy: In our program, you’ll see a print-rich environment with a well-stocked library of books and audio. You'll find staff reading to children, children leafing through books, and adults and children talking about what they are reading.

Mathematics: In our program, you'll find children using a variety of math-related toys, tools and games. You'll hear children counting, and observe them manipulating measurements and sorting and classifying collections.

Science: In our program, you'll see staff talking about the world around them, introducing scientific ideas to children, and responding to and expanding upon children's observations. Don't be surprised if you find nature activities happening in the garden or in our forest preserve.

Social Studies: In our program, you'll find children trying on different roles in the dramatic play comer, and you'll find children and adults taking responsibility for their environment by recycling.

Art: In our program, you 'll find children and adults listening to, moving to and making music, art materials including paints, markers, crayons, clay, paper and glue and young children participating in puppet shows or performing skies or stories they've read.

Technology: In our program, you'll find children using a variety of tools, both for play and for real and you will see children as young as 3 or 4 using a computer.

Healthy Habits: From our Gardening Initiative to Sports Days, you will find children learning healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Social, Moral and Spiritual Development: You will find our staff demonstrating, teaching and celebrating our core values of honesty, respect and responsibility.


BREAKFAST, LUNCH & SNACKS

Our NCEF Early Childhood Development Center & VME Early Learning Center provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack, following the USDA guidelines. The program is designed to ensure that children have access to the nutritious meals they need to grow, learn and play and to help ensure their bodies and minds are healthy and strong. Parents may opt out of the food program.

Download: YMCA Meal Schedule (Coming Soon)


VOLUNTARY PRE-K ASSESSMENTS 

Our VPK program uses the Creative Curriculum Individual Assessment and Child Portfolios tools to assess your child's developmental progress annually. The teaching staff and families discuss the results of the assessments and plan for continued growth throughout the year.


ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Children three years and older may participate in other YMCA enrichment programs during their school day! Ask about additional YMCA enrichment programs to supplement your child’s early education experience.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

AGES:  3 years - 4 years

SCHEDULE:  Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

YMCA MEMBER PRICING: $725 per month ($362.50 paid on the 1st and 15th or each month)

NON-MEMBER PRICING: $825 per month ($412.50 paid on the 1st and 15th or each month)

To register in person, download, print and sign the registration forms and bring them to any of our Early Education Centers.

Download: Brochure  |  Registration Forms  |  Parent Handbook  |  Know Your Childcare Facility Brochure


VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN (VPK WRAP)

AGES:  4 years - 5 years

SCHEDULE:  Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

YMCA MEMBER PRICING: $540 per month ($270 paid on the 1st and 15th or each month)

NON-MEMBER PRICING: $640 per month ($320 paid on the 1st and 15th or each month)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: VPK Children must be four (4) years of age by September 1st and have a certificate from the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.

To register in person, download, print and sign the registration forms and bring them to any of our Early Education Centers.

Download: Brochure  |  Registration Forms  |  Parent Handbook  |  Know Your Childcare Facility Brochure


VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN (VPK NON-WRAP/SUMMER)

AGES:  4 years - 5 years

SCHEDULE:  Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

YMCA MEMBER PRICING: $700 per month ($350 paid on the 1st and 15th or each month)

NON-MEMBER PRICING: $800 per month ($400 paid on the 1st and 15th or each month)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: VPK Children must be four (4) years of age by September 1st.

To register in person, download, print and sign the registration forms and bring them to any of our Early Education Centers.

Download: Brochure  |  Registration Forms  |  Parent Handbook  |  Know Your Childcare Facility Brochure


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Registration Fee: $75.00
  • Annual Supply Fee: $75.00
  • Payment is due on the 1st and 15th of each month
  • Monday through Friday, snacks are included in the childcare tuition.  

Learn more about becoming a YMCA member on our Membership Page. Financial Assistance is available, please visit the Member Services Desk for more details.

Download: Early Education School Calendar (2017)

 



CONTACT US

For more information on YMCA Early Education or to schedule a tour of one our facilities, please contact:

GAYNOR EARLY LEARNING CENTER
Marianne Gaffney
Early Education Site Director
239.963.3778
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NCEF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Monica Taccone
Early Education Site Director
239.732.3750
Email Childcare