Nurturing Your Child's Potential
The Greater Naples YMCA has consistently served over 200 children annually, earning the distinction as our area’s largest preschool. The caring and compassionate teachers have modeled a program that has produced some of the highest school readiness scores in the county.
Our educators all have Early Childhood Education experience and at least 45 hours of training required by the Department of Children & Families in toddler/pre-school development. Many of our educators have their Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials or a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and are CPR and First Aid certified. The YMCA believes in quality care, and the teacher to child ratio is lower than state requirements.
Educators in our preschool program have all received the necessary training in how all the pieces of the Creative Curriculum fit together. The training includes:
- Implementing the Creative Curriculum in a YMCA Early Childhood program.
- Introducing the curriculum: How children develop and learn, what children learn, learning environment, the teacher's role and the family's role.
- Workshops on interest areas: Blocks, dramatic play, toys, art, discovery, music and movement, computers and outdoor activities.
- Workshops on what children learn (core components).
A History of Excellence
The Apple Blossom Award program selects an annual Teacher of the Year and additional Distinguished Teachers from all, infant through preschool, teachers in Collier County. Since 2007, our YMCA Preschool has had at least one nominated teacher and has often times taken home the highest honor of having the Collier Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year.
Winning Apple Blossom Teachers
Distinguished Teachers: Mollie Skidmore, Monica Taccone, Alicia Lavoie, Cindy Burnett & Lindsey MCCue
Teacher of the Year: Carol Barto
Distinguished Teacher: Monica Taccone, Lindsey McCue
Distinguished Teachers: Carol Barto, Kayla Crowder-Riggs, Shawn Harris & Monica Taccone
Teacher of the Year: Michelle Young
Distinguished Teachers: Monica Taccone & Ivan Torres
Teacher of the Year: Michelle Blackmon
Distinguished Teachers: Ivan Torres, Monica Taccone & Michelle Hensley
Teacher of the Year: Avril Carr- LLoyd
Distinguished Teachers: Michelle Blackmon, Monica Taccone & Kimberly Ratcliff
Teachers of the Year: Megan Turner & Stephanie Weighmink
Distinguished Teachers: Michelle Hensley, Michelle Blackmon & Monica Taccone
Distinguished Teacher: Susan Rohrbaugh
Teachers of the Year: Carol Clabaugh & Lisa Giannone (Casey)
Teachers of the Year: Joanna Munoz (Rivera) & Audrey Pazmino
MEET OUR EDUCATORS
Our highly qualified educators represent a diverse background of early childhood education and experience. Our educators value learning and are provided with ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance leadership, support core competencies and integrate knowledge of early childhood education/ child development.
For more information on YMCA Early Education or to schedule a tour of one our facilities, please contact:
GAYNOR EARLY LEARNING CENTER Paul ConklinExecutive Director239.963.3778Email Childcare
NCEF EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER Monica TacconeEarly Education Site Director239.732.3750Email Childcare