The Classroom Environment

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YCCDC PROGRAMS


Infant and Toddler Programs:

The Infant/Toddler program serves children six weeks to 36 months, grouped by developmental age. The Infant Program philosophy emphasizes respect for the infant as an individual and encourages each infant to be an active participant in their interactions with other infants and caregivers in small primary care groups.

In the Toddler classrooms children have many opportunities to receive individual attention from the caregivers in a positive and nurturing manner. Toddlers enjoy daily indoor and outdoor activities that include sensory play, art activities, music, small group times for stories and songs, manipulatives, and gross motor skills that include tricycles, climbing structures, playhouse, wagons, and push toys.

Preschool Program:

YCCDC  provides both full day and half day options for children three to five years. This program provides a well-balanced curriculum with emphasis on children’s social/ emotional skills and developing sense of autonomy. The multi-age groups encourage pro-social behavior and an enriched cognitive environment. This setting ensures that children’s needs (intellectual, physical, emotional, social and creative) are appropriately met at a variety of levels. The curriculum includes many activities: art and creative exploration, science and nature activities, gardening, sensory experiences, large muscle activities, language arts and early literacy activities, music and math awareness through hands-on manipulation of objects in the environment. There is a special focus on self-awareness and the appreciation of diversity within the classroom. Daily group times provide an opportunity for sharing, music, movement and stories.

 

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Our professional dispositions are a collaboration of Montessori, Waldorf, and Head Start philosophies, therefore creating an environment where all students have equal access to quality education.

We recognize and value children’s individual and diverse needs by promoting practices that support “the whole child” throughout all content areas.

The term “farm to preschool” encompasses efforts to serve local or regionally produced foods in early child care and education settings. Provides hands-on learning activities such as gardening, farm visits, and culinary activities, that integrates food-related education into the curriculum.