Oak Park Child Care Center NOW ENROLLING!
Oak Park YMCA Child Care Center is a licensed center, we serve children aged 6 weeks through 5 years old.
Our Philosophy and Mission The Oak Park YMCA Child Care Center believes that each child is unique and has his/her own way of learning. Our program will provide quality environment that will enrich the developmental needs of children through a variety of learning experiences. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing and age appropriate environment that encourages individual growth. Vision Statement Our vision is to provide high quality, affordable early education so all children and families can learn, grow, and thrive.
To view our sample daily schedules, please view our Parent Handbook below:
The Creative Curriculum® is a research-based, comprehensive curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. The curriculum framework is based on the philosophy that children learn best by being actively involved in their environment. This includes exposure to and experiencing diverse languages both through peer to peer and staff to child communication in the child’s primary language while concurrently facilitating acquisition of the English language. What seems to be "just play," is really the way a child develops his/her own process of learning.
Creating an environment for preschoolers, infants and toddlers that matches their developing abilities and interests requires careful observation and thoughtful planning. The goal for teachers is to thoughtfully plan the environments that send a message to the child, “This is a place where I can play, have fun, and be happy.” Children will have space to store their artwork and personal possessions. The classroom is arranged into learning areas: library/quiet area, blocks, art, table toys, sand and water, math, cooking, science, music and movement, dramatic play, literacy and computer science. Materials are arranged on low shelves so your child can easily and independently select them. Picture labels are placed on containers and shelves so your child will learn where materials belong. Interest areas offer a carefully selected variety of learning materials, so no matter where your child chooses to play, they are learning.
THE DAILY ROUTINE FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS:
The daily routine helps your child feel secure and independent. A typical day might consist of:
- Routines Experiences
- Hellos and good-byes
- Playing with toys
- Diapering and toileting
- Imitating and pretending
- Eating and mealtimes
- Enjoying stories and books Sleeping and nap time
- Connecting with music and movement
- Getting dressed
- Creating with art
- Tasting and preparing food
- Exploring sand and water
- Going outdoors
THE DAILY ROUTINE FOR PRESCHOOL CHILDREN:
The daily routine helps your child feel secure and independent. Children are encouraged to move from one activity to another easily and confidently. Typical day might consist of:
- Story/music time
- Outdoor activities Group time (small and large groups)
- Family style meal Child/staff initiated activities and experiences
- Language development Blocks of time encourage your child to practice self-help skills, solve problems, exploration, use small and large muscles, develop both social and emotional skills, think, create, and have fun!
WHAT WILL MY CHILD LEARN?
The curriculum framework that is used by our program is based on the philosophy that children learn best by being actively involved in their environment. This includes exposure to and experiencing diverse languages both through peer to peer and staff to child communication in the child’s primary language while concurrently facilitating acquisition of the English language. What seems to be "just play," is really the way a child develops his/her own process of learning.
DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND SCREENING PLANS
Assessment methods are aligned with our Creative Curriculum® goals, provide an accurate picture of children’s ability and progress, are appropriate and valid, provide meaningful results for all children, including English language learners and children with special needs, provide teachers with clear ideas for curriculum development and daily planning and are regularly reviewed to ensure they are providing the necessary information. YMCA Child Care uses multiple developmentally appropriate, linguistically and culturally unbiased, and authentic methods and procedures to ensure comprehensive and detailed assessment information. Primary methods include: Observation Anecdotal records Development Skills Checklists Developmental screening – Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) (ASQSE)
Benefits of Our Program:
- Research based curriculum
- Individualized learning for each child
- Small and large group learning experiences
- Sign language used in our infant toddler rooms
- Enrichment during large group, Yoga and Spanish
- 10% sibling discount
- Accepts DHHS payments
- Open year round
- Participates with Great Start to Quality Rating System
- Separate preschool and toddler playgrounds
- Breakfast, snack and lunch included in the price of tuition
- Field Trips for Preschoolers
- Parent teacher conferences
Family fun nights
- Daily Sheets
Ensuring Your Child's Health
We are committed to protecting the health of our children, families, staff, and community. In accordance with best practices from local and state government, we have created a plan that will limit the spread of COVID-19 that include robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures and minimizing opportunities for person-to-person exposure. The following plan outlines the recommended practices and strategies will use to protect the health of our children, staff, and families while at the same time ensuring that children are experiencing developmentally appropriate and responsive interactions and environments. To view our plan – Click Here
Parent Resources and Forms:
Scholarship forms must be fully completed with all information included. Allow a minimum of three weeks for processing. All fees apply as normal until the application has been reviewed and approved. All scholarships are subject to availability of funds.
How to Enroll:
- Fill out an Inquiry Form
- Schedule a tour
- Review Family handbook
- Complete enrollment paperwork
- Pay enrollment fee
Schedule a Tour of our Facility:
Tours are provided by scheduled appointments, at this time tours will be after hours.
Hours of Operation and Center Information:
Child Development Center
Oak Park YMCA
900 Long Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48911
Direct line: 517-827-9691