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PROGRAM PURPOSE & GOALS
The Somerville YMCA Preschool program’s philosophy is to provide a safe, stimulating and reliable child care environment to foster self-esteem, meet each child’s individual needs and promote the physical, intellectual and social/ emotional well-being of the Preschool age child.
Our programs are designed to provide each child with a variety of positive, healthy and interesting activities throughout each week. The staff are trained and experienced in working with children. Many of them have a degree in education or in the human service field(s). The Y provides them with ongoing professional development and trainings throughout the year. Our staff meets all the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) requirements for licensed care programs. All of these regulations/standards can be found at the state website at www.ma.gov/eec. We are also a NAEYC Accredited Program. www.naeyc.org. NAEYC is the national accrediting body for early childhood programs.
AGE GROUPS OF CHILDREN
Preschool One – 2.9 years to 4 years
Preschool Two – 3.9 years to 5 years
The Somerville YMCA Preschool enrollment reflects the rich diversity of Somerville and the surrounding areas. Our multicultural atmosphere promotes a greater knowledge, understanding and acceptance of our local and world communities.
CURRICULUM / ACTIVITIES
Curriculum and additional programming spaces include: ♦ Teaching Strategies Gold Curriculum and Assessments ♦ Massachusetts Preschool Learning Experiences (PLE) ♦ Weekly Swimming Lessons ♦ Outdoor Play Space/Garden ♦ Large Indoor Gym Space ♦ Computers in Each Classroom ♦ Curriculum Based Art Projects ♦ Social/Emotional Enrichment
Families are our partners in providing each child with individual educational and behavioral goals. We maintain open lines of communication with families and invite families to participate frequently in Preschool events:
- Family Nights
- Family Trainings
- Volunteering for field trips and classroom activities
- Sharing of family’s cultures and traditions are all part of being a Y Preschool Family
The Somerville YMCA Preschool is a partnership site of the Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC) whose focus is on Expanding Early Education Opportunities for the children and families of Somerville.