Investment in programs aimed to increase the health and wellbeing of children, from prenatal to five years old.
Kids Can Early Childhood Education Program provides a state-licensed and nurturing atmosphere of discovery, fun, and learning while preparing young children for school. For children ages 18 months to 5 years old, we offer three early childhood classrooms and a program that is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays to provide wrap-around childcare with a dynamic curriculum. We introduce children to shapes, letters, math and science concepts as well as social-emotional competencies and gross/fine motor skills development to prepare children for Kindergarten.
The intent of the YMCA’s Early Childhood Education program is to give children ages 2-6 in high poverty areas the early skills and knowledge that they need to start Kindergarten prepared to succeed. Working on the fundamentals of language arts, letter and number recognition, colors, shapes and basic writing skills, the Y early learning students will develop the skills and academic achievement necessary to successfully enter Kindergarten.
KidSquad is an early childhood mental health and education consultation service designed to promote healthy social and emotional development in young children by providing developmentally appropriate and culturally specific prevention and intervention in childcare and early childhood education settings. KidSquad utilizes the framework of the evidence-based Teaching Pyramid Model for Promoting the Social Emotional Competence of Infants and Young Children.
Ready in 5 seeks to prepare refugee children and their parents for the American school system. In partnership with Heartland Family Service, we choose the largest refugee areas in the city and go in the homes to provide educational instruction to groups of children, ages 3 to 5, and their parents. The goal is to teach children the basic cognitive concepts and social skills they will need to know in order to be successful in kindergarten, and to teach the parents that they are their children's first teachers.
Ready to Learn is a YMCA of the USA Achievement Gap pilot program. The YMCA launched the Achievement Gap Initiative with the objective of substantially increasing the Y movement’s capacity to support the classroom readiness and educational success of low-income children.