YMCA Child Development Center at Newport News
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We recognize that all children progress through the same stages of development at their own rate. Our program gives us flexibility to accommodate these different rates through the use of learning centers.
- Curriculum-Based Learning Centers and Weekly Themes
- Circle Time
- Outdoor/Gym Activities
- Cooking and Science Projects
- Music and Movement
- Swimming and Water Fun
We serve all children, 2 years old through 5 years:
- Twos – 1:8 (24 to 36 months)
- Preschool – 1:10 (3 to 4 years)
- Pre-K – 1:10 (4 to 5 years)
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Meal time offers an opportunity for children to share experiences and form positive habits toward eating.
Guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program are followed when serving breakfast, lunch and snack. Menus are posted in a central location. Please do not send peanuts or candy as these items can cause a young child to choke. Due to Health Department guidelines, food brought in to share with the class must be store-bought. Homemade items cannot be shared with the class. The YMCA will provide an alternate meal or food item for children with food allergies, when documented by a physician. Food brought from home for diet or medicinal purposes must be labeled and given to the teacher for proper storage.
Make an appointment with the Preschool Director. Please bring a copy of the child’s current physical, shot record, and original birth certificate. Due to state licensing agreements, incomplete registrations cannot be processed.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is the Y’s preferred method of payment for tuition. Fees are automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account either weekly or monthly, per your request. Financial Assistance is available for those not able to pay the full amount; please ask about the Guardian program.
Licensed and Accredited
The Center is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services and is accredited by the *Virginia Star Quality Initiative. We meet all local and state laws pertaining to child care and strive to function at levels above and beyond the minimal requirements of the state.
*The Virginia Star Quality Initiative was created to provide a consistent way to the level of quality in early education programs, allowing families to make more informed choices and allowing child care providers a way to improve the quality of services. High quality care means that children are engaging in meaningful learning and play, guided by qualified caregivers in an enriched educational environment. This voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early childhood settings awards programs who choose to participate one of five star levels of increasing quality. Rated providers are demonstrating their commitment to quality beyond expectation or requirement. So look for the Star Rated symbol, because a child’s brain development can’t wait.
Several staff members have degrees in early childhood or elementary education. Staff is continually trained and furthering education in the area of early childhood. All are required to complete 24 hours of training each year and are CPR certified. We have a warm, caring and friendly staff.
CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOL ARE CLOSED:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- Christmas Eve and Christmas day
- 1 in-service training day (2 additional training days are completed on weekends)
Rules are centered on character development and the YMCA’s core values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. Teachers use rules consistently to reinforce positive behavior.