How old does my child have to be to come to daycare? 2 1/2 to 12 years old.
If you qualify for our EHS class room at the Y the child can be 6 weeks old.
Our Y classrooms they must be 2 1/2 years old and starting to potty train.
Does the YMCA offer part time child care? No
We do offer after school childcare for students enrolled in the After School program. But for the Pre-K classes it is full time.
Is there a time that my child needs to be dropped off? Yes 9:00 am.
This allows us to get a meal count for lunch and to plan our day since we have teacher to student ratios that need to be followed. If your child will be late please call the YMCA so we know to expect your child and at what time.
When is Childcare tuition due? At the beginning of every week.
When you drop your child off you can pay at the front desk, the teachers do not handle payments or billing.
What do we need to bring for our child's first day? A change of clothes including shoes, blanket, Pull ups if necessary( EHS provide diapers and wipes for the infant and 2 year old rooms), and weather appropriate clothing.
As a part of our license we are required to take the children outside daily. Extreme weather is the only exception.
What is the childcare schedule? It varies between the age groups.
Generally breakfast is served upon arrival and the cut off is at 9:00 am, then circle time or free play. Next the classes take turns in the gym or outside to play and run. 11:00 AM is lunch time. 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM is nap and quiet time. Snack is served at 2:00 PM. Gym or playground time again after snack. Each class is scheduled a time to have gross motor play crafts or stories are read while waiting for transitions in the schedule.
What Curriculum does the YMCA Child Development Center follow? Creative Curriculum.
Can I bring my child in if they are sick? No
If your child has had a fever over 100.4 , diarrhea, or thrown up twice in an hour; in the past 24 hours they can not attend the daycare until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
Can I bring food or drinks to the daycare? No
We participate in the CACFP programs in order to keep our funding we must provide well rounded meals for your child. If they have any food allergies or you have personal preference for food substitutions a form can be filled out. We then must substitute a CACFP approved alternative that is nutritionally equivalent to the food avoided. Example, no milk substitute plant based milk with similar nutrition, we cannot just give water.
We do have parties on occasion, in this case you may bring in extra treats that will be served in addition to the CACFP approved snack or meal. Additional food will need to be discussed with the classroom teacher in advanced. Allergies and healthy options will need to be considered.