Preschool

Indian Boundary YMCA Preschool Program

At the INDIAN BOUNDARY YMCA, we believe childhood should be a happy fun filled period of life where children can explore and experience the world around them, make friends, play and just have fun.

Our Preschool program offers children the abilities to learn through play and to confidently explore and build a positive self esteem. Children's readiness for formal schooling is most effectively promoted by play experiences in which they feel the freedom to try out new ideas, practical skills and imitate adult roles. Children are encouraged to build social skills that help build upon negotiation skills, conflict resolution skills and building friendships. Our teachers are highly qualified early childhood professionals and DCFS certified, with continual professional development to ensure the best and most current practices in the classroom.

Our preschool curriculum promotes individual children's growth through learning, exploration and creativity. We are proud to begin implementing the Creative Curriculum, which is fully aligned with state and national Early Learning Standards. The curriculum focuses on the interests of children, which creates the study topics of our lessons. Creative curriculum promotes social, emotional and physical development, language, literacy, math and cognitive skills. The curriculum also includes science, social studies and the arts to develop the whole child based on their individual developmental needs. Cooking, science experiments, water recreation in the pool, exploratory art, gym time and learning with technology are among some of the activities that are a part of our curriculum.

We strive to form a partnership with every family. These partnerships are based on mutual trust, understanding, respect and common goals.

 

Full-Day Programming

ProgramTimeMem/Non-mem
5-day full-day 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $875M/$1138NM per month
3-day full-day 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $655M/$825NM per month

If you choose the full-day option, your student will receive 1 continental breakfast, 3 snacks, 1 lunch and a rest period.

 

Half-Day Programming

Program Time Mem/Non-mem
5-day half-day 7 a.m.-noon $525M/$683NM per month
3-day half-day 7 a.m.-noon $395M/$515NM per month

The 3-day option allows you to pick the days you would like your student to attend. If you choose the half-day option, your student will receive 1 breakfast and 1 snack.

 

 

Professional and caring faculty

Our faculty are caring professionals who are committed to the development and education of young children. Our preschool faculty must meet Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requirements for their positions at the center.

 

Science

Through exploration and hands on experiences children can engage with materials found in nature and in the modern world. Children will have the opportunity to explore scientific thoughts and principals including nature (plants, animals), cooking (chemistry), weather (wind, rain), cause and effect relationships (floating/sinking, pulleys) and the environment (water, recycling) to name a few.

 

Social/emotional development

Interacting with other children during play promotes the acquisition of social skills and enhances the ability to communicate with other children, encourages problem solving and abstract thought. Our teachers will plan activities and direct opportunities for children to work and play together. This allows children to build confidence in their ability to get along with and enjoy the company others. In addition, children will be introduced to what emotions are, learn techniques on how to control and respond to one's own emotions as well as other children's emotions.

 

Math

Teachers will build on children's mathematical experiences and knowledge. Children will be introduced to mathematical concepts through child-guided and child-focused explorations including number sense (which is greater than 3 and less than 5), geometry (blocks, patterns and shapes), measurement (size, distance, amount) and spatial relations.

 

Arts

Children will have the opportunity for exploration of the arts through art, drama, music and movement. This provides children the ability to express themselves through emotions for self expression.

 

Swimming

Children will receive one free swim lesson every weekk.

 

Pre reading and writing

Pre-writing skills are the fundamental skills children need to develop before they are able to write. These skills contribute to a child's ability to hold and use a pencil, and ability to draw, write, copy, and color. To help children build necessary skills to develop writing readiness, teachers will provide children with experiences where they can work on continuing to develop hand and finger strength, hand-eye coordination and upper body strength.

Teachers will provide an environment that will encourage children to work on pre-reading skills. Some of these skills are print awareness (books), narrative sills (story dictation), vocabulary (introducing words), phonetic awareness (singing/nursery rhymes) and letter recognition.

 

Questions?

For additional information about preschool programming, please contact Devin Williams at dcwilliams@ymcachicago.org.

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