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The mission of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Early Childhood Education Programs is to passionately serve communities to develop a stronger future and to provide children with access to quality child care programs that help them develop school readiness skills.
About Our Program
Physical: (for healthy development children need healthy bodies) Nutrition, exercise, rest, and attention to health and safety are all incorporated into our curriculum.
Cognitive: (thinking, problem solving, laying the groundwork for later academic success) To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Social: (family, friends, relationships) To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group. Children grow up as members of families, cultures, and societies. Problem solving skills and opportunities to practice social skills are integrated throughout the day.
Creative: (art, music, movement, building, storytelling, etc.) Young children express themselves in many ways. We provide opportunities and materials with which to create. Our focus is on the process and joy of creation rather than the product.
Emotional: To help children experience pride and self- confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life. They look to the adults in their world to mirror this for them. We work together with the parent to make every child know they are important human beings.
The YMCA Early Childhood Education Programs are designed to develop children’s love for learning, discovering and growth. We believe in developing all areas of a child including; literacy, language and social development by providing consistent interactions with children and supporting group learning in loving, nurturing and safe environments. We partner with organizations and institutions whose mission is to increase the quality of care for young children in order to provide the best education for your child(ren).
In addition, at the Y we are committed to our Focus Areas when working with families and communities:
For Youth Development
Nurturing the potential of every child and teen.
For Healthy Living
Improving the nation’s health and well-being.
For Social Responsibility
Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.