Child Development Center
List of Programs
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All infants are provided with Parent’s Choice Sensitivity formula. Parents may bring in a different formula or breast milk if they prefer. Children that require food, in addition to a bottle, receive Gerber rice, oatmeal and/or mixed cereal and fruit and/or vegetables if appropriate. Between eight to 12 months children begin to use finger foods and start using sippy cups in addition to bottles. Children 12 months and older will be provided with breakfast, lunch and snack each day.
||Our infant room provides care for children ages six weeks to 16 months. Our infants are hugged, rocked and played with in a nurturing, loving environment. Infants experience a variety of activities throughout the day to help strengthen and develop muscles for rolling over, sitting up and eventually standing. The staff to child ratios for infants are: one to five for six weeks to 12 months and one to six for 12 to 16 months.
Our infant and toddler staff are moms and grandmothers with many years of experience who have a love of children. The infant program is facilitated by tenured staff who have been with this program from two to 22 years.
This room is organized into activity centers for dramatic play, language development, music and art. All children in the toddler classroom are introduced to toilet training as part of their daily schedule when developmentally ready.
Our toddler room provides care for children 16 months to 2 ½ years. The staff to child ratio for toddlers is one to five for 16 to 18 months and one to seven for 18 months to 2 ½ years.
This program offers developmentally appropriate activities and gross and fine motor skill development. The Creative Curriculum for Toddlers is utilized in a play based environment.
Full Day Preschool
Kid-Fit® physical fitness and nutrition program is a part of the daily schedule for all full day preschool children. The children enjoy an hour of fun, challenging and purposeful physical activities and nutrition education each day. This program teaches children the importance of daily physical exercise and making good, healthy food choices.
Our full day preschool program provides care for children 2 ½ through five years of age. The Creative Curriculum is delivered in an environment that is play-based, cheerful, fun and challenging with activities that are developmentally appropriate and designed to encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth in each child. Opportunities to explore, create, discover and try new ideas take place in a safe environment. Children are encouraged to develop problem solving and social skills as they form a positive self image.
Each preschool classroom is divided into activity centers for the development of literacy, math, science, social studies and art with an emphasis on Kindergarten readiness skills for those children preparing for public or private school Kindergarten.
The children enjoy a variety of activities such as block building, dramatic play, art, crafts, library time, small group and large group activity time and recreational time in the gymnasium and outside playground time.
“Growing Up Wild!” is a new program that has been included in Creative Curriculum for full and half day preschool children. This program integrates nature based exploration, art, literature, math, music and movement and outdoor play into our early childhood program.
The YMCA Character Development Values program with emphasis on caring, honesty, respect and responsibility is incorporated into the daily curriculum and activities. The Animal Trackers physical fitness and nutrition program and swim lessons are also a part of the preschool weekly schedule.
The staff to child ratios for this program are: one to eight for two and a half to three years; one to 12 for three to four years, and one to 14 for four to five years.
Half Day Preschool
Half day preschool options are available. Call for details.
Before and After School
Care is provided before and/or after school for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. This program is held from 5:00 am to 8:00 am and from school dismissal to 6:00 pm. Monday through Friday and follows the City of Sidney public school year calendar.
Bus transportation to and from the YMCA and the schools is contracted through the Sidney City Schools Board of Education. Transportation is provided for Emerson, Longfellow, Northwood, and Whittier public elementary schools and Holy Angels Catholic School.
All day care is provided for days school is not in session, i.e. bad weather days, teacher in-service days, Spring Break and Christmas Break, etc.
This program offers a variety of activities such as sports, crafts, homework time, outside recreation at Deam Park and inside recreation in the gymnasium and Fun Center. The before and after school program also includes an emphasis on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility through the YMCA Character Development program.
No School Days "Drop-In" Program
No school? No problem!
Full day FUN days are offered on:
· Teacher work days
· Inclement weather days
Some activities include recreational swimming, games, activities, and more plus breakfast, lunch
Your child MUST be pre-enrolled before use of the program
FREE enrollment if you register by Sept. 30 . Only pay for
the days you use!
This option is independent of regular before and after school care.
Summer Day Camp
View the Summer Day Camp page.