YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties Early Learning Centers are dedicated to enhancing the spirit, mind and body of all persons in a positive Christian environment through quality programs, services and facilities. Upon that foundation, children, parents and staff in our Early Learning Centers are considered to be the three components of our programs. Our integrated curriculum, consistent administrative policies, health and safety standards, positive guidance, etc. are built upon these statements.

In accordance with our goals and philosophy, our program is play-based. Each day your child will be provided time for free play with a wide variety of materials and spaces. Some activities are teacher planned and guided, but each child can freely choose which activity, materials or space he/she wishes to use. The YMCA strives to challenge and stimulate each child at his/her own developmental level and foster a positive self image by accepting each child as an individual.

The YMCA offers a well-balanced, child-centered program focused on the developmental needs of children six weeks to six years. We will make the program modifications to accommodate children with special needs when they are reasonable and necessary, if they do not fundamentally alter the nature of the program or result in an undue burden for the YMCA. All YMCA child care is family centered, involving parents and other family members as partners in the child care experience.

A major objective of the YMCA is to strengthen and support family life. YMCA child care is an ideal way to accomplish this objective. However, all those involved must play a role in the process of care and development if it is to succeed. The YMCA does not intend to become a substitute parent. Parents, caregiver, children and other family members all play an important role in caring for the child.

The YMCA program is based on a concern for the developmental needs of each child. We are committed to nurturing individual differences and the growth of the whole child –physical, social, emotional and cognitive. We make every effort to keep parents informed about what happens at the center concerning their child and appreciate receiving information about the child’s activities and progress while at home. The stronger the communication between home and center, the better the experience for both the child and the parents.