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The Williams YMCA of Avery County

The Martha Guy Child Development Center

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—the Williams Y supports families. Our Child Development Center is designed to provide interactive learning experiences for your young ones while you get the opportunity to take time for yourself. During each child’s stay, our staff offers nurturing care for children 6 weeks to 6 years in a safe and fun environment. We aim to develop socialization, exploration, choice and creative play through our programs. Best of all—The Child Developement Center is free to members of the Y. 

  • CDC space will be limited. All services are on a first come, first serve basis. We reserve the right to change the maximum limit at any time.
  • After three (3) documented behavior problems, the child will be removed from the program for two (2) weeks, and the situation will then be reevaluated.
  • There is a two (2) hour maximum stay per day. This will be strictly enforced.
  • Parents must remain on the Williams YMCA campus; runners and participants in outdoor activities are asked to leave a cell phone number upon sign-in.
  • Holiday hours will be posted at the membership desk.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the center.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Jenn Roark, Director of Children’s Programs at (828) 737-5500 ext.329.

Improving Eduactional Outcomes for our kids

Statistics show that a large number of children from low-income environments reach kindergarten unprepared and that they continue to fall behind in school without proper interventions. This “gap” is known as the Achievement Gap.* 

The Williams YMCA is doing their part to help close the achievement gap.  The Child Development center offers its members circle time, art activities, and social interactions.  

When a child participates during circle time they learn how to interact with adults and children outside of the home.  They learn about themselves and how they relate to other people. Children also learn   listening skills as well as respecting others by paying attention to their peers and teacher.  Additionally, children learn about limits and  structure, begin to understand boundaries, and develop patience and understanding. Circle time also expands awareness of physical, sensory and language experiences through exposure to new songs, dances,   various materials and other stimuli. Dancing helps develop gross motor skills while singing promotes coordination, counting, dexterity, rhythm and singing.  

Art activities are teacher initiated but still allow for the child to express their creativity.  Each child is afforded the opportunity to create an art activity daily under the direction of the teacher.  There are many benefits to art too.  Art helps to develop fine motor skills, promotes  decision making, increased language development, and increased visual learning. 

Social interaction takes place through the entire day.  But the majority of the social interaction is learned through dramatic play, building with blocks, or any of the other work stations that the center has to offer. Here is where the child really learns about themselves. When playing with others, children learn appropriate social behaviors, such as sharing, cooperating, and respecting the property of others. In addition, while interacting with their peers, young children learn communication, cognitive, and motor skills. 

The Y’s Achievement Gap work builds on our strengths in giving young people the tools and motivation to succeed through a holistic approach to youth development, developing their cognitive, physical and social-emotional well-being. A successful youth development process fulfills children’s innate need to be loved, spiritually grounded, educated, competent, and healthy.*



*Information provided by the YMCA of the USA.