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.
If you have any questions or concerns contact Jenn Roark, Director of Children’s Programs at (828) 737-5500 ext.311.
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.