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South Valley YMCA, Sakamoto

5632 Santa Teresa Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95123

Phone:
(408) 227-3319

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"YMCA curriculum activities stimulate learning, creativity and imagination. Your child's program will include character development, arts and crafts, sports, games, cooking, science, performing arts, environmental awareness, literacy, homework support as well as a monthly community service project." Extracted from www.scvymca.org Your child will have many opportunities to have fun. Children enjoy our enrichment-based program because they make lots of friends and can choose to participate in a variety of activities in a learning-supportive environment." Extracted from www.scvymca.org

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught "YMCA child care programs incorporate hands-on learning experiences to teach the values of: CARING: the ability to show compassion, forgiveness, generosity and kindness HONESTY: to speak the truth and behave with integrity and fairness RESPECT: understanding and acceptance of other people and different beliefs, empathy for others and self respect RESPONSIBILITY: courage to do what is right, follow through on commitment, service for the community and good health practice The YMCA also builds stronger children through asset development. Developmental Assets are part of every YMCA activity, and all programs are designed to teach youth values that will allow them to grow into healthy members of our community. Strong family involvement, positive adult role models, and a caring environment all contribute to youth development." Extracted from www.scvymca.org

From the Director:

"YMCA curriculum activities stimulate learning, creativity and imagination. Your child's program will include character development, arts and crafts, sports, games, cooking, science, performing arts, environmental awareness, literacy, homework support as well as a monthly community service project." Extracted from www.scvymca.org

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In our YMCA Child Care Program, your child will participate in a fun and learning-supportive program while developing the values of Caring, Respect, Honesty and Responsibility through a variety of enriching activities:

We believe that:
- Programs should be opportunities and experiences that stimulate a child's physical, intellectual, emotional and social development in a learning-supportive environment.
- Programs must meet the developmental needs of a particular age group and most importantly, the individual needs of each child.
- The schedule, pacing and rhythm of each activity should be consistent with recognized principles of youth development.
- Children need many opportunities to make their own choices.
- The diversity of families is a strength of our community, therefore, programs must honor each child and family as unique."

Extracted from www.scvymca.org

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"A parent is the most important person in a child's life. Working parents are faced with the difficult decision of choosing the best child care environment for their children.

We believe our program provides parents with the peace of mind necessary to maintain a balance between work and family obligations.

Child care is a partnership between the parent and the child care provider. The YMCA welcomes parent participation in programs and policy decision-making. This involvement contributes to the success of our programs. We encourage parents to visit the center, meet staff and participate in our program."

Extracted from www.scvymca.org

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school