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Meadowlands YMCA

436 Ridge Road
North Arlington, NJ 07031

Phone:
(201) 955-5300
ext29

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"YMCA childcare programs stress care and safety, as they nurture the children's natural desire to learn and explore
through developmentally appropriate activities. The scheduling, pacing, and rhythm of these activities are consistent
with recognized principles of early childhood education, which let each child develop at his or her own rate. The
children's experiences shall stimulate physical, social, intellectual, and emotional growth. Fostering self-esteem and
respect for others is central to the YMCA's philosophy. Children are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings,
which fosters their emotional, social, and language development.
The family is the most vital element in the child's life; therefore, the YMCA has an open door policy in which we
encourage parents to visit their child throughout the day. We believe that parental involvement is important to a
child's learning process."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"OUR DAY AS TODDLERS�??
7:00-7:45 AM ARRIVAL & FINE MOTOR-[MANIPULATIVES, LEGOS,
BLOCKS]
7:45-8:30 AM BREAKFAST!
8:30-9:00 AM CLEAN UP
9:00-9:15 AM DIAPERING/POTTY TRAINING
9:15-9:45 AM CIRCLE TIME! - [CALENDAR, WEATHER, And
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: BULLETIN BOARD]
10:00-10:15 AM SNACK TIME
10:15-10:30 AM CLEAN UP!
10:30-11:00 AM ARTS AND CRAFTS
11:00-11:30 AM LEARNING CENTERS
11:30-12:00 PM LARGE MOTOR - (OUTSIDE
PLAY AREA, NATURE WALK)
12:00-12:15 PM CLEAN UP
12:15-12:30 PM DIAPERING/POTTY TRAINING
12:30-1:00 PM LUNCH TIME & CLEAN UP!
1:00- 3:00 PM NAP TIME - [REST ON MATS WITH BOOKS WHILE
LISTENING TO RELAXING MUSIC]
3:00-3:15 PM DIAPERING/TOILETING
3:15-3:45 PM MATH/SCIENCE
[NUMBERS, SHAPES, SEQUENCE, PATTERNS, PUZZLES,
SCENSORY PLAY]
3:45-4:30 PM OUTSIDE PLAYTIME!
(weather permtting)
4:30-5:00 PM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
5:00-6:00 PM READING READINESS
STORY TIME, FINGERPLAYS, DRAMATIC PLAY]
6:00-6:30 PM FINE MOTOR - [TABLE TOYS/MANIPULATIVES]
6:30 PM DEPARTURE

"Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation