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Spring Valley YMCA School Age Child Care Limerick Elementary

81 Limerick Center Rd.
Royersford, PA 19468

(610) 495-1065


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Homework groups are set up so that one staff has 12 children to work with, allowing the staff member to really get to know the child and his/her needs. Staff feels free to talk to parents with any concerns, and send home progress reports three times a year to keep parents informed of their child's needs and development.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

Children in the morning program have the opportunity to purchase breakfast. Children in the afternoon program are given snack. They also receive a minimum of 30 minutes of homework help per day, followed by a physical activity, arts and crafts, etc. There is also an opportunity to swim off site several times a year, and some bowling field trips. A reading program is also in place with trained tutors from a local college and high school coming in to work with the children once a week. The afternoon program also features a walking club, set up by the county department of health, and supervised by the YMCA staff.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are given evaluations three times a year that are based on staff observations of their child. They are able to schedule a conference if they feel it is necessary. There is also Parent Committee that meets regularly, enabling parents to have a say in the School Age Child Care Program. YMCA of the USA curriculum is used, as well as Pennsylvania state learning standards when creating lesson plans for the program. Children are also free to give input into projects/activities they would like to do at any given time. Parents are free to visit the program anytime they would like.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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