Our programs utilize the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum. Weekly lesson plans and daily schedules are posted in each room/area. Our lesson plans are reviewed by our program coordinator prior to being posted. Our curriculum meets the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Ohio’s Step Up To Quality Initiative and is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards and Infant/Toddler Guidelines.
The YMCA Hilltop Educare Center believes children grow individually through active learning. This philosophy is evident in our environment, teachers, and curriculum.
The environment is inviting for children to make choices and explore new ideas. Activity centers are evident in all classrooms. The environment represents the children’s interests. Their creativity, pictures and words are valued and displayed throughout the classroom. This also offers them the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and findings.
The teachers co-play with the children and act as a role model by facilitating positive problem solving skills. Teachers plan and provide a variety of activities each day to promote individual growth in the following areas of development: social/emotional, cognitive/intellectual and physical. The teacher makes observations of the group and also individually in their interactions with them. These observations assist teachers with weekly curriculum planning as well as individual assessments.
The curriculum is based on the group‘s interest. Based on their observations, classroom teachers plan together. The curriculum offers challenges and new experiences to emphasize concrete learning and to achieve goals. School readiness skills are a part of children’s every day activity according to the age group. Developmentally appropriate materials are provided for all age groups. The curriculum celebrates diversity and encourages creative expression, language/literacy development, and health and safety practices.
Well-trained and experienced staff are a critical element in high quality child care programs. The YMCA employs Center Directors with degrees in Early Childhood Education or a related field and several years of experience in childcare administration to provide leadership in program operation and development. Each classroom features a Lead Teachers with a degree in Early Childhood Education/Education or a related field, experience and extensive in-service training hours in topics relating to Child Development. Our Assistant Classroom Teachers have experience and specific training in child development or early childhood education. All center staff members participate in continued professional growth through education workshops and conferences. There are always staff members on-site trained in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse Prevention and Recognition.
Our staff members are warm and nurturing and understand child development. Our staff meets regularly and works as a team to provide a safe, educational, and nurturing environment for young children. They are committed to maintaining the highest level of quality programming for you and your child.