About The YMCA KIPP Early Learning Center
The YMCA KIPP Early Learning Center opened in August 2016. We are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and offer infant and toddler care, Pre K, and after-school for KIPP Kindergartners and 1st Graders.
Morning snack, lunch and snack are provided at no charge to all children daily. The facility is located on the grounds of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Columbus campus close to Easton and the airport. The Early Learning Center partners with the Columbus Museum of Art, Ballet Met, the Mid Ohio Food Bank and others members of the community.
KIPP is a national network of free, open enrollment college preparatory public schools, grades kindergarten through high school, with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life.
Karla Kendrick, Director
(614) 706-3300 ext. 4
Welcome to Preschool!
Now’s the time to give your child the jumpstart he or she needs to prepare for kindergarten.
Your kids are discovering all kinds of exciting worlds. At YMCA Preschool, we carefully design every activity to expand their imaginations and encourage lifelong, positive values. We follow The nationally recognized Creative Curriculum® and focus on kindergarten readiness skills.
Our curriculum meets Ohio’s Step Up To Quality requirements Initiative and is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards.
The environment is inviting for children to make choices and explore new ideas. Activity centers for skill based learning are seen 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.
Our teachers interact 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.
Well-trained and experienced staff are a critical element in high quality child care programs. The YMCA employs 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. All teachers 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.