Licensed Early Learning Center - Paths to Quality Level 3We accept CCDF vouchers
Welcome to the Kokomo YMCA Early Learning Center!
Here at the ELC we strive to make your child’s daycare experience one of a kind. With so many demands on today’s families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture the potential of youth. That’s why child care and early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
Strong Beginnings Create Bright Futures!
Children are like sponges - they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our child care, after school and Child Watch programs are staffed with many years of experience and teachers who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, as well as the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. At the Y, babies develop trust and security, preschoolers experience early literacy and learn about their world, and school-age kids make friends, learn new skills and do homework. Most importantly, children learn how to be their best selves. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.
We offer quality care for infants through preschoolers, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in a safe, enjoyable, and stimulating environment. We take great pride in knowing that our Early Learning Center is helping shape the development of our kids, as well as the curriculum and activities they encounter each day. To see our spots available, feel free to call our office at 765-236-2070 or stop by to get an application and take a tour of our building.
Director of Kokomo Early Learning Center
YMCA QUALITY CHILD CARE
Infancy is a time of great growth and discovery. Our infant care is based on the individual needs of each child. From individualizing sleep and feeding schedules to match each child’s unique needs, to creating exploration experiences that are appropriate for each child’s stage of development. Our focus is on creating an experience for each infant that encourages growth and development while providing a safe nurturing environment. Daily children have opportunities to explore art materials, snuggle on a teacher’s lap with a story, experiment with sound and music, build with blocks, and move around to build muscle strength.
The first and second years of life are unique times in a child’s life, requiring a delicate blend of caring comfort and freedom for exploration. Our teachers specialize in creating an environment that allows for safe and exciting exploration with caring support to encourage growth. Daily opportunities are planned for children to experience language building activities from signing to shared stories, sensory exploration from coloring on sand paper to exploring scent bottles, construction and block play to build early concepts of cause and effect, and lots of opportunities for moving and exercising their growing bodies. By blending both shared learning experiences with individualized one on one opportunities, each child’s unique development and interests are celebrated within each classroom.
Before & After School Care
YMCA Before and After School Program is designed to provide children of working parents with a quality before and after school care in a healthy and caring environment. We recognize the growing competence and independence of children from first to second grade. Eager to explore they want to make things, act out new dramatic possibilities, explore computers and books, and conduct scientific investigations. At the YMCA School Age Care, we work to reinforce children’s drive to learn with new challenges and opportunities to get out into the world. Students focus on reinforcing lesson basics as well as fun activities including indoor/outdoor play, science, service-learning, authentic art experiences, health and wellness, and construction investigations.
We serve all Kokomo area schools, however, Kokomo Schools provides transportation to/from our Child Care Center and care is on-site at Northwestern and Taylor Elementary.
Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are also open during holiday breaks, delays, and inclement weather.
Price: $11 per session or $22 per day
(With exception to Taylor, who is supported through 21st Century Scholars at no charge)
SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE PARENT HANDBOOK
SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE REGISTRATION FORM
Our Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten program offers an abundance of hands on learning experiences. Well-planned learning centers that allow for child choice, self directed play, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence make up the core of our program. From exploring what bugs need to survive to investigating how to construct a dollhouse, children embrace opportunities for authentic learning experiences that directly relate to their interests allowing for intrinsic motivation. Teachers support children’s learning by planning activities and creating centers that enhance the children’s developing interests. With each new project children embrace:
- Mathematical Reasoning “How long to my pieces of wood need to be?”
- Scientific Inquiry “If we give the plant milk to drink will that make it stronger?”
- Language Expression “I need to read about what bugs sting!”
- Creative Expression “I want to paint my puppet theater.”
In addition to planning exceptional activities within the classroom our teachers use Ages & Stages assessment tools to help ensure that each child’s individual growth and development is maximized.
Summer Sensation Program
Located at our Early Learning Center, this program is a summer chocked full of fun for ages 6-12. Focusing on the arts and sciences, we have a different theme for each week, ranging from Mad Science, to Myths & Legends, to Sports Extravaganza! We do gardening, cooking, welcoming special guests, outdoor classroom, and we do activities that help prevent summer learning loss. This summer we will also be visited by the Bookmobile to join the fun of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club!
Y member, 1st child: $115/week
Participant, 1st child: $125/week
Y member, 2nd child: $100/week
Participant, 2nd child: $110/week
Y member, 3rd or more child: $60/week
Participant, 3rd or more child: $65/week
Y member: $35
Play & Learn Center
We offer free drop-in child care while mom or dad make use of the Y. Playful, engaging options are plentiful for young children while you exercise or connect with others over shared interests. Your little ones can spend up to two hours a day with us at our Play & Learn Center!
Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday:
8:30 am - 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
8 am - noon