Infants -The Most Critical Years of Development
Because our little ones have not yet fully developed their immune system, we take extreme care in making sure our infant rooms are completely sanitary to make sure they are healthy and comfortable. Our cribs and toys are disinfected on a daily basis and when changing your baby’s diaper, staff members must follow a strict process which includes disinfecting the diaper changing station after every use.
Your infants will never share a crib and cribs are only used when the child is sleeping. When they are awake, infants will engage in age-appropriate activities that promote the development of fine and gross motor skills through sensory activities as well as language development skills. You will receive a detailed daily report of the day’s activities, any new developments in your child, as well as feedings and diaper changes.
The YMCA’s infant care program is designed to meet the needs of each baby based on his or her own schedule. Infants nap, feed, play, and cuddle when they’re ready, not on someone else’s predetermined timeline. They learn music, singing, reading, finger playing, and constant verbalization ultimately fostering budding socialization, self-concept, and developmental skills.
The YMCA offers a safe, caring environment in which toddlers can begin the journey of life-long learning. Programs emphasize developing a strong self-concept as well as social, intellectual, and verbal skills.
Toddlers are entering into a major transitional time in their development. Because they are beginning to learn movements on their own, they are extremely curious and learn through exploring their environment. Toddlers are provided with the means to gather the knowledge that they crave through the use of age appropriate toys and projects.
During this stage of development, children are full of energy and eager to learn. Because of their inquisitive nature, the children are introduced to “circle time” where they gather on a daily basis to sing songs, listen to stories, learn Spanish, begin basic lessons including weather, letters of the alphabet and numbers. As a bonus, the YMCA also teaches toddlers simple sign language. Through this process, toddlers are enabled to further develop their language skills and learn basic concepts.