YMCA Preschool Curriculum:  The Y's Way to The Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum, developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc., and the companion guide The Y's Way to the Creative Curriculum, guide teachers in planning for the specific needs and interests of children.  Grounded in the latest research on how children learn best, the curriculum provides a framework for ten areas of development and learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Social Emotional
  • Social Studies
  • Arts
  • Science and Technology
  • Physical
  • Language
  • Cognitive
  • English Language Acquisition

The Y's Way to The Creative Curriculum rounds out the program with two additional components that are unique to YMCAs:

Healthy Habits: 3 key areas:  nutritional choices, physical activity, and physical and personal safety

Social, Moral, & Spiritual Development: You'll find staff demonstrating, teaching and celebrating the Y character development values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

A Child-centered Focus

To complement the traditional classroom experience, Y kids develop self-control and a sense of purpose through activities such as swimming, community field trips, fitness, sports skills and cooking & nutrition lessons.

Standards Beyond the Norm

Our goal is to create a fun and safe environment that fosters children's learning through activities that teach the Y's core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Unparalleled Purpose

Collectively, the Y is the largest provider of child care in America. Only at the Y can you start as a Toddler and continue learning and growing through your Boomers and beyond years!

For more information contact Diane Sonnenberg, Director of Early Childhood Program, email: dsonnenberg@valpoymca.org, 219-464-9543 x 238