Saratoga Regional YMCA Preschool

At the Saratoga Regional YMCA, the character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are at the heart of everything we do. At our Preschool, we support the family unit and our students are inspired to develop an excitement and joy for learning. Caring, qualified teachers offer a theme based, developmental curriculum that enhances a child’s total development and nurtures their potential. In the classroom, children engage in activities that develop their fine and gross motor skills as well as strengthen their self-esteem and communication, reading, science, math and literacy skills. 

Forest Kindergarteners participate in circle time, cultivating an intimacy with language and improving their balance and fine and gross motor development.
 
Exploring the world with their sense and bodies allows young children to develop much more than strength and balance. Countless  studies  have shown the importance of outdoor play to children’s mental, intellectual and emotional development as well as physical.

Children who are 2 by December 1st 2019 up to age 5 are offered classes 1, 2, 3 or 5 half days per week at our Saratoga Springs Branch,  Wilton Branch or the Wesley Intergenerational Learning Center. Also included is the 5 half-day, tuition free Universal Pre-K program for students that live in the Saratoga Springs City School District and are 4 by December 1, 2019 and the Intergenerational Program held at the Wesley Community.

In a two hour and 15 minute class, our 2 year old students begin their day with a free play time which includes an age appropriate art project that strengthens fine motor skills followed by songs, finger plays and a book. They have a healthy snack, followed by time on the playground, gym, track or field house then back to class for a book, and music and movement. All three of our sites have outdoor playgrounds that include a climber with multiple slides, a sandbox, and swings. All 3 sites have an outside area for games and sports. Students go outside year round, weather permitting. 

Our Wesley Intergenerational Program has a unique balance between a great preschool atmosphere and meaningful time with older adults. Thirty minutes of each 2 ¾ hour class day, the students and older adults are brought together to interact, engage, support, educate and care for one another. The bonds that are created help our students grow and become kind, well-balanced youth as they develop an excitement and joy for learning.

Our 4 year old class days consists of free play time where students participate in a small motor activity, i.e. art project, letter or name writing, followed by gross motor time that consists of the pool, gym, playground, field house, or track. During class students have calendar, snack, art, a circle time that includes theme based books, songs, and finger plays. a developmentally appropriate craft or science activity and  music and movement, and other activities that strengthen pre-reading and readiness skills preparing them for Kindergarten.

We are the YMCA, our curriculum includes the YMCA core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and caring as well as a healthy living component. Students participate in swim class, tumbling class, Kids Yoga, Kids Zumba, and Spanish lessons. 

Families are included in planned activities throughout the school year and are welcome to join in day to day activities anytime. Theme based field trips complement our curriculum.

 

Open House and Registration Information:

Every Day is an Open House at the SRYMCA Preschool. Come experience the energy and excitement of our students and staff. To schedule an appointment to visit our classrooms, contact Colleen Girvin at colleen.girvin@srymca.org. Or come to our OPEN HOUSE at the Saratoga Springs Branch January 9, 2019, 6;30 – 7:30pm,  or the Wilton Branch, January 16, 2019, 6:15 – 7:15pm.

Online registration for current preschool participants, siblings, or siblings of alumnae begins January 8, 2019. Online registration for new preschool participants begins Thursday, January 17, 2019.

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