Early Childhood Learning Center

Ages 6 weeks – 5 years old

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The Early Childhood Learning Center is a Keystone Stars Accredited Center licensed by the Department of Human Services, designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages six weeks through five years of age. Children will have the opportunity to make new friends and experience a number of cultural, social, and recreational activities.  Activities center around weekly themes based on PA Early Learning Standards and will include swim instruction, (Toddler, Preschool & Pre- K), sports instruction, concrete/play exploration, and child directed interest areas including:

• Language/Literacy

• Math & Manipulative

• Blocks and Building

• Science

• Dramatic Play

• Sensory; Sand and Water play

 

What Do We Do At The Early Childhood Learning Center?

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 6:45 am-6:00 pm

Structured classroom activities begin at approximately 9:00 am

 

Scheduling Options

  • Half Day (less than 5 hours)
  • Full Day

 

PRICING

Monday – Friday, 6:45 am – 6:00 pm

Full Time: 4 – 5 days Part Time: 1-3 days

Full Day: 5 or more hours Half Day: Less than 5 hours

 

Tuition rates below are weekly.

If you choose the monthly payment option please take the weekly rate and multiply it by 4.33 to arrive at your monthly rate.

 

2016-2017 Rates 

Registration Fee: Non-refundable, $ 47.00

The second child enrolled in a Child Development program will receive a 10% sibling discount; third and each additional sibling enrolled in a Child Development program will receive a 25% sibling discount.

 Full Day, Full TimeFull Day, Part TimeHalf Day, Full TimeHalf Day, Part Time
Infant & Young Toddlers (6 weeks-18 months)$215$140-------------
Toddlers (18 months-36 months)$210$135$165$105
Preschool (36 months-48 months)$185$120$135$90
Pre-K (48 months-60 months)$185$120$135$90

Parent Involvement

Our Early Childhood Learning Center parents can choose to be as hands-on with their child’s Y experience as they would like. Parents are welcome to visit during the regular curriculum day; to observe their child at swim lessons; or just join them for lunch. Families are also encouraged to attend our various special events as the children are quite proud to say that their family is at school: we host special events for Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as well as Halloween Celebrations, the Thanksgiving Family Feast, our Winter Holiday Program and center wide Graduation Ceremony.

Parents can also show their involvement by cheering their child on in the St. Jude’s Trike-a-thon, helping with set-up of the Scholastic Book Fair or organization of the Easter Egg Hunt. If parents would like to volunteer on a regular basis or chaperone on field trips they may do so by completing the Y Volunteer Packet and obtaining the necessary clearances.

Security

The Early Childhood Learning Center has a security system in place to ensure safety. All families enrolled in the center receive a proxy card to access the center. The safety of the children is our number one priority.

Facility Features

The Early Childhood Learning Center children have the benefit of using the YMCA facility’s gymnasium, swimming pools, outdoor play yard, and dance studio while in care. The Toddler, Preschool and Pre-K children participate in weekly swim lessons with the YMCA’s swimming instructors.

With the YMCA in the heart of Greensburg, the children get to go on excursions through the town. Some of the places the children visit are St. Clair Park, The Greensburg-Hempfield Library, and the Palace Theater.

Local Excursions, Special Visitors/Events, Field Trips

The children of the Early Childhood Learning Center enjoy various excursions throughout the year such as play time at St. Clair Park; story times at the Greensburg-Hempfield Library; summer swim days at Veterans’ Memorial Pool and sports time at Lynch Field.

We have been the recipient of a Guest Reader for the PA One Book multiple times; we have a monthly story time with our CEO and enjoy visits from the Kona Ice Truck. We host a community Fall Fest and Healthy Kids Day which are free family focused events as well as participate in the Annual Greensburg Holiday Parade.

Miss Kelli, our Food Coordinator, plans regular cooking experiences for the children based around our themes—she makes it a fun, educational and yummy time for all the kids!

Throughout the year we will take the children on a few field trips: some of our very favorites are The National Aviary, The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Science Center and Kerber’s Farm and Dairy.

Finally, we trick-or-treat and partake in Halloween Celebrations; host a family Thanksgiving Feast; perform a Winter Holiday Show; have Mother’s Day Tea; enjoy Doughnuts with Dad; have Cookies and Milk with Our Grandparents and wrap up the year with an entire center Graduation Ceremony.

Photos

Infant Room

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Preschool Room

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Pre-K Room

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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides reimbursements to Early Childhood Learning Center for healthy meals and snacks served to children enrolled in the center. The program allows the center to provide breakfast (7:00 am-8:30 am), lunch (12:00 pm), and two snacks (10:00 am & 3:00 pm) daily for each child. Kelli Darragh, Food Program Coordinator, has been employed since 2008 and receives ServSafe certification through Westmoreland County Food Bank. Kelli provides weekly menus to ensure the children are receiving all required components to meet the CACFP guidelines. Bread, fruits, vegetables, meats, and milk are requirements for the food program. Our milk comes from Turner’s Dairy, a local dairy, and is rBST free.

 

Our Classrooms

Infants (6 weeks-18 months)

  • Staff: Child Ratio 1:4
  • Daily Individual Reports
  • Warm, Nurturing Staff
  • Outdoor Excursions
  • Sensory Exploration

Toddlers (18 months–36 months)

  • Staff: Child Ratio 1:5
  • Daily Individual Reports
  • Warm, Nurturing Staff
  • Story Times and Circle Times
  • Center Time with options such as Science, Blocks and Building, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives and Art
  • Daily Gross Motor (Indoor or Outdoor)
  • Visits to the Greensburg-Hempfield Library
  • Field Trips and Guest speakers
  • Weekly, Year Round Swim Instruction

Preschool (3 & 4 year olds)

  • Staff: Child Ratio 1:10
  • Daily Individual Reports
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum with a weekly theme
  • Center Time with options such as Art, Science, Blocks and Building, Language, Dramatic Play, Music & Movement, Writing, and Math & Manipulatives
  • Small Group Activities
  • Visits to the Greensburg-Hempfield Library
  • Field Trips and Guest Speakers
  • Daily Gross Motor (Indoor or Outdoor)
  • Weekly, Year Round Swim Instruction

Pre-Kindergarten (4 & 5 year olds)

  • Staff: Child Ratio 1:10
  • Kindergarten Preparatory Program based around a weekly theme
  • Center Time with options such as Art, Science, Blocks and Building, Language, Dramatic Play, Music & Movement, Writing, Math & Manipulatives and Computer
  • Small Group Activities
  • Development of Self-help and Social Skills
  • Visits to the Greensburg-Hempfield Library
  • Field Trips and Guest Speakers
  • Daily Gross Motor (Indoor or Outdoor)
  • Weekly, Year Round Swim Instruction

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Greensburg YMCA strives to never turn any child away due to the families inability to pay for programming. With that in mind we will accept two forms of assistance in defraying the costs of camp. One way is through the YMCA Annual Support Campaign. The YMCA is able to grant scholarships to families in need due to the generosity of local businesses and individuals who donate monies to the campaign.  We encourage those who may not be able to afford camp services on their own to complete a Financial Assistance Application and submit it to the Welcome Center of the YMCA. Please allow up to four weeks for processing.  Additionally both Adventure Camp and Sports Camp accept payment from Child Care Information Services (CCIS).  Families should contact CCIS of Westmoreland County to inquire if they are qualified (724-836-4580).

Financial Assistance Application.pdf

For more information about the Early Childhood Learning Center or to schedule a tour contact the Child Care Director, Jenn D’Angelo at j.dangelo@gbgymca.org or 724-834-0150 ext. 151.