The Pocono Family YMCA believes that childcare should provide opportunities and experiences that stimulate a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. All Programs meet the developmental needs of particular age groups. We are working to make sure your child will succeed in life because they are our future.
The Pocono Family YMCA operates high-quality, licensed, Keystone STARS childcare program, that utilizes the PA Standards and Creative Curriculum. In addtion to the standards and curriculum, lesson plans integrate child-led activities. Each child will be able to understand and demonstrate the four values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
CHOOSING CHILD CARE
Follow these steps to help you choose the child care program that works best for your family. Begin by visiting several child care homes or centers. On each visit, think about your first impression and continue to ask yourself these questions:
- Does the program look safe for my child?
- Do the caregivers/teachers who will care for my child enjoy talking and playing with children?
- Do they talk with each child at the child's eye level?
- Are there plenty of toys and learning materials within a child's reach?
Even after you choose child care and your child has started attending, check-in periodically to make sure that care remains satisfactory.
By listening closely and asking yourself these questions, you will continue to gather important clues on the quality of the child care.
- What does the child care setting sound like?
- Do the children sound happy and involved?
- What is the teacher's tone of voice?
- Does the teacher seem cheerful and patient?
A place that is too quiet might indicate insufficient planned activity. A place that is too noisy might indicate a lack of guidance.
- Count the number of children in the group and the number of staff members caring for them. Usually, the fewer the number of children for each adult, the more attention your child will get.
- A small number of children per adult is most important for babies and younger children.
- The license should be posted and list the number of children allowed.
The knowledge and experience of the adults caring for your child are very important.
- Find out about their special training.
- Ask about the background, education, and experience of all staff, including aides, supervisors, and program directors.
- Ask the same questions about any other adults who will have contact with your child in the home or center. Quality caregivers/teachers are happy to answer these questions.