The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit offers quality, tuition free preschool for eligible children who will be 4 years of age by December 1st. It is part of the Y’s mission to provide healthy development for children, enabling parents and family members to go to work knowing their children are in safe, stimulating environments. The YMCA and Great Start Readiness program brings together a unique combination of resources to ensure that children gain the skills and knowledge to successfully begin kindergarten. In Great Start Readiness Program Preschool at the Y, your child will be active and engaged with highly trained teachers who understand the importance of quality, guided play in every child’s development.
Providing quality, affordable care for your children is not just a business to us. It is our cause – a vital part of our commitment to the community. It is an approach that includes unique programs to make sure kids stay motivated intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. We strive to deliver the program in a safe and nurturing YMCA environment. The Y is driven by community need, guided by community volunteers and open to all. Subject to available resources, no person is denied participation in a Y program solely due to financial inability to pay the fee. The YMCA is a United Way affiliated agency.
Our Early Childhood Center recognizes that play is children’s work, and that providing a rich environment where creative play promotes cognitive, emotional, physical and social development is critical to your child’s health. Our program is language rich, with emphasis on offering the children pre-reading and pre-writing experiences that will spark a lifelong love of language. Our staff develops character activities that reflect the YMCA emphasis on honesty, caring, responsibility and respect.
The activities and atmosphere of the program aim to meet the developmental, physical, emotional and social needs of the children. Our approach is designed to create a wide range of learning opportunities. Each Y Child Care Teacher develops lesson plans to meet the particular needs of the children in their classroom. The program includes all of the following:
Every YMCA Child Care Classroom is led by at least one state licensed Child Care Teacher. All YMCA staff must complete a background check before working in the program. Our staff members are experienced and caring, trained in child care program, First Aid and CPR. Each potential YMCA employee receives risk management training before beginning any type of employment at the YMCA, and all staff is required to take 12 hours of child care training annually.
Student Teacher Ratio
Our child care program is committed to ideal teacher-child ratios to ensure safety and quality learning opportunities. This allows for a great deal of focused attention on each child.
GSRP Class Ratio: 1 adult to 8 children