“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” – Marian Wright Edelman
A growing shortage of affordable, quality childcare plagues the Los Angeles region. YWCA Greater Los Angeles addresses this need by offering an exceptional Child Development program to low income families. Our nurturing learning environment allows children to flourish while empowering parents to continue to work, seek employment, or attend school or vocational training improving overall quality of life. YWCA Greater Los Angeles aspires to enrich lives through a holistic family approach to create empowered and educated individuals.
YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Child Development delivers an affordable and developmentally-appropriate program in six different service locations for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Highly trained teachers facilitate the High Scope/Direct Results (DRS) and Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Curriculums which focus on developmental milestones in pre-reading, writing, sharing, communication, conflict resolution, cognitive learning, large and fine motor dexterity and cultural awareness. Enhancement of the cognitive processes, conceptual and communication skills is our primary goal. Progress is measured through a California Department of Education approved Desired Results Development Profile (DRDP-R). Evaluation occurs on a daily basis.
THE INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAM
The program is offered at three locations: the North Valley Infant Learning Center, the North Valley Child Development Center and Union Pacific Empowerment Center. The program is designed to serve teenage mothers who currently attend school at San Fernando High or continuation high school. Parenting classes offer support and help prepare teenage parents. Classroom training is adopted through West Ed and the Program for Infant/Toddler Care and mandated by the California Department of Education.
Designed for children from three to five years of age and offered at all six of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles Child Development locations, the focus of the Preschool program is to prepare children emotionally, physically and academically for grade school. The program has adopted the High Scope Curriculum, which focuses on children’s needs while allowing staff to build on children’s initiative.