Early Learning Academy

Now serving Central and West Branch!

The human brain develops most between birth to age five, making the preschool years a crucial part of a child's education. Our Early Learning Academy focuses on nurturing your child's development by providing a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance.

We use Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Tool in both our child care and preschool, giving parents the option for full day, full year care OR half day preschool. Our curriculum is research based and focuses on science, social studies and “first hand” experiences as a segue to learning. Children develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills necessary for Kindergarten.

The Early Learning Academy offers a Lending Library to provide children and families with a quality reading program that aligns with Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Our Lending Library uses Usborne Books and More and allows children to choose a book weekly to take home and read with their parents. A literacy activity is also provided. Research shows that children who are read to consistently by their parents often begin reading earlier than their peers.

Click here to read what parents have to say about our Early Learning Academy.

For information on school age child care, visit our before and after school-based program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Leland, Hinckley-Big Rock and Newark School Districts.

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Infants01Our Early Learning Academy has 2 locations at both Central Branch in Plano, IL and West Branch in Sandwich, IL.

We offer a full day / full year ages 0-3 years licensed program for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos where our highly trained and qualified teachers provide individualized care, create environments that support and encourage exploration, ensure children's health and safety and develop partnerships with families.

INFANTS (6 weeks - 15 months; 1:4 Ratio)
In the infant classroom, our primary emphasis is meeting the infant’s daily needs and providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Children are provided experiences that foster and develop their cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills while encouraging their independence. Infants are engaged in developmentally appropriate toys, books, stories, and fingerplays throughout the day. They are learning through routines and attachments to their caregivers. Infant daily nap and meal schedule are based on the infant’s individual needs.

TODDLERS (16-24 months; 1:5 Ratio)
In the toddler classroom, children are introduced to a more structured and regular routine. Children are provided an environment that encourages exploration and curiosity through child-initiated and teacher-guided activities. Toddlers have opportunities to make choices in art, sensory, exploration, problem-solving, music, books, self-help skills, and interactive play. The toddler classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

TWOS (1:8 Ratio)
In the two’s classroom, the children discover a stimulating environment arranged into various interest and learning centers. Our goal for our two-year-olds includes developing valuable self-help skills such as potty training, personal hygiene, dressing self and putting toys away. We also focus on building cognitive skills, such as counting, sorting, recognizing letters, colors, and shapes. Another important skill we work on is interacting with others. We have many opportunities for sharing, listening and taking turns. The two’s classroom provides a rest time as part of the daily schedule.

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If you have any questions about any of the Early Learning Academy (ELA) services, please contact either Senior Child Care Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (630)552-4100 or ELA West Branch Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at (815) 786-9998

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We offer full day or half day licensed programs for children ages three to five years at Central and West Branch. Our preschool program offers quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. In addition, your child will develop skills to build character values, self-esteem, friendships, and kindergarten readiness skills.

FULL DAY or HALF DAY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM (ages 3-5)
The three to five-year-old classrooms focus on the growth and development of the whole child: physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Activities and classroom centers are oriented to the child’s interest and developmental levels. Our three to five-year-olds are able to make choices in a variety of areas including art and sensory activities, dramatic play, stories and books, music and movement, fine and large motor development and much more.

Our program builds the foundation and prepares children for those skills needed in Kindergarten. Math, science, language areas, and pre-reading and writing are emphasized. In addition, children learn important classroom skills such as taking turns, sharing and cooperation as well as learning to develop socially acceptable behaviors and positive social relationships through cooperative play.  

YMCA Youth Membership is included in all of our Preschool options.

Our Preschool Curriculum includes the following areas: Language Development, Creative Experience, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, iPad Technology, Music/Movement, Science and Discovery, Dramatic and Sensory Play.

Preschool events include School Pictures, Holiday Parties, Recreational swimming, End-of-Year Pre-K ceremony, Spring Recital, Local Field Trips, and more. Additional YMCA Benefits include Indoor gymnasium, music and dance rooms, after-school enrichment programs, USDA-approved lunches and snacks, 17-acre outdoor pavilion, indoor pool, two secure and safe outdoor play areas, "Let's Move Initiative," and a gymnastics center.In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

In need of financial assistance? The Y is able to offer help through the generosity of our donors. Call or stop in for details.

Click here for information on our before and after school-based program for students in Yorkville, Plano, Sandwich, Somonauk, Hinckley-Big Rock, and Newark School Districts.


CENTRAL BRANCH PRESCHOOL
630-552-4100
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (630-552-4100 x230) with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3's
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9 - 11:30 am

HALF DAY/FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9 - 11:30 am and/or 12:15 - 2:45 pm


WEST BRANCH PRESCHOOL
815-786-8914
Center Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00am - 6:00pm
To register your child, stop in today! Contact Early Learning Academy Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

HALF DAY PRESCHOOL - 3's
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9 - 11:30 am

HALF DAY/FULL DAY PRESCHOOL - PRE-K
Snack will be provided
Monday thru Friday
9 - 11:30 am and/or 12:15 - 2:45 pm

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PRESCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS

Ages 3-5 | $65 Member/$85 Non-Member  |  Early Learning Academy Central
Set your child off on an adventure in learning and exploring in the context of “first-hand experiences.” The YMCA takes pride in offering program options conducted by experienced, degreed teachers who make learning fun. REGISTER TODAY!

A BUG’S LIFE   |  June 4–8
Campers will learn all about the six and eight-legged creeping, crawling and flying bugs and insects around us! Field Trip: Silver Springs for a Bug Adventure.

SPACE IS THE PLACE   |  June 11–15
3, 2, 1...blast-off!  Your preschooler will be headed to outer space as we learn about the planets and solar system.  Field Trip: Spaceship Park (Heartland Circle)

SUPERHERO ADVENTURES   |  June 18–22
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a superhero!  Join us for some superhero fun! Field Trip: The Incredibles 2

SUMMER SAFARI |  June 25–29
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Join us as we learn about a variety of wildlife. Field Trip: Philips Park Zoo

I CAN COOK! |  July 9–13
Do you have a preschooler who loves to cook?  Your little chef will enjoy getting to make some delicious snacks while learning about  Field Trip: TBD

UNDER THE SEA  |  July 16–20
Come join us for some underwater adventures as we learn about life in the ocean.  Field Trip: Prairie Point Splash Pad

MAD SCIENCE  |  July 23–27
Science is awesome!  Come join us for a week of ooey, gooey fun!  Your little scientist will be creating cool concoctions like slime, lava lamps, and elephant’s toothpaste.

AHOY, PIRATES AND MERMAIDS  |  July 30–Aug 3
Arrgh, matey!  Join us for a week filled with pirate and mermaid adventures.  Walking the plank and going on a hunt for pirate treasure are just some of the fun activities planned for your little pirate or mermaid.  Field Trip – YMCA Pool Day

DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS  |  Aug 6–10
Get ready to travel back in time as we learn all dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.  We will build and erupt our own volcano, make dinosaur eggs and learn fascinating facts about dinosaurs. Field Trip – Dinosaur Exploring at the Dinosaur Park (Raintree A, Yorkville)


KINDERGARTEN READINESS CAMP

Mon-Fri  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  June 4 - July 27  |  Early Learning Academy West
Ages 3-5 | $65 Member/$85 Non-Member  |  Extended before and after care available for an additional $120/week
Prepare your child with our Kindergarten Readiness Camp offered to all children entering Kindergarten in the fall.  This class is designed to enhance the retention of important educational information so often lost in the summer months leading up to the start of school. It will not only prepare your child for a daily school routine but will aslo support learning in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Come and learn in a fun, integrated environment where our highly qualified teachers prepare your child for a lifelong love of learning.  *Limited spots available.

REGISTER TODAY!

We are proud to announce the acquisition of For Kids Only Daycare, Preschool and Before & After School Care in Sandwich, IL. The purchase was confirmed on December 29th, 2017 and DCFS licensing permit was issued to the Y’s Early Learning Academy on January 8th, 2018.

“The children currently attending For Kids Only are happy and healthy which I would directly attribute to the strong dedication the current staff has. The Y is committed to nurturing and supporting staff to continue this vital connection.” Amy Collins, Director of Child Care.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue focus on and invest in the development of youth in our community and serve our Sandwich area families.” Rebecca Morphey, FVFYMCA Board President.

For years, For Kids Only has provided a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance. The Y’s Early Learning Academy plans to build on that foundation by introducing Creative Curriculum focused on science, social studies and “first hand” experiences as a segue to learning. The Early Learning Academy will continue to develop confidence, creative and critical thinking skills necessary for Kindergarten.

In addition, the Early Learning Academy will also introduce the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which requires staff to follow USDA food guidelines. This program’s reimbursement allows for the Y to purchase fresh, more nutritious food for the facility.

The Early Learning Academy provides full daycare for birth-5 years, full and half-day preschool and Before & After School care. Enrollment includes a child membership to the FVFYCMA with reduced program pricing and access to both Central and West branch.

Y FamilyWhat some of our Early Learning Academy parents are saying…

"I wanted to thank you and all of the teachers Lukas has had over the last four years. We picked the Y based upon meeting you and learning about the program you put together and we couldn't have been happier with the choice. He has come so far from being the shy little boy that didn't want to leave my side and I have everyone there to thank. At kindergarten registration, they complimented the preschool program that prepared him so well and said they were going to have a hard time challenging him in class. Everyone has done a wonderful teaching and taking care of him and I just can't thank you all enough! - Robyn L.

 

“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you and your staff have done for Skye over the past few years. I have been so happy with the level of care that the YMCA staff has provided to Skye. I’ve never had to worry that she would be well cared for and I can definitely tell that the teachers care deeply for Skye and she for them.”  - Miranda K.

 

"We feel so lucky to be part of the Y's Early Learning Academy family! Our boys love their teachers and all the learning and playing that goes on throughout the day. Plus, the added benefit of being able to enroll them in enrichment classes like swim lessons, gymnastics, or sports makes their day at school even more fulfilling." - James M.

 

"Thank you so much for taking such good care of Abby this year. Finding a daycare we could trust to care for our first born was not an easy decision, but you impressed us from the very beginning. It means a lot to us to know that Abby is in good hands." - Jillian S.

 

Thank you all so much for taking such good care of Maddy! Going back to work was hard, but knowing I was leaving Maddy in your caring hands made it so much easier. I really appreciate the love and caring you gave to Maddy this year and all of the fun projects and experiences she had with you! I appreciate the photos and keepsakes from her time in the Infant room.

 

"Odi and I cannot thank you enough to tell you how blessed we have been these past months to have had all your love, guidance, patience, and care. Odi knows all that he does thanks to you ladies."

 

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