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Early Learning Center

Early Learning Center



At the SSYMCA Early Learning Center we offer a variety of programs to suit the needs of our community.  Our schedules for educational programs range from half-day, extended day, to full day programs.  Part week and full week options are available for most age groups.  Programs include a nurturing and vigorously stimulating learning environment for:


Our highly qualified early childhood educators implement HighScope, a research based curriculum that promotes critical thinking skills & recognizes the importance of brain development and its influences on learning by doing.  HighScope addresses all curriculum areas and relates directly to NAEYC and MA  DOE standards for early childhood education.  The HighScope curriculum:

  • Emphasizes the importance of routines
  • Provides an assessment tool for all areas of child development
  • Promotes hands-on learning through exploration
  • Supports early literacy and language development 
  • Helps children enter elementary school as well adjusted, and eager learners 


At the SSYMCA Early Learning Center, enrichment programs are embedded into the curriculum to provide children an even greater opportunity to become well-rounded learners.  Depending on the age of your child, he/she will be involved in:

  • Swim programs at the Y's Emilson Branch
  • Visits from Nature Center Naturalists
  • Music and movement
  • Outdoor exploration and play
  • Gymnastics
  • Child Safety Curriculum
  • Visits from community leaders
  • Small group instruction with the HighScope Curriculum
  • Yoga

The KidZone

The KidZone is our state of the art gross motor indoor play space.  This large indoor play space is equipped with engaging, challenging, and developmentally appropriate equipment designed to meet the needs of young children.  KidZone equipment:

  • Scooters and trikes to build balance and coordination
  • Large structure with ramps, slides, ladders, and small climbing wall
  • Tunnels and tents for spatial awareness
  • Soft climbers for infants to strengthen motor skills
  • Basketball hoops and balls to facilitate hand-eye coordination
  • Wheeled toys for pushing and pulling to build upper body strength

Time in the KidZone is part of every child's daily schedule at the SSYMCA Early Learning Center.  In this large indoor play space children will run, climb, crawl, hop, and skip their way to healthy minds and bodies.

Outdoor Exploration & Play

Children will enjoy nature and outdoor time daily on our state of the art playground equipment.  Our playground includes:

  • A paved trike path
  • Infant swings
  • Infant/toddler climbing structure
  • Climber for older children with slides, ladders, and tunnels
  • A large, open green space


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