Ages: 6 weeks to 15 months
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 to 3-4
High-Quality Infant Care at YWCA Minneapolis
Infants are developing new skills every day! Infants explore and learn about their world through their senses and emerging motor skills. They are born curious and ready to learn.
YWCA staff help guide infants through the many developments of the early months, from early literacy and speech, to crawling, walking and developing self-esteem and confidence.
Infants benefit most from individualized care. YWCA follows the infant's own schedule for eating, sleeping and playing. Infants are dependent on close, nurturing relationships as the source of positive physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth.
Learning Tools in the Classroom
There are multiple sources of developmentally appropriate stimulation in YWCA classrooms and interaction with adults and other children. They learn about their world by observing reactions and develop best when they are assured of having a trusted caregiver who can read their cues and respond to their needs.
Language development is particularly crucial during the infant period. We provide many opportunities for infants to engage in meaningful dialogue. YWCA understands child development and how infants learn, and are able to read and respond to their needs.
Safe Sleep Procedures for Infants
Safe sleep practices for infants up to 12 months followed by YWCA Minneapolis Children’s Centers include:
- Placing all babies to sleep on their backs
- Using individual cribs with firm mattresses and tight-fitting sheets
- Designating staff to be within sight and sound of all sleeping infants, and checking on sleeping infants every 5 minutes
- Allowing NO additional items in cribs. Use of sleep sacks is allowed.
All YWCA Minneapolis child care staff receive training in infant and child CPR (every two years) and the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome (annually).