Ages: 3 years to 4 years
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 to 7-10
High-Quality Preschool Care at YWCA Minneapolis
Our 3- and 4-year-olds are bursting with imagination, creativity and responsibility. As they form friendships and develop conflict resolution skills, they also focus on early literacy and pre-math skills. By the time they graduate preschool, over 90% of our children are fully ready to succeed in kindergarten (compared to 73% of Minnesota peers).
YWCA Teacher Role with Preschoolers
The role of the teacher is to know each child's individual likes and learning styles to provide learning experiences and variety in the classroom following our curriculum. The teacher’s role during play time is connected to the child’s learning and developing.
Helping Preschoolers Master Skills
To help our children develop toward each learning standard, we provide materials and activities help master skills. These activities are appropriate to each level of ability. Preschoolers learn by doing, not by being told what to do.
Creative Experiences and Exploration
We provide creative experiences that encourage exploration – finger-paint, water colors, paper, glue, markers, etc. We provide enough time to explore, play, and experiment.
Preschooler Language Development
Sharing language with preschoolers is part of the learning process. We provide many opportunities for conversation, sharing ideas, asking questions and helping each other.
Early Learning Standards for Preschool Children
- Social and Emotional Development
- Development of Curiosity and Imagination
- Language and Literacy: Children develop listening and speaking skills
- Math and Science: Children understand amount, including use of numbers and counting
- Physical Well-Being: Children understand healthy and safe living practices
- Children develop large motor skills