Early Education Center Overview

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Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a community of learning where children experience a sense of wonder and exploration- where everyone feels a sense of connection and participates with others in ways that create new possibilities for making the world a better place.

Program Statement of Philosophy

The YW3CA welcomes all children and families regardless of their abilities as recommended in the joint position statement published in April 2009 by DEC and NAEYC.  The goal of our inclusive environment (for those with special needs and with exceptionalities) is to create a sense of community in which everyone has a voice and a commitment to learning through a variety of methods of empowerment.  With varied opportunities for family choice within our center, families are able to select the best childcare experience unique to their situation and work together with teachers to further develop relationships to support the needs of everyone involved.

In our classrooms, Conscious Discipline, which aligns to our mission, guides teacher’s interactions with children, families and each other. Using the framework, teachers build a classroom community where children feel safe to learn how to deal with feelings and build connections to others. Our focus is on relationships rather than behavior. The individual needs of children and families are paramount to the decision-making of all teachers and administrators throughout our early education center. Our commitment to learning includes all members of our early education community including families, teachers, paraprofessionals, community members, board members and public officials.

Program History

YW3CA has been providing child care at its 315 King Street location for more than 40 years.  Across the United States, there are 210 YWCAs and each has programming that has progressed in evolution with its surrounding community.  YW3CA’s emphasis is on education in every part of its programming.  Service areas include all or part of seven school districts surrounding Pottstown.  Our programming evolved to support the growing community need for quality, affordable child care. 

The center was licensed in 2006 and since has advanced from child care to early education, with all classrooms using curriculum-based learning.  YW3CA’s Pottstown location is a Keystone STARS 4 facility: “Keystone STARS is a quality rating system that promotes quality improvement in early learning and development programs and school-age child care. A Keystone STARS designation informs parents that their children are in a safe, respectful environment in which they are learning new things every day to support their current and future successes in school and in life.” www.education.pa.gov