Creative Curriculum | Westfield Area Y

Creative Curriculum

Children are engaged with their teachers in a program framework called Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum is an early childhood development approach that is rooted in educational philosophy and theory as well as in practice. The curriculum focuses on how children develop and learn, based on their individual interests, the learning environment and the role of the teacher.

The framework for this curriculum takes advantage of a child’s natural curiosity to explore the world around them and is composed of the following eight core areas.

Literacy: Includes seven components: increased vocabulary; phonological awareness; knowledge of letters and words; comprehension; understanding of books; and literacy as a sense of enjoyment

Mathematics: Children use a variety of math related toys, tools and games

Science: Young children love science and learning about the world around them--includes physical, life and earth science components.

Social studies: Our social studies program is the study of people and how they relate to geography, how they live, the environment around them and past events.

Arts: Art is designing, creating and exploring. We include dance, music, theater and visual arts such as painting and clay.

Technology: You’ll find children in our early childhood program using a variety of tools, both for play and for real.

Healthy Habits: It’s critical to help young children develop lifelong healthy habits. We model good eating habits in our centers and offer a variety of physical activities.

Social, Moral and Spiritual Development: Our staff celebrates and encourages the values of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and diversity.

 

 

 

OUR HOURS AND LOCATIONS

 
(908) 233-2700 (908) 233-2700 (908) 223-8820 (908) 301-1616 (908) 654-8460 (908) 317-9622 (908) 233-2700
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Clark Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
111 Ferris Place,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
500 East Street,
Garwood, NJ,
07027
170 Elm Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
422 East Broad Street,
Westfield, NJ,
07090
220 Walnut Avenue,
Cranford, NJ,
07016
Weekdays
5:00AM-10:30PM
Saturday 
6:00AM-8:00PM
Sunday
7:00AM-9:00PM

 

Weekdays
7:30AM-8:00PM 
Weekends 
8:00AM-6:00PM
 
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9:00AM-5:00PM 
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7:00AM-6:30PM 
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* CLOSED
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Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
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As Scheduled 
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Preschool Hours
Evenings
As Scheduled
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As Scheduled 
Weekdays
As Scheduled
Evenings
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As Scheduled 

 

OUR MISSION

The Westfield Area YMCA is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual and family in the communities it serves through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.