Early Childhood Education as Social Justice Advocacy
Studies have shown that by developing effective Early Childhood programs and policies, society offers children a solid foundation for a productive future. The first five years of a child’s life are the basis for their growth and development. Our programs help build a base for school and jumpstart their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills.
Early Childhood Learning
Through high-quality educational experiences our programs address diverse developmental needs of income-eligible children. These federally regulated programs offer a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, socio-emotional, aesthetic, intellectual, and language development of each child while being sensitive to the needs and preferences of the families.
We currently operate 28 classrooms distributed over five sites serving over 300 children ranging in age from infancy to 5 years old. Our programs are Nationally Accredited and we receive funding through the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as Voluntary Pre-K and School Readiness.
What are the components?· Meal Service
The Early Childhood Programs participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and at the centers a family style breakfast, lunch and a snack is served in their classrooms. The meals and snacks are prepared on site to meet established nutritional standards.· Parent Involvement
The parent is encouraged to be an active participant in the child's development and learning process. Parents are involved in program planning and decision-making processes. They are also able to serve on parent committees.· Health
The child's family is provided with the necessary skills and insight to ensure comprehensive health. Services include: medical, dental, and developmental screening, exams and follow-up, nutritional services, mental health services, and health education.· Disability Services
Children who might have a disability are offered screening for possible intervention, development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).
· Family Support Services
Social Services advocates for families and aids in linking them with community resources to improve the condition and quality of family life. Services are also available to help families reach their individual goals and in their own efforts to become self-sufficient.
YWCA Court Care Programs serves an average of 3500 children per year. This program has been made possible through generous contributions of the YWCA, Miami-Dade County, and the Administrative Office of the Courts of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
Where are our centers located?
GERRY SWEET EARLY LEARNING CENTER
351 NW 5TH St.
Miami, Florida 33128
CAIN TOWERS EARLY LEARNING CENTER
470 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132
CAROL DONALDSON GLASSMAN CENTER
112 NW 3rd St.
Miami, Florida 33128
Phone: 305 –375-3222
YWCA INTERGENERATIONAL CENTER (Formerly: WINDOWS EARLY LEARNING CENTER)
3450 NW 199th St.
Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
COLONEL H. ZUBKOFF