Mission and Purpose
YMCA mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
The YMCA Child Development Center staff strives to meet age appropriate play experiences in a safe and healthy learning environment in which a child can develop his or her own individual and unique potential socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
The YMCA Child Development Center (CDC) believes the first five years of childhood are the most important in the development of learning. The YMCA CDC provides a safe, caring, environment with a developmentally age appropriate program to set the foundation for learning experiences. We use the “Whole Child Development” philosophy, which means we provide a day of developmentally appropriate, fun activities where children can develop socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
The motto of the YMCA CDC is “Hands on Learning.” The learning experience is centered on a weekly theme that is used center wide. Children learn by doing, touching, smelling, and experiencing. To help facilitate the child’s learning experience, our classrooms are set up with a print-rich environment with learning centers such as blocks, home living, science, library, dramatic play, writing, and quiet area. The learning experiences are also taken outdoors. Outdoor learning experiences include large motor free play on a large playground, games, sand and water play, science, chalk drawings, paintings and dramatic play. Our staff realize that each child is unique and has different needs and interests. Therefore, the educational program is set up to allow children to develop at his or her own pace and developmental level. When planning play experiences, a child’s age and interests are given full attention.
Providing a caring, nurturing environment also gives each child the opportunity to develop positive self-esteem. We feel a parent interacting in their child’s learning experience is invaluable to the quality of their child’s life, so we welcome parents in our classroom at all times.
The institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. All of the policies are subject to change due to YMCA policies, state childcare licensing requirements and changes in the National Child Care Accreditation Standards with Director’s discretion.
Administration and Staff
Director: Sharbee Heinrichs
Office: YMCA Child Development Center
Address: 1500 Airport Road, Weatherford, OK 73096
Fax: 580-774-0406 or 580-772-0433
The YMCA Child Development Center was established in September 2000. It's currently renovated location opened November, 1 2004. The facility was constructed with 5 large classrooms that were designed to facilitate the needs of children ages 1 through Pre-K.
The center obtained it's two star rating in 2001.
In April 2009, the center was awarded a National Accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. This enabled the center to become a Three Star Facility.
Also, "The YMCA believes in building character by upholding the values of Honesty, Responsibility, Respect and Caring."
More information about the CDC, including the fees and policies, are conveniently available in the CDC Handbook.
Click here for the CDC Handbook.