Growing Leaders Early Learning Center

Welcome to Growing Leaders Early Learning Center!

“Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow”

Our Philosophy:

Growing Leaders ELC offers a supportive, nurturing, and safe environment that focuses on the development of the whole child. We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities by enriching the lives of individuals in spirit, mind, and body. 

Growing Leaders ELC is dedicated to providing a FIVE STAR early learning program. Working towards achieving Oregon’s Spark program’s highest rating, we strive to create an environment that provides rich experiences, promotes cognitive, social, and emotional development, and ensures children have the solid foundation needed for lifelong learning. 

Our staff understands that children develop at different rates and that belief guides every aspect of Growing Leaders ELC. With a student-centered approach, students are active participants in their own learning. Our early learners will engage in developmentally appropriate activities that are designed to allow children to explore, discover, and learn at their own pace. 

What’s Included?

Growing Leaders ELC will provide nutritious meals for your child while in care. Meals include; breakfast, lunch, supper, and 2 snacks/day. 

YMCA Membership Discount

All Growing Leaders ELC families will receive a 25% discount on their YMCA membership.

Rates

At Growing Leaders ELC we want every child and family in need to be able to access quality care for their child(ren). Please feel free to contact our Director for information about current rates and programs we offer. We accept ERDC as well as Employer paid benefits. We will be offering Preschool Promise as well as Scholarships as the funds become available and as the need arises. Please give us a call and we can discuss rates and all of the options we will be able to offer.

Our Staff

We are in the process of hiring Teachers and Assistants for each of our classrooms. Families will have a chance to meet their child’s teacher before the child starts care.

Growing Leaders Academy Director is Ashley Thomas. Ashley has over 10 years of experience in early childhood education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Ashley is very excited to be a part of the YMCA’s new early learning center and looks forward to meeting new families!

Our staff will meet or exceed the requirements of the state of Oregon and will be CPR/first aid certified. They will be required to have training and/or a degree in Early Childhood Development and experience with children. They will also be required to keep current with continuing education and training hours.

Our Curriculum

Our program takes a multifaceted, diverse approach, incorporating the best aspects of a variety of curriculum to ensure each child’s needs are met, regardless of his/her learning style. We will foster school readiness by teaching letters, numbers, patterns, shapes, and colors through play-based activities. We will include daily crafts along with large and small motor skills activities that promote emerging positive social-emotional skills. A variety of activities and materials will be implemented to teach and stimulate each child’s desire to learn. Growing Leaders Academy aspires to develop in each child a positive character and nurturing traits like honesty, respect, responsibility, and care. 

Daily Schedule

(subject to change depending on children’s needs)

What is Early Learning Center Rotation?

Growing Leaders ELC believes that children need space to explore. Three of our classrooms will be set up as a regular preschool classroom, with each room having a separate focus area. Children will rotate between the three classrooms and participate in activities based on the curriculum & focus area. 

Classroom Focus Areas

Room 1 – Art & Music

Room 2 – Math & Literacy

Room 3 – Sensory, Science, & Engineering

Registration

Prior to a child starting at Growing Leaders ELC, families will meet with the Director to complete the enrollment process, review policies, procedures, and all our program has to offer. We are committed to encouraging positive family involvement with each child’s learning. Our staff is here to ensure that we, Growing Leaders Academy, provides a supportive and unique environment for every child and his/her family.

Your first step is to register your child with the link below and then we will get together in August to finalize the enrollment process!

Ashley Thomas
Growing Leaders Early Learning Center Director
541-918-2255
elcdirector@ymcaalbany.org

Register here:

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