Early Childhood Program
Registration is full for 2021 program year - For further information or to begin the registration process:
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From York perspective, faith based refers to spiritual growth and development. As we develop the whole child, we also nourish faith - faith in being a child of God, faith in unconditional love, and faith that there is "hope"... We use the term, faith based, so that we are inclusive of all religions, backgrounds, and nationalities. York believes that faith is very important especially in the lives of children who have experienced trauma or environments that bring about a sense of hopelessness. Faith touches the heart and accepts the child for who they are. Faith helps the child to discover their own value and the value of others no matter their situation. Faith provides an environment of love and acceptance. It also develops a sense of service - it explores with children how we can help others in need. Even when we are in need ourselves, there are ways that we can still provide for the needs of others - it might be as simple as listening and caring. Faith helps children to see others as unique and special. Even though others are different, they are still worthy of love. We use our differences to build unity and strength. Faith based means we are not afraid to discuss "religion" and we are allowed to explore the traditions of families and faith. We do not limit ourselves. Faith is a journey just like learning. Faith provides a light - a light that says you are loved, with all of your faults, inadequacies, and failures - you are loved.
If we are truly to educate the WHOLE child, we cannot ignore this aspect of development.
Our desire is to provide families with an option - an option that can have a faith aspect with high quality educational experiences and arts development.
Age of Students
Children must be 4 by Aug. 1. Children in the program will be 4 or 5 years of age. Children must also be potty trained.
Giving Experiences to Children at no cost for our families
2021 program will include:
Yoga & Fitness
Our program will be provided at no cost to families who qualify. We will also have provisions for other assistance to the families in our program such as clothing, food, etc. as needed.
We may have a few slots for students who do not qualify for free services.
York Academy of Discovery works to provide a diverse environment, even in our student population. Our goal is to notice similarities and differences, to understand those similarities and differences, and to bring unity along with a sense of belonging.
Developing the whole child
York Academy of Discovery is dedicated to young children & to providing a quality early childhood experience. York:
Learning to care for others
York Academy of Discovery provides children with direction, acceptance, and love. York provides a positive disciplinary approach with a belief that relationships are key to a quality early learning experience.
York believes that in order to make the greatest impact on young children that families must be seen as partners in the early learning experience. Therefore, at least one home visit is conducted for each child registered with York. Parents may also request additional conferences and/or home visits - Fridays are devoted to serving families. Parents/Guardians are required to attend at least two parent conferences per year. Progress reports on child development are given to parents four times per school year. York values families, whatever the family make-up!
Becky Kischnick - see team page bio
English Language Learners
We welcome English language learners and will provide an environment of respect and preparation to succeed in this country. We support their culture and traditions and value their language. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, or income.
York Academy of Discovery believes in a "family" experience. Any education experiences will be limited in size - one to five ratio.
Hours of Operation
8:30 to 4:00
Children attend Monday through Thursday. Every Friday children do not attend class. Fridays are set aside for parent conferences, home visits, and prep for the next week. York operates on a mid-August through May schedule with holidays similar to local schools. See our calendar for details.
Program - Curriculum
York meets academic needs through a play based program. York Academy of Discovery provides creative expression and values the arts. Curriculum includes: skill development for emerging pre-readers, writing, fine motor activities, math (hands on), scientific inquiry, our world exploration, the arts, creative play, gross motor activities, learning to serve others, social emotional learning, and outdoor play.
"He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 'Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me..."