Our YCC School Day
The YCC school day is structured to foster autonomy for our youngest students and to support them as they discover their independence and competency. While there is a general consistency about the daily routine in a YCC classroom, how each day unfolds is largely dictated by the unique rhythm of the classroom community and its individual students.
In order to best suit the needs of our students and their families, YCC enrollment options include a 4-day program on Mondays through Thursdays, a 5-day program and a choice between half days (8:45 to 11:35 a.m.) and full days (8:45 AM—3 PM). A variety of Extended Day options are also available for YCC students.
Regular School Day
Drop-off at 8:45 AM
The school day begins each morning at 8:45 a.m. with the teacher welcoming each student into the classroom. Students say their goodbyes at the door, enter on their own, and take care of their belongings—from taking off and hanging coats to putting away lunch boxes.
Uninterrupted Work Cycle
Once their things are put away, toddlers enjoy an uninterrupted work cycle during which they are free to explore materials and choose work that interests them. One child may choose to enjoy his snack as soon as he enters the classroom while another may want to explore the shelves for new work. One student might cycle through all of the works on a shelf, while another might enjoy taking care of all of the plants in the classroom.
Often the classroom will come together to prepare or enjoy a snack together, to sing and dance or to listen to a story. YCC classrooms will also spend plenty of time in the outdoor classroom exploring a variety of works.
Morning Dismissal at 11:35 AM*
Half-day YCC students are dismissed from their classroom door at 11:35 a.m. following the same procedures as at drop-off — one at a time, with parents knocking on the door announcing their presence to the teacher.
Wednesdays are always half-days for YCC students, but there is an extended day option (WRAP) available for families who wish to have their children stay later.
Lunch & Nap
After half-day dismissal, full-day students enjoy lunch and naps in the classrooms.
Full Day Dismissal at 3 PM
Full-day YCC students are dismissed from their classroom door at 3 p.m. following the same procedures as at drop-off — one at a time, with parents knocking on the door announcing their presence to the teacher.
EXTENDED DAY OPTIONS
Morning Care 7:45—8:45 AM
Once YCC students have completed their phase-in cycle and are comfortable with their transition to school, they may be enrolled in Morning Care, which is available Mondays through Fridays regularly and on an as-needed basis if there is space.
Wednesday Care 11:35 AM—3 PM
Once YCC students have completed their phase-in cycle, they may be enrolled in Wednesday Care, which is available regularly and on an as-needed basis if there is space.
Afternoon MAP 3—5 PM
Once YCC students have completed their phase-in cycle, they may be enrolled in Afternoon Care, which is available Mondays through Fridays regularly and on an as-needed basis if there is space.
A Summer Extension is available to currently enrolled YCC students. Interested families should email Director of Auxiliary Programs Emily Redmond at [email protected].