YMCA Child Development Center

Toddler Program

This full day program is for toddlers age 16 months to 3 years old.  We strive to meet the developmental needs of your child through developmentally appropriate activities, materials, and guidance. 

Physical Health affects functioning in all other domains. That is why this component is so crucial to toddler care. All toddlers need regular health and physical exams, preventative care, screening, immunizations, and sick care. We provide optimal health practices by providing a safe and sanitary environment, using proper procedures when diapering and toileting, working with the parents on a healthy feeding and nap schedule, and attending to all other physical needs of your child.

Emotional Development is your child's emerging ability to become secure, express feelings, develop self-awareness, and self-regulate. We promote positive emotional development by forming relationships between the caregiver and your child. All children are encouraged to express their emotions through facial expression, gestures, and sounds and are also encouraged to recognize their wants, needs, interests, likes, and dislikes. Our caregivers help all children manage their feelings and behavior.

Social Development is your child’s emerging understanding of self and others and the ability to relate to other people and the environment.  We support the development of your child’s ability to interact effectively with the people in his/her world. We include the following considerations in the care environment:

  • Forming relationships with caregivers
  • Positive interactions with other children
  • Using cues, gestures, glances, and words to stay connected

Motor Development is the increasing ability to use one’s body to interact with the environment. From birth, babies use their bodies to interact with their physical and social environment.  The control of small and large muscles allows toddlers to participate increasingly in their daily care, such as feeding, dressing, and toileting. We create a safe space for free exploration and movement with appropriate levels of challenge.

Language and Communication Development is the increasing ability to communicate successfully with others to build relationships, share meaning, and express needs in multiple ways.  The development of language and communication skills during the toddler years supports development in all of the other domains. It helps toddlers to learn about healthful routines to regulate their actions and thinking, to understand their emotional experiences, and to get along with others socially. We read to toddlers frequently, and recite to them songs and rhymes. Sign language is also an important part of communication.

Cognitive Development is the building of concept knowledge and thinking skills. Through relationships and active exploration experiences, toddlers make discoveries about the world, figure out how things work, imitate others, try out new behaviors, share meaning, learn social rules, and solve problems. To promote cognitive development, our caregivers and responsive to your child’s interests and needs. Our caregivers set up an environment that is age appropriate and challenging for the age and stage of all children in the program. The environment provides a rich selection of age appropriate and easily accessible materials to allow toddlers to pursue their passion for learning and discovery.

Toddlers are served a morning and afternoon snack each day. Lunch must be provided by the parents. A weekly/daily schedule for the toddlers is available for parents to view at any time, and a copy for home can be requested.

For more information, to check availability, schedule a tour or register, please contact Sarah Skarski at sskarski@siouxfallsymca.org or call (605) 275-9622.