YMCA Child Development Center

Infant Care

This full day program is for infants age 6 weeks to 16 months.  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 for your child. All infants 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 you on a healthy feeding and nap schedule, and attending to all the 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 our caregivers and your child. All children are encouraged to express their emotions through facial expression, gestures, and sounds. The children are also encouraged to recognize their wants, needs, interests, likes, and dislikes. Our caregivers help your child and the other 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 a 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. As your child develops emotional security, he/she becomes increasingly confident about using their emerging motor abilities to explore the environment, try out new skills, and learn about the world.  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. Your child tunes into familiar sounds and voices and express needs minutes after birth, and communication continues to develop rapidly through the toddler age. The development of language and communication skills during the infant years supports development in all of the other domains. It helps your child 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 your child and the other children 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, your child makes discoveries about the world, figures out how things work, imitates others, tries out new behaviors, shares meaning, learns social rules, and solves problems. To promote cognitive development, our caregivers are 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 your child. The environment provides a rich selection of age appropriate and easily accessible materials to allow he or she to pursue their passion for learning and discovery.

Infants are held, fed, changed, and nap as needed and prescribed by you, the parent. Your child will be comforted and placed in different positions throughout the day, such as exersaucers, boppy pillows, and play mats, to develop their motor skills and allow for appropriate amounts of tummy time. As your child grows and starts to incorporate table food into their diet, they will have a more consistent schedule for lunch, snack, and nap.

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