Elevate the youth experience in your Y programs with curriculum solutions designed by and for Y professionals.
As YMCA staff with decades of experience working in day camp, before and after-school programs, child watch, and early learning, we understand the unique needs and challenges of Y youth development professionals. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we help empower your staff to provide an elevated educational experience that ignites curiosity and complements school-based learning.
Our curriculum solutions align with educational outcomes and infuse purposeful play into every activity, providing a consistent and quality experience that fosters growth and nurtures young minds.
By nesting educational components and learning in a project and play-based format, the Elevate curriculum transforms Y programs from Pinterest planning to educator-led initiatives. Centered
in belonging, achievement, and relationship development, the curriculum aligns with national Y initiatives and best practices.
“I cannot tell you how happy I am with the summer curriculum – so much stress off our shoulders and the staff are really enjoying everything you all provided.” ~ Vice President, Youth Development YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
Take your youth development programs to new heights with Elevate Curriculum Solutions. Email us today to learn more about pricing and plans to fit the budget of any size Y. We are here to be your partner in programming!
SCALED Learning™ curriculum presents kids with new challenges every day as they reach each stage of their development. It expands the school day through active play with classmates and a curriculum that augments what they’re learning in school with experts on helping kids grow in spirit, mind, and body.
The Pillars of SCALED Learning™:
STEM projects engage kids in science, technology, engineering, or math to practice academic skills, think critically, and promote investigation, inquiry, and discovery.
Career-Connected Learning allows kids to explore career paths through integrated lesson plans and get to know real professionals in industries like engineering, medicine, business, and education.
Arts and Crafts activities engage kids in hands-on projects, which grow in complexity as they do. They explore a variety of techniques and media as they discover ways to creatively express themselves.
Literacy activities engage kids in reading aloud and discussion, creative writing, Reader’s Theater, and word games to practice academic skills and promote expression.
Education embedded into Y programs helps students build confidence to become active learners in and out of the classroom. From homework help to spelling bees and more, we foster a love of learning.
Diversity and Global Learning allows kids to become good global citizens through cultural events and projects which explore diverse perspectives, ideas, beliefs, and customs.
LEAPING into Fun curriculum for member drop-in care programs not only ensures children are having fun, getting the wiggles out, and making new friends but also learning through thoughtfully planned, play-based, and age-appropriate activities. The activity framework includes skill-building projects, active group games, circle time, social interaction, free play time, and social-emotional learning activities.
The Core Elements of LEAPING into Fun:
Literacy through engagement in reading aloud and discussion, book-inspired creations, word games, and more to instill the love of reading books at a young age.
Enrichment activities promoting investigation, inquiry, and discovery are explored through activities ranging from STEM projects to learning sign language and more!
Arts and crafts projects with a variety of hands-on art techniques that allow kids to creatively express themselves and take home a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Play in the form of structured and freeform activities, group games, and free time that engages kids in a non-competitive environment to get the wiggles out while learning new skills.
Imagination is fueled through role play, puppet shows, and more to promote freedom of expression, social-emotional learning, and creative problem-solving.
Numbers and letters recognition, letter sounds, and counting through gameplay and concept activities that challenge kids to grow their math and literacy skills as they do.
Gross and Fine Motor Skills are intentionally utilized through physical activities and craft projects such as beading, scissor use, balance and movement games, and more.
BLASTING into Summer curriculum for day camp combines learning, adventure, and fun, ensuring campers have an unforgettable camp experience that ignites their passions, fosters personal growth, and creates lifelong memories.
The Building Blocks of BLASTING into Summer:
Belonging focuses on creating an inclusive camp environment with a sense of community. Team-building activities and group discussions develop social skills, build friendships, and teach acceptance and respect for others.
Literacy focuses on storytelling, writing activities, and exploring a variety of genres. From creative writing exercises to book discussions, campers develop reading comprehension, writing skills, and a love for literature.
Arts activities unleash a camper's inner artist allowing expression through various art forms, including painting, drawing, sculpting, and other techniques, while encouraging self-expression, creativity, and confidence.
STEM provides campers thrilling adventures in science, technology, engineering, and math. Hands-on experiments and challenges develop critical thinking skills, logical reasoning, and a passion for innovation.
Team-building helps campers learn to work together, communicate effectively, and appreciate the power of collective effort in a fun and meaningful way through games, group challenges, and cooperative activities.
Imagination encourages campers to think outside the box, explore new ideas, and embrace individuality. Imaginative play, storytelling, and improvisation develop storytelling skills and boost self-confidence.
Nature provides campers with time outdoors through hikes and eco-friendly projects. A focus on conservation, ecosystems, and sustainable practices develops a deeper understanding of their role as stewards of the environment.
Gross Motor engages campers in sports and other activities that promote physical well-being and develop motor skills. Games, relays, and friendly competitions enhance coordination, endurance, and teamwork abilities.