The YDN curriculum, teaching strategies, and learning environments are all based upon what early childhood educators know about the way young children develop and learn best. Our classrooms are busy places with children involved in hands-on activities, talking, playing, exploring, singing, laughing, and sharing experiences. Research shows that little children learn far better through direct interactive experiences than through just sitting and listening to a teacher talk. We create learning environments and activities that are in tune with children’s different ages and stages of development. Each classroom teacher uses The Creative Curriculum Strategies, Inc., as the basis for creating and maintaining a high-quality program.

Boy and girl building with blocks

Everyday our Children Are:

  • Forming critical trusting relationships with caring, well-trained early childhood educators

  • Learning through play and exploration

  • Solving problems, making friends, building confidence

  • Developing large and small motor skills, both inside and outside

  • Developing language, listening, and self-help skills

  • Expressing creativity through art, music, dramatic play, and story telling

  • Spending lots of time with books and developing pre-reading and pre-writing skills

  • Doing hands-on math and science

  • Enjoying a variety of challenging and age-appropriate toys and equipment

  • Having Fun!

Families playing with children

Family Involvement

  • Families are invited to join us anytime! 

  • Parent Conferences held twice yearly

  • On-going daily communication, both written and oral

  • Fall Family Night

  • Field Trips with 3’s and 4’s students

  • Annual “Eating of the Greens” luncheon and nutrition workshops

  • Encouraged to borrow parenting/child development materials from YDN resource library

Boys holding books

Curriculum is enhanced by:

  • The 100 Book Challenge is a systematic reading program introduced in 2005 to the York Day Nursery four-year-old classrooms. Reading achievement is the goal. This exciting program provides access to books both at school and for home, as well as student engagement, parent involvement and tested teaching strategies.

  • The Scholastic Book Fair visits the York Day Nursery for a week yearly. To kick off the event, a family literacy program is held.

  • The annual “Fun and Fitness” week involves children, families and staff and includes a fund raising event for a non-profit organization, visits from fitness and nutrition experts, an “Eating of the Greens” family luncheon, and an “Eat-a-Rainbow-of-Colors” children’s tasting party.

  • The “Artist in Residence” Program

  • Field trips with 3 and 4 year old classes