Anderson Children's Foundation

Family YMCA of the Desert

La Quinta Outdoor Enriched Learning Environment for Preschoolers (2021-2022)

In the Coachella Valley there are very few infant care centers that can accommodate the growth in our local population. The Family YMCA of the Desert will help solve this dilemma by having one of the few "licensed" infant care centers. We enroll children from age 3 months to 24 months and cater to low-income families throughout the valley. Our La Quinta Infant Care Center is a state funded program providing the curriculum set forth from the state and will provide a low-cost enrollment plan for those that qualify.

Our infant/toddler curriculum is structured around three essential policies. First, "Primary Care Giving"; here we build close, caring relationships with children. Each child has a primary caregiver who responds to basic needs such as feeding, toileting, napping and comfort. Second, we have "Small Groups"; here the group size in our infant program is 12 infants with a ratio of one staff person for every three children. This ensures that each child has the care they need and deserve. Third, is our "Individualized Curriculum" which involves each child having an individualized plan for eating, toileting, sleeping and developmental progress. Each child's daily activities will be documented in order to see progress, evaluate this progress, or lack which will then help us partner with parents in the education of their children.

Contact: Paula Simonds, CEO paulasimonds@desertymca.org

Infant Care Center Play Structure (2019-2020)

In the Coachella Valley there are very few infant care centers that can accommodate the growth in our local population. The Family YMCA of the Desert will help solve this dilemma by having one of the few "licensed" infant care centers. We will enroll children from age 3 months to 24 months and cater to low income families throughout the valley. Our La Quinta Infant Care Center will be a state funded program providing the curriculum set forth from the state and will provide a low cost enrollment plan for those that qualify.

Our infant/toddler curriculum is structured around three essential policies. First, "Primary Care Giving"; here we build close, caring relationships with children. Each child has a primary caregiver who responds to basic needs such as feeding, toileting, napping and comfort. Second, we have "Small Groups"; here the group size in our infant program is 12 infants with a ratio of one staff person for every three children. This ensures that each child has the care they need and deserve. Third, is our "Individualized Curriculum" which involves each child having an individualized plan for eating, toileting, sleeping and developmental progress. Each child's daily activities will be documented in order to see progress, evaluate this progress or lack which will then help us partner with parents in the education of their children.

Computers for Kids (2013-2014)

The Computers for Kids project provides new computers and learning software for the Family YMCA in the Desert. The new computers will help children complete assignments. In addition, these computers will include IXL, a Math tutoring program that uses fun games and visuals to help students learn about math. IXL’s software will help children improve their math and science skills, which will ultimately increase their state testing scores. The program encourages healthy self esteem as children learn to use computers effectively and achieve academic success.