A Special Place
State Funded Preschool Serves At Risk Preschoolers
The YWCA offers the only therapeutic preschool for 3-5 year olds in Sonoma County. The teachers are credentialed by the State of California Department of Education in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Social-Emotional and Self-Regulation. As a therapeutic preschool, we work extensively with at-risk children, helping them identify their emotions and develop socially. As a state subsidized preschool, we follow the Department of Education framework for early learning curriculum and the children are assessed through DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profiles) observations to chart their development.
Early Intervention Promotes Social Emotional Skills
Children often enter the program who are referred to us by Child Protective Services, or who have witnessed or are victims of domestic violence. Once in our program, they are referred to group or individual play or art. A social emotional curriculum is woven throughout the program to teach children impulse control and self regulation in addition to academic skills to make them a success when entering kindergarten. We also provide support and education to our parents to promote their own healing and help them to create safe, nurtuing homes for their children.
Free and Reduced Healthy Meals Help Children Grow
The program is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm. We serve up to 30 children daily, with a 1:8 teacher-to-student ratio. Each child is provided with breakfast, lunch and a nutritious snack; all meals are provided and supervised through the USDA Child Care food program. For information on the current or past lunch menus, see our Parent Information page.
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