Early Childhood



Our high quality early childhood programs provide stimulating environments for young children to grow and learn. We stay connected with best practices in the field through our affiliations with:

NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children

FSSA – Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, which oversees state licensing for childcare centers

PTQ – Paths-To-Quality rating system


AYS uses The Creative Curriculum® by Teaching Strategies, a research-based curriculum. The curriculum provides a strong focus on the individual child, taking into consideration who they are and how they learn. It provides staff with instructional strategies that make learning meaningful, relevant, and engaging to each child.

Staff Training and Education

All staff members are CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions certified and are required to attend AYS’ core training days at the beginning of each school year. All staff members are required to complete between 20 and 40 hours of training each year.


Program directors must possess a Bachelor’s degree in child development or a related field. The lead teacher must possess at a minimum a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. All early childhood staff members must have at least a high school diploma with an expected timeline to receive a CDA.

Families & Community Partnerships

We strive to establish relationships with each family to build partnerships in the learning process. We encourage parents to be a part of our Parent Advisory Board. We also highlight the diverse cultural backgrounds of families within the program. AYS collaborates with a variety of community organizations to provide additional enrichment opportunities in all of our programs. Those partnerships help us achieve our goal to provide excellence in our programs.

Schedules vary by program site, but a typical day at AYS Early Childhood might look like:

  • IMG_0102Welcome and Free Choice Centers
  • Wash Hands/Morning Snack
  • Calendar & Circle Time
  • Playground
  • Skill Time, Craft, Manipulative, & Instruction Time
  • Snack Time for Bus Friends
  • Large Group Activities
  • Bathroom Break/Wash Hands & Bus Friends Heading Home
  • Lunch
  • Bathroom/Recess
  • Rest Time
  • Wash Hands/Afternoon Snack
  • Afternoon Circle Time: Songs, Finger Plays, Story, & News of the Day
  • Free Choice Centers or Outside Play
  • Manipulative & Dramatic Play
  • Clean-up &Story Time

…all in a warm and social environment that promotes community building by a team of trained and dedicated staff.  Word-of-mouth spreads quickly among parents and we have many programs that go on a wait list due to demand! We love watching children grow up in our AYS programs and often have students later return to volunteer and even work!

“The past year and a half has been such a wonderful journey. The staff taught (our daughter) so many things she would not have gotten in a home daycare setting. The program curriculum is awesome and has truly prepared (her) for kindergarten and beyond. Not to mention the wonderful memories she will have. If you are a parent, you can truly understand how comforting it is to know that we can drop our child off and go to work without worry. It’s priceless.” -An AYS Family, 2012