EARLY CHILDHOOD at York Day Nursery

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.

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


  • 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!


  • Daily basis…invited to join classrooms at any time. Read stories / share talents / join for lunches, etc.
  • 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 “Easting of the Greens” luncheon and nutrition workshops
  • Encouraged to borrow parenting / child development materials from YDN resource library

Participation in:

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Family Workshops throughout the year
  • End-of-the-Year classroom parties
  • Fund rasiers throughout the year
  • Board of Director involvment
  • Participate in Giant A+ School Rewards bonus program


York Day Nursery, Inc.
450 East Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17403

Telephone: 717-854-1300
Fax: 717-843-1955

Executive Director: Brian Grimm


YDN is committed to providing a high quality safe, secure, and nurturing environment that is vital for the healthy development of every young child. The needs and interests of each child are the basis for classroom learning experiences, whether a child is six weeks old or four years of age.

YDN strongly believes that each child is unique and possesses unlimited potential. Thus we strive to create wonderful learning environments that encourage children “to be all they can be.” Through play in multi-cultural classrooms with well-trained educators, children explore their world at their own pace, discover how to cooperate and problem solve, try out new ideas, develop language, math and motor skills, build confidence to attempt new and different activities. This stimulating environment is designed to develop the total child—emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually.

YDN is also committed to building a strong family and center partnership in order to provide the highest quality of care and early education for all our young children. Families are encouraged to become involved at the YDN on many different levels.