CQY Newsletter Archive
March 15, 2012
The difference between just looking and really seeing: that is the Central Queens Y Early Childhood experience. We've successfully raised over a generation of neighborhood children, and still make Nursery School new! Learning is everywhere, and we weave it into your child's day in a nurturing, friendly, and safe environment to prepare your child for the academic challenges ahead.
"It’s such a warm environment and I feel the teachers are really involved in the children’s lives," says Yoko, mom of three-year-old Haru. "It's very different from other schools. I wish I had known about it when my daughter was his age!"
In support of meeting NYS Early Learning Standards, a variety of respected teaching methods are utilized to transmit the learning experiences and values that set the CQY program apart. Content areas include Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, The Arts, Technology, and Physical Fitness. In keeping with our philosophy we embed special enrichment activities in the program, including swim instruction, music, dance, arts, crafts, and more.
“The children in our Nursery School have been constructing meaning with language and ideas,” says teacher Jo-Ann Gullen, who has been with our Early Childhood Center since 1983. “They especially loved this project. Before you know it they’ll be building cities!”
Save the Date! Workshop on Parenting with Renowned Child Psychologist Anthony E. Wolf, Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 7:00pm. Click here for information!
Who We Are
Named by cable channel NY1 as a "New Yorker of the Week," Jonathan Shevin came to the CQY from Pius Community Services in the Bronx, where he served for 16 years as Director of Education and Director of Staff Development and Curriculum. He took the helm as Director of our Nursery School in 2006.
"There's nothing like this age for huge changes and leaps of creativity," says Jonathan. "I've never gotten over my fascination with how language and social skills develop."
Jonathan and his family live half a block from the North Woods in Van Cortlandt Park. “The trees are still mostly bare, so I sometimes can see folks riding horses in the forest. Look the other way, and you're in Yonkers!”
A graduate of SUNY–Binghamton, Jonathan received his MSEd. in Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. He has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer in Youth Studies at CUNY–Lehman and got his start in early childhood education at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side.
“One of the great things about a community center is that everyone is here, from toddlers to seniors, and it’s a grand parade. Even before the CQY, my career has been in community organizations. They are special places.”
Are you a new subscriber? Would you like to catch up on the CQY's Program News? Visit the CQY Weekly Newsletter Archive!
It Takes Resources to Be a Resource
Please consider making a donation to the CQY's Nursery School Scholarship Fund. By supporting this program, you will make a direct impact on the lives of families in our community who would not otherwise be able to send their young children to nursery school.
You'll find many new and exciting programs in our Spring 2012 Program Guide! To read all about it, just click on the image above. For a look at the color insert about our Nursery School and Camp, click here! And, to register for any of our wonderful classes, click here!
Coming Soon at the CQY!
Monday, March 19, 2012: Ancient Stories from the Talmud
Wednesday, March 21, 2012: Parent Education Workshop Series
Wednesday, March 21, 2012: Connect-to-Care Workshop at Samuel Field Y: How to Stretch Your Dollar
Thursday, March 22, 2012: Connect-to-Care Workshop at Samuel Field Y: Transitioning to a New Career
Spring Break is Just Around the Corner!
School may be closed, but the CQY will be open with fun activities and exciting day trips for children in Kindergarten to 6th Grade, Friday, April 6, 2012, and Monday through Thursday, April 9-12, 2012. Click here for a printable flyer and registration form!
For complete information about all of our programs and special events, visit us at www.cqy.org.
For up-to-the-minute info, pictures & video...
The Central Queens YM-YWHA is a not-for-profit community center offering programs to sustain and enhance the quality of family and individual life for all members of the community. The CQY is an agency of UJA-Federation of New York and is operated by the Samuel Field Y.