The infant program is both nurturing and full of exciting exploration. Infants first learn about relationships by developing a bond with their caregivers. A nurturing environment allows the child to explore and become more independent. Language skills are taught by conversation between our caregivers and the infants. As a member of a group, infants communicate first through play and imitation. Playing in small groups provides practice of fine motor skills such as grasping and holding. During this first exciting year, many gross motor skills are mastered such as crawling, sitting, holding a bottle, pulling oneself to a standing position, and their first steps. There are many milestones to be reached during the first year of growth. Loving caregivers, new friends, and an active classroom help to foster infant cognitive and physical development.
Polliwogs (6 weeks – 12 months)
Minnows (12 months – 18 months)
The toddler program provides a rich array of activities for this age. The relationship between your toddler and his/her teacher is strengthened daily by learning new vocabulary through imitation and repetition. Progression of skills can be done at an individual pace by experimenting with our developmentally appropriate materials. Small group activities include songs, stories, finger plays, and games teaching skills such as colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. Our toddlers are encouraged to continue to master their self-help skills, begin potty training and to play independently. Outdoor and indoor activities include opportunities for exercise and engaging in jumping, running, kicking, and throwing. Our very active toddlers spend their day exploring, discovering, and interacting socially with friends.
Tadpoles (18 months – 27 months)
Guppies (27 months – 36 months)
The preschool program is based on a theme-related curriculum. Combining creativity and basic skills, our preschoolers experience a wide range of subjects including reading, language, math, music, physical education, and much more. The preschool program utilizes learning centers which allow for small group activities for short spans of time. Children move from one center to another mastering skills and problem solving. The preschool children participate in KinderGym which is a developmentally appropriate gym class led by a NYS physical education teacher at the wellness center. This class teaches children teamwork and patience while exposing them to a variety of games and activities that enhance their gross motor abilities.
Turtles (3-4 years old)
Kate Therrien has been working for the YMCA since 2012. She currently hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Therapy and has plans to pursue her Master’s Degree in the same field. Kate currently lives in Malta with her husband and her dog Harper.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten is a New York State early childhood initiative focused on the educational development of 4 year olds. Through comprehensive developmentally appropriate educational experiences, the program promotes the development of children’s language, early literacy skills, cognitive, physical, social and educational skills. Our comprehensive Universal Pre-Kindergarten classes, taught by New York State certified early childhood education and/or special education teachers, are designed so that children will meet or exceed the criteria established for their age, be ready to learn and be inquisitive, and be successful as they transition to the kindergarten environment. Graduates leave Malta Childcare Center ready to learn and prepared for Kindergarten.
The preschool program also provides the children with 14 weeks of swimming lessons at our Saratoga Springs Branch. This program is designed for the children’s developmental ability and taught by certified instructors. Transportation is provided and all at no additional cost to you!
The UPK program is subsidized through New York State, giving families a break with tuition costs. For more information regarding the subsidy, contact . Children must reside in Ballston Spa school districts in order to qualify for this program. Malta Childcare has 15 spaces for UPK students all of which are determined through a lottery drawing. UPK applications are required to be completed and sent to the Ballston Spa District office by a pre-determined deadline. Please visit www.bscsd.org for specific details regarding the application process.
KinderBugs (4-5 years old)
Cheryl has been a UPK teacher at Malta Childcare since 2008. She grew up in Boston, MA where she graduated from high school and then moved to upstate NY. She graduated from The College of St. Rose with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and from SUNY Albany with a Master’s degree as a Literacy Specialist (Birth-6). Cheryl enjoys working out, going to dinner with friends, and visiting her family.