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FM Playmates Child Care Center

Ann Day - Director

Over twenty years ago, the Fulton County YMCA and Fulton-Montgomery Community College formed a partnership to provide campus based child care to serve the needs of the college community. Many students have been given the opportunity to attend college because they could leave their child in an affordable, secure and welcoming learning environment. The program has grown through the years from its start in a college classroom to being housed in a well-equipped, facility of its own. After years of hard work and dedication, the program has proven itself as one of excellence by attaining accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. A voluntary commitment for improvement, accreditation ensures that the program is held to the highest standards based on the latest research on the education and development of children. There are no other accredited child care centers in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

With ten different categories of program standards in which to comply, the center provides care that goes beyond the requirements of the mandatory state licensing. The program implements a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social. The teaching staff has the educational qualifications, knowledge and commitment to promote learning. The Head Preschool Teacher possesses a New York State Teacher Certification. The Director has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. These professionals are skilled and knowledgeable about developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate practices. Children are continuously assessed in their development and learning and parents are kept informed of their progress and any special needs. Established community resource liaisons help achieve program and individual goals. Relationships with families are strong. Parents are encouraged to participate in the children’s learning as true partners.

The health and safety of the children is a primary concern. Campus security maintains a security system at the entrance and monitors the area twenty four hours each day. Children and staff must wash hands upon entering and exiting the building in addition to the obvious times as before meals. The program takes part in the New York State Department of Health, Child and Adult Food Program and adheres to their regulations for proper nutrition. The meals often contain foods that may not be usual fare for the average American. Vegetables such as beets, asparagus, lima beans and brussels sprouts are part of the monthly menu. Offerings reflect many different cultures as well. Eating at the center is an education for healthy living. When asked about their favorite foods, the child care children often name a vegetable or fruit. A large, enclosed playground offers many different opportunities to build muscles, coordination and imagination. The children are often seen walking around the campus. They are able to spend active time in the college gym during the colder months. The children in our program tend to be healthier.

The accreditation process demands much time, energy and funding, but the visible results for the children in our program make it all worthwhile. Positive experiences are occurring at the child care center. Lessons learned during the early years last a life time. One might call the program “college for children

FM Playmates Child Care Center Staff

Ann 762-5333
Tara YostHead Preschool 
Elaine UhlingerPreschool Assistant Teacher  
Nadine UhlingerHead Toddler Teacher  
Melissa GoebelToddler Assistant Teacher  
Angela McClaryFloating Assistant Teacher  

You may also review the FM Playmates Child Care Center Handbook.