Learning begins in Nana y Yo program
The YMCA’s free course for children getting ready for kindergarten — and their caregivers — aims to expand across Silicon Valley
Marivic Hoayun, left, plays a learning game with her daughters Victoria, center, and Gwendolyn at the YMCA’s Nana y Yo program at Lakewood Elementary School in Sunnyvale. The early learning program is geared toward children and their caregivers.
Amaya Salazar stared straight ahead, intently focused on the picture book her teacher held aloft.
Curious George, the inquisitive monkey beloved for generations by children the world over, was visiting a fire station and the almost 3-year-old’s eyes were glued to the bright yellow and red pages.
Suddenly Amaya’s little voice pierced the air. She’d been to a fire station, she announced proudly.
Without missing a beat, the instructor, Sabrina Montijo, capitalized on the interjection. Who works at a fire station, she asked the children before her, and what do they do?
Several kids piped up, “Firefighters!”
The exchange was brief, a blip on a recent morning. But it’s exactly what the YMCA of Silicon Valley wants to see. Aayisha Gupta, 3, holds a ball on a jungle gym at the YMCA’s Nana y Yo program. The program provides training for caregivers with tools to enhance early learning.