Francisco's Y Story

Francisco feels more safe in his preschool classroom, comes to school with a big smile and says “I’m feeling happy.” But when he first returned to the YMCA Preschool Program this year, Francisco was so scared and was emotional that his family was concerned. Having a new teacher plus learning a new language was daunting for him. His teacher assured his family that consistency was key and it was okay for Francisco to have these emotions. His class talked regularly about self-awareness and our five senses which taught him to understand that feeling sad, happy, angry, shy, and frustrated is normal for everyone and it is okay for him to do so. Working on social and emotional skills helped Francisco identify with his peers, who felt similar feelings, and enabled him to feel more secure which is key for optimal learning and growth.