Because . . .
WHEN CHILDREN PLAY in preschool, THEIR NATURAL DESIRE TO LEARN IS ENHANCED
Early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring, and discovery. Planned within this framework, our developmentally-appropriate curriculum allows children to explore and examine their world and includes sharing and conversation, stories, songs and fingerplays, creative arts and crafts activities, large muscle activities, cooking projects, and exposure to shapes, numbers, colors, and letters. Teachers use learning centers in a play-based curriculum to offer challenging activities in all developmental areas.
All YMCA Preschool locations are currently at capacity. Please check with your local Y for any updates and waiting lists.
We recognize that children progress through the stages of development at their own rate. Our program gives us the flexibility to accommodate these different rates through the use of learning centers.
- Curriculum-Based Learning Centers and Weekly Themes
- Circle Time
- Outdoor/Gym Activities
- Cooking and Science Projects
- Music and Movement
Food and Nutrition
Mealtime offers an opportunity for children to share experiences and form positive habits toward eating. Guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program are followed at locations where breakfast, lunch, and snacks are served. The Y provides an alternate meal or food item for children with food allergies when documented by a physician. Food brought from home for diet or medicinal purposes must be labeled and given to the teacher for proper storage. Each Center provides information about meals and snacks.
Please bring a copy of the child’s current physical, shot record, and original birth certificate. Due to state licensing agreements, incomplete registrations cannot be processed.
Electronic funds transfer (EFT) is the Y’s preferred method of payment for tuition. Fees are automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account either weekly or monthly, per your request. Financial assistance is available for those not able to pay the full amount; please ask about the Guardian program.
Child Care and Preschool are closed:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- Christmas Eve and Christmas day
- In-service training days
The YMCA Preschool Child Development program is licensed by the Department of Social Services to operate as a child care facility. Our program and facility conform to all standards established by the Department of Social Services. These standards focus on health, safety, and program quality. All centers are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and participate in the National YMCA Quality Check.
The Y makes membership and program available regardless of your ability to pay the standard fees. If you have a financial hardship, you can apply here for the following locations. Tom & Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA, R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA, and Richmond County YMCA.