Preschool Child Care

Our Philosophy

YMCA child care programs stress care and safety. They nurture children’s natural desire to learn by providing ample opportunities to explore.This is accomplished through developmentally appropriate activities.The scheduling, pacing and rhythm of these activities will be consistent with the recognized principles of early childhood education, which state that each child develops at his or her own rate.

We believe that the child care center should be an extension of the home and should in no way attempt to be a substitute for, or in competition with the home. The cooperative experience will set the stage between the child’s education and interest and the family involvement.

Berry Patch

3½ to 4 years of age at time of registration.

Noah's Ark

4 to 4½ years of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

These programs promote a developmentally appropriate practice approach to learning. Daily activities may include cooperative play, art and story time.  Swimming lessons and gross motor skills that include music and movement are also part of the curriculum.  Outdoor play and spontaneous outdoor excursions are incorporated in the day when weather permits.

Monthly Fee: Members $549

Movers and Shakers

Over 4 years of age at time of registration.

Time: 6:30 am-6 pm, all day program (M-F)

Our full-day prekindergarten classroom focuses on the skills children need prior to entering kindergarten.  The curriculum will prepare them academically, socially and physically.  Some of the activities may include writing skills, shape identification, various counting activities, fine and gross motor skills, science and many hands on experiences.  Swimming lessons and music and movement are also included.

Monthly Fee: Members $549

Zoo Crew AM (Mon-Fri 8 am-12 pm)

3-4 years of age at time of registration.

This half day preschool program engages children in a wide variety of activities that prepares them academically, socially, and physically. Swimming lessons, music and movement, and special projects are included in the program. Zoo Crew runs September-May..

Monthly Fee: Members $235

Zoo Crew PM (Mon-Fri 12:30-4:30 pm)

4-5 years of age at time of registration.

This half day preschool program engages children in a wide variety of activities that prepares them academically, socially, and physically for kindergarten. Some of the activities may include writing skills, shape identification, various counting activities, fine and gross motor skills, science, and many hands-on experiences. Swimming lessons, music and movement, field trips, and special projects are included in the program. Zoo Crew runs September-May.

Monthly Fee: Members $235

Registration Requirements

Please provide the following at the time of registration:

  • Up-to-date immunization records
  • Child Information Sheet
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $35.00

Enrollment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have a maximum capacity. All registration will be done at the YMCA.  Monthly rates are available for those who do not have a Y membership.  Contact the Child Development Center, 605.718.5437, for additional information.