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Early Childhood Learning

Our primary goal at the Y is for each child to grow in skill, understanding and confidence while experiencing the joys and adventures of learning. Our comprehensive program provides a welcoming, warm setting that encourages each child’s individual potential and readiness.

For additional information please contact Raquel Despe.

Bright Beginnings Preschool

Our full-day program is based on a philosophy of learning through play. Your child will enjoy educational hands-on activities in art, math, science, music, cooking and phonics. As our Y is the starting point for many kids to learn the importance of being physically active, there is dedicated time on our playground, in the KidZone and gym, and swimming.

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We ask that children arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast, lunch and two healthy snacks are served daily.

CATERPILLARS – Age 2 Classroom
This class is designed to ease parent-separation anxiety and encourage independence. Your child will have fun learning songs, stories and finger plays; and playing with Legos, blocks and puzzles while honing fine and large motor skills.

BUTTERFLIES – Age 3 Classroom
Through games and group activities, your child will develop self-awareness and fundamental socialization skills such as cooperation, listening, sharing and interacting with peers. Letters, numbers, shapes and colors are introduced.

ROCKETS – Age 4 Classroom
The goal for this class is to nurture a love of learning and prepare your child for kindergarten. Weekly theme-based lessons teach letter recognition and sounds, art, music, number recognition, and mastery of shapes and colors.

Kindergarten Round-Up

The YMCA offers half-day care for children enrolled in Kindergarten within Districts 41, 89 and 200. The program is a Kindergarten enrichment program offering continuing curriculum as well as arts, science experiments, music time and more. The children also get to swim once a week as part of the program.

The DCFS licensed program is a full-time program that runs Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (for children in PM Kindergarten) or 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. (for children in AM Kindergarten). Transportation is provided either to or from school. This half-day program is at the YMCA building. The program runs daily and doesn’t charge additional fees for SIP days or days off, with the exception of the Winter and Spring Breaks. Lunch and a snack are served daily.