Preschool

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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 finger plays, creative arts and crafts activities, large muscle activities, cooking projects and exposure to shapes, numbers, colors and letters. Teachers use learning centers in play-based curriculum to offer challenging activities in all developmental areas.

Middlesex Preschool Program 
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for children 2 ½ – 5 years old

Newport News YMCA Child Development Center
6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for children 2 – 5 years old

Richmond County Preschool Program
7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for children 2 ½ – 5 years old

YMCA Child Development Center at Colonial Williamsburg
6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for children 6 weeks – 5 years old

YMCA Wiley Child Development Center, Kilmarnock VA
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for children 16 months – 5 years old

PDF View the Y’s Preschool Brochure  
PDF View the Y’s Preschool Parent’s Handbook

Development

We recognize that children progress through the stages of development at their own rate. Our program gives us flexibility to accommodate these different rates through the use of learning centers.

Activities include:

  • Curriculum-Based Learning Centers and Weekly Themes
  • Circle Time
  • Outdoor/Gym Activities
  • Cooking and Science Projects
  • Music and Movement
  • Swimming and Water Fun

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.

Registration

Make an appointment with the Child Care or Preschool Director. 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.

Payment

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

Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.