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 a play-based curriculum to offer challenging activities in all developmental areas.

 

Tom & Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA
6 a.m. – 6 p.m. for children 2 – 5 years old

 

Richmond County YMCA
Warsaw Baptist Church
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. for children 2 ½ – 5 years old

 

R. F. Wilkinson Family YMCA
Child Development Center

6 a.m. – 6 p.m. for children 3 – 5 years old

 

Northern Neck Family YMCA
Wiley Child Development Center

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. for children 16 months – 5 years old

 

Preschool Parent Handbook
Preventing Child Abuse Parent Education Guide

 

Development

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.

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

Now register online. Tom & Ann Hunnicutt Family YMCA, Northern Neck Family YMCA, R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA, and Richmond County YMCA.

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

Licensing

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.

Guardian Program

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, Northern Neck Family YMCA, R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA, and Richmond County YMCA.

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