YMCA of Greater Erie

Preschool Program

Ages 3-5 years

Y Preschool builds on a child’s natural desire to learn things and become more self-reliant. Getting along with other children, sharing, taking turns and working in a group are all natural parts of learning. Y Preschool is also a safe, fun and comfortable place where children build positive relationships with caring adults. Creative Curriculum ® is an exciting and challenging program that helps preschoolers stretch their skills in mind and body.

All YMCA program locations participate in the Keystone STARS Accreditation Program and are rated either a STAR 3 or 4.

Pre-K Counts Program

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program makes quality pre-kindergarten programs available to Pennsylvania residents at no cost to qualifying families.  It is funded through a grant from the State of Pennsylvania.  Full day program instructional time is 3 hours.  The Y offers a number of Pre-K Counts classrooms throughout the service area.  A Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration.  Call Elisabeth Hess at 814-452-1432 ext. 254.

Traditional Pre-K Program (one year prior to Kindergarten)

A caring and friendly place for your child to learn and grow! Children develop a readiness for kindergarten through a variety of hands-on, child-centered activities. The class is led by a certified teacher using the Letter People and Creative Curriculum ®.

Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten

In partnership with the United Way and Erie Together, a community effort to reduce poverty, the YMCA preschool curriculum supports the identified skills for kindergarten readiness.  Parents and caring adults can support learning at home by working with your child on these core skills.  Download the Readiness Checklist. Learn more at http://www.erietogether.org

Financial Assistance

We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Like all Y programs, our Early Care and School Age Programs are open to all. The YMCA accepts Early Learning Resource Center (formerly CCIS) payments, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

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