Learn, Grow and ThriveYMCA Preschool at Juarez Elementary School

preschool child running in the parkWelcome to the YMCA preschool at Juarez Elementary School in Serra Mesa, about 4 miles from Toby Wells YMCA.

The most formative time in a child's development occurs within the first five years, which is why we put so much careful planning into our preschools and ensure our staff has a tremendous amount of experience, skill, and knowledge.

Early learning programs at the Y focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility

While each child is unique and develops at his or her own rate, we also believe that they are strong, capable learners who learn best through social and environmental interactions. Preschool at Juarez Elementary School provides opportunities for young children to learn through play, both individually and in groups, stimulating each child's development in a natural, home-like setting.

Preschool Days and Times

  • September to May: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • June to August: 7:30am-4:00pm

Full-Time Program - Ages 3-5

Three to five full days per week


  • Member: $757
  • Participant: $871

Part-Time Program - Ages 3-5

One to two full days per week


  • Member: $554
  • Participant: $637

Fees include snacks, gated playground, daily curriculum (builds kindergarten readiness skills).

PLEASE NOTE: All children must be potty trained before starting the program.

Juarez Elementary

2633 Melbourne Drive
San Diego, CA 92123 — directions

License No. 376700720

On-site Contact

Amy Merriman
(619) 559-5992
[email protected]

Program Information

Christena Campos
(858) 496-9622
[email protected]

Meet the Staff

site supervisor Amy MerrimanAmy Merriman is the site supervisor at Juarez YMCA Preschool. She joined the Y team in 2014 and has worked in early childhood education for 14 years. Her goal: To provide a safe, happy preschool environment for our children, that fosters creativity, curiosity and exploration.