preschool children at the YMCAParenting involves making decisions every day — many of them are easy, and some are very tough! Here's an easy one: Preschool at the YMCA.

The YMCA of San Diego County operates licensed preschools across the county, with full and part-time options providing quality care in a nurturing environment. Preschoolers at the Y not only learn the skills necessary for school and academic success, they build independence and confidence that fosters a life-long love of learning.

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.

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. The Y's specialized preschool programs provide opportunities for young children to learn through play, both individually and in large (or small) groups, stimulating each child's development in a natural, home-like setting.

Our hope is that our preschools will feel like home to you and your children, filled with nurturing love and care.


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Our approach to learning is based on the Creative Curriculum, which focuses on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. Learning is a natural process occurring through self-directed experience, but optimized by a supportive environment as well as positive interaction with adults.

The teachers facilitate these interests by mindfully setting up learning centers in their environment with materials and experiences where children can investigate and make discoveries, while expressing them through art, dramatic play, and social interactions. Our teachers use observation and documentation of the children to research interests, make learning visible for parents, and assess the development of our children.

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Need Help Paying for Preschool?

Thanks to our generous donors, the YMCA offers financial aid for our child care programs through our YMCA Scholarships.

Apply for a YMCA Scholarship today and see if you qualify.

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