Learn, Grow and Thrive Dan McKinney Family YMCA Preschool

preschool child running in the parkWelcome to the YMCA preschool at Dan McKinney Family YMCA.

The Y is the largest and oldest provider of youth development services in San Diego County, with a long history of providing a real, positive impact in the lives of children. We are dedicated to strengthening families as a community resource that nurtures the potential in children.

The YMCA preschool program is designed to support the growth and success of children cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially. Using developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum and activities in a play based environment, your child will be supported in learning social skills, Kindergarten readiness skills, engage in physical activities, and strengthen their values through learning helpfulness and kindness as the introduction to learning the four Core Values of the YMCA: Caring, Responsibility, Respect and Honesty.

Our programs are licensed by the state of California. Our excellent quality staff are background cleared through the Department of Justice and trained in CPR, First Aid, and Child Abuse Prevention to ensure the safety of your child.


Dan McKinney Family YMCA
8355 Cliffridge Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Directions via Google Maps
License No. 376701340


  • Full Day: 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Half Day: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Programs & Tuition Costs

Full Day Program (Ages 2-5) 8:00am - 5:30pm

Runs five days a week, August to August

Children in diapers accepted.

Two's Classoom Tuition:

  • Member: $1,464
  • Non-Member: $1,628

Three and Four Year Olds Tuition:

  • Member: $1,369
  • Non-Member: $1,522

Half Day Program (Ages 3-4)  8:30am - 2:00pm

Runs five days a week, August to August

Children must be fully potty trained.

Half Day program has its own class separate from the Full Day classes. Ages are mixed in the class.


  • Members: $764
  • Non-members: $849

All programs include an annual registration fee of $50 for members and $100 for participants.

site supervisor Brenda StevensMeet Our Staff

Brenda Stevens is the Preschool Director at Dan McKinney Family YMCA Preschool. With a background in Early Learning and a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Brenda has been with the YMCA since 2009 as first a teacher, an Assistant Director and finally, since 2016, the Director of the La Jolla Y preschool. Renamed in 2018 as the Dan McKinney Family YMCA Preschool, the program has been located here in La Jolla since 2005 where it began on the campus of Torrey Pines Christian Church (now called Torrey Pines Church).

Brenda holds a Site Supervisor Permit from the State of California’s Teacher’s Commission and has trained with Dr. Becky Bailey in Conscious Discipline behavior management and social emotional learning. The La Jolla YMCA Preschool specializes in behavior management and training of all staff and works closely with families to support individual children’s needs for SEL support.

On-site Contact

Brenda Stevens

General Information Contact

Business office