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Why Choose the Y for Preschool?

Preschools at the Y are all about discovery. Kids can explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories.

Our preschool programs focus on preparing children for kindergarten.  Our curriculum is based on school readiness skills and is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Key components include literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, problem-solving, health, and diversity. Our early childhood education helps children grow in all developmental areas to gain the skills they will need as they go through life!

About Our Program

Preschool at the YMCA is like a home away from home, where kids laugh, learn, explore, and grow in the outdoors while creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. 

  • For children ages 3–5 years
  • ​1:12 child to instructor ratio
  • Nutritious snacks provided
  • Swimming
  • Dedicated, well-trained educators
  • ​Financial assistance is available for those who qualify​
  • Toddlers accepted at select locations

 Parent Handbooks


Find a Preschool Program 

Interested in a YMCA preschool or early learning center near you? Sign up at one of the preschool locations below.

Grace Early Learning Center

Grace Presbyterian Church
1659 Rosewood Ave
Cleveland, OH 44107

Vermilion Preschool

Vermilion Family YMCA
1230 Beechview Drive
Vermilion, OH 44089

West Park Preschool

West Park-Fairview YMCA
15501 Lorain Rd
Cleveland, OH 44111

Warrensville Heights Family YMCA Preschool

Warrensville Heights Family YMCA
4433 Northfield Rd
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

James A. Garfield YMCA Preschool

James A. Garfield School
10207 OH-88
Garrettsville, OH 44231