Licensed Preschool

Half Day – September through May

Buehler YMCA offers play-based Preschool Programs that encourage children ages 2 ½ -5 to explore their environment as they develop creativity, problem-solving and skills related to cognitive, physical, and social/emotional growth. Students are introduced to literacy through a phonemic approach that includes the Jolly Phonics program as well as math, science and social studies concepts taught through hands-on activities.

Buehler YMCA Preschool teachers are trained early childhood educators who utilize the centers method of small-group instruction and base lessons on the Illinois Early Learning Standards. Teachers undergo continual professional development to ensure best practices are being used in the classroom.

Buehler YMCA Preschool Programs are also licensed by DCFS.

Children do not have to be potty trained to be in our half day program, but if they are not a parent/guardian must remain in the building.  Our teachers are not allowed to change diapers or pull-ups.


Preschool Levels & Offerings

Level Days Offered Time
1 M/W/F 9:15-11 a.m.
1 T/Th 9:15-11 a.m.
2 Tu/Th 9:15-11:45 a.m.*
2 M/W/F 9:15-11:45 a.m.*
2 M-F 9:15-11:45 a.m.*
Prek M/W/F 9:00-11:45 a.m.*
Prek M-F 9:00-11:45 a.m.*

*One day a week class ends at 11 a.m. and swimming lessons that are specifically for our licensed preschool can be added.  Teachers will assist children to the swimming lesson and remain on deck for the entire lesson.  Swimming has an additional fee.  Gymnastic classes may also be available.
**Please check call for pricing of classes.

If you would like to tour our preschool and learn about program openings, please call Jenn Stricker at 847-410-5230 or LuAnn Wachsmuth at 847-410-5219.

We also hold open houses in early February prior to registration for the upcoming school year.  2015 open house dates are as follows:


Lunch Bunch & Enrichment Classes

You can extend your preschooler’s day with Lunch Bunch and Enrichment classes.  Lunch bunch starts after preschool and goes until 1 p.m.  Hot lunch is provided.  A variety of different enrichment classes are scheduled from 1-2 p.m.  Check our seasonal brochure for our enrichment class offerings.


Full Day Licensed Preschool

Buehler also offers a full-day year round preschool program 7 a.m.-6 p.m.  We offer our same preschool curriculum as in our half day program.  Included in the weekly fee is breakfast, lunch, 2 snacks and a once a week 45-minunte swim lesson.  Child must be 3 years of age and potty trained to be in our full-day preschool program.  For more information and pricing call LuAnn Wachsmuth at 847-410-5219.


Forms download

Child Care
Parent Manuals:
Full Day Preschool Parent Manual Preschool Parent Manual
Kindergarten Parent Manual Transitional Kindergarten Parent Manual
Before and Afterschool Parent Manual  
Child Care Payment Agreement Transfer Permission & Pest Management Plan
Transportation Permission DCFS Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers
Confirm of received:
Parent Manual and Childcare Program Withdraw Agreement Verification of receipt of DCFS Summary of Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers
Other forms:
Parent/Guardian Contact Information Form School Supply List
Participant Emergency Information Packet
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