Preschool

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. The Creative Curriculum is used and 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 or
T/TH
9 a.m.-noon
1 T/TH 9 a.m.-noon
2 T/TH 9 a.m.-noon
2 M/W/F 9 a.m.-noon or
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
2 M-F 9 a.m.-noon or
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prek M/W/F 9 a.m.-noon or
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prek M-F 9 a.m.-noon or
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Swimming class can be added for the licensed preschool one day a week from 12:00-12:40 for children 3 and older.  Teachers bring the children to swimming and remain on the pool deck.  If your child is in the 9-12 option parents would pick up on the pool deck.  Swimming has an additional fee.  Gymnastic classes may also be available.

If you would like to tour our preschool and learn about program openings, please contact Jenn Stricker at 847-410-5230 or jstricker@ymcachicago.org.

 

Full Day Licensed Preschool

Buehler also offers a full-day year round preschool program 7 a.m.-6 p.m for Level 1, 2 and Prek.  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 40-minunte swim lesson.   For more information and pricing contact Jenn Stricker at 847.410.5230 or jstricker@ymcachicago.org.

 

Transitional Kindergarten

Buehler is now offering a transitional kindergarten program.  This program is for children who miss the district cut off age for kindergarten or are not quite ready for kindergarten.  Children must be 5 years old by October 31, 2017.  Those children whose birthdays fall after Sept. 1 will be evaluated to determine if transitional kindergarten will fit their developmental needs.  We offer a half day (9-12) option, a full day (9-4) option or full day with before and after care.  For more information and pricing contact Jenn Stricker at 847.410.5230 or jstricker@ymcachicago.org.

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