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Early Learning Center

Preschool is an exciting time as children embark on new adventures in the world of learning. The Fry Family YMCA offers a preschool program that will stimulate your child’s desire to learn, imagine and create by using innovative and modern methods. Your child will experience art, music, science, foreign language as well as participate in activities with classmates involving social and emotional growth and development. Our curriculum is aligned to the Illinois Early Learning Development Standards and is driven by Common Core Practices to ensure academic success for years to come.


Our mission is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living.


Our vision is to support students in reaching their highest developmental, physical, social and academic potential through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body.

Our Goals

To ensure high quality and developmentally appropriate activities that will prepare children for future educational success, the YMCA has adopted Creative Curriculum. This curriculum is aligned to the Illinois Early Learning Development Standards and is driven by Common Core Practices.



For more information  or to arrange a tour, call 630.420.1489 or email

Register your child online or by calling 630.420.1489. Children are not required to be a YMCA member to register for the program.



The Y uses The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool as the foundation for creating the best preschool programs for children. The result is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and learning experiences. Our developmentally appropriate preschool programs foster joyful and purposeful learning while they address specific needs. Children develop skills for classroom readiness and a passion for learning.

Through centers such as blocks, dramatic play, music and movement, library, sand and water, cooking and computers/tablets, children will experience a balance of child-initiated and teacher directed activities. These activities incorporate Common Core standards in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Physical Health, Social/Emotional Development and Science. In addition, children will enjoy a weekly Spanish class and Swim Lesson that not only teaches new skills but promotes independence and self-confidence. Through progress monitoring, we will make data driven decisions that support student learning and develop daily curriculum lessons.

Core Content Areas
Literacy – increased vocabulary and language skills, comprehension and enjoyment
Mathematics– beginning understanding of numbers concepts, patterns and relationships
Science – beginning understanding of physical, life and environmental sciences
Social Studies – understanding of people, places and environments
Arts – knowledge and understanding of dance, music, drama and visual arts
Technology – awareness and beginning basics of tools and technology
Health Habits – understanding of healthy eating, physical and personal safety and building lifelong enjoyment of physical activities
Body, Mind and Spirit – developing social skills, core values and a foundation for social responsibility


Parent Communication

Establishing a strong partnership with our parents is of the utmost importance to providing the best preschool experience possible. Various forms of communication are used to keep you up-to-date on your child’s learning experiences. Monthly newsletters, calendars, and teacher blogs will ensure that you know exactly what your child is learning on a daily basis. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held twice a year with student assessment given three times a year to provide parents with a clear understanding for your child’s progress. Parent resources and online resources are provided in each teacher’s blog to help parents continue progress at home.




(For children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2018)
2 – 3 yr. old
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$160M/$190NM per month

This program allows children to adjust to a caregiver other than their parents. An atmosphere that offers developmentally appropriate activities that satisfy curiosity, socialization and assistance in developing fine and gross motor skills will ensure that your child has a successful first school experience.

Parent/Tot Enrichment Program for Let’s Explore:
Tues or Thurs -11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

With parent (and/or caregiver) and child interaction as the foundation for this program, this enrichment class is aimed toward the specific needs of the two-year-old child. Attention is focused on the total growth of the child, which includes development of fine and gross motor skills, language, cognitive growth and social-emotional maturation. Activities such and music and movement, lap sit story time and game play will ensure that your child is developing a foundation for learning in a fun atmosphere. A take home activity for you to reinforce activities at home will be given after each class.



3 – 4 yr. old (For children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2017)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$215M/$240NM per month

In this class, children are given opportunities to develop skills in listening, following directions, and participating in group activities. Through fun and engaging activities based on Early Learning Standards, children will develop social, cognitive, physical and emotional skills that will ensure success in life- long learning.

Lunch Bunch & Child Enrichment Programs Offered for Fab 4’s:



4 – 5 yr. old (For children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2016)
Includes swim and Spanish once a week
Monday – Thursday Option: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - $285M/$315NM per month
Monday – Friday Option: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - $320M/$350NM per month

This program provides Kindergarten readiness while encouraging free-play activities that develop cognitive, physical, and social-emotional skills. All activities are aligned and driven by Illinois Early Learning Standards and Common Core Practices. Through these activities your child will build a strong foundation that will prepare them for a successful Kindergarten experience.

Lunch Bunch and Child Enrichment Offered for Pre-K:

Reading with lunch bunch: Mondays – 12:15-2 p.m.

Math with lunch bunch: Thursdays –12:15-2 p.m.

Social Skills with lunch bunch: Fridays- 12:15-2 p.m.



Includes swim, Spanish and catered lunch
5 yr. olds (For children entering Kindergarten in Fall 2016)

3 Day Option:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. - $455M/$485NM per month

5 Day Option:
Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. - $650M/$680NM per month

The Junior Kindergarten Program is designated for children who have a good grasp of preschool material and that would benefit from a longer school day and enriched curriculum. This class expands upon the student’s skills by using an enriched math, literacy, science and social studies curriculum that are aligned and driven by Illinois State Standards and Common Core Practices.. Alphabet recognition, phonics, concept of word, and beginning spelling and writing skills are taught daily in small and large group settings. Daily snack and lunch along with weekly Spanish and swim lessons complete the program.


Preschool Enrichment Class descriptions

Math: This child-centered curriculum offers stimulating activities and learning experiences that prepare children for success in kindergarten with a primary focus on math. Children will engage in explorations that promote number sense and mathematical thinking, develop an understanding of counting, skip-counting, number identification, shapes, patterns, and basic math terms. Engage in activities that promote number sense and mathematical thinking. And develop an understanding, addition, subtraction, and measurement. Activities will be sent home on a weekly basis that will enforce learned skills.

Reading: This child-centered curriculum offers stimulating activities and learning experiences that prepare children for success in kindergarten with a primary focus on reading. Children will engage in multi-sensory activities that promote pre-reading skills, including phonological awareness, phonics, and vocabulary development and will create their own phonics journals. They will discuss their reaction to literature and develop an understanding of story elements such as character, setting, and plot. And will be able to identify the sounds they hear at the beginning, middle, and end of words, strengthen rhyming skills and engage in activities that promote reading comprehension and fluency. Activities will be sent home on a weekly basis that will enforce learned skills.

Language: Explore languages like Spanish or Mandarin Chinese through games, storytelling, songs and other activities



We believe the success of our program lies in the quality of our staff. Our preschool educators are trained professionals who are committed to meeting the needs of children. Each staff meets or exceeds the requirements of their positions. Our team of teachers must meet annual requirements and maintain professional development for continual learning and development. In addition, the YMCA mandates all preschool staff have current CPR, First Aid certification, as well as yearly child abuse prevention and training.

Katie Parente

As a Naperville native, I have spent 11 years working with children in early childhood education. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. I also earned a Master’s degree in School Administration from Concordia University. I love spending time with my husband and two kids and consider my classroom students part of my family. My youngest now attends the program at the Y and LOVES it! I became a teacher because I love kids and enjoy seeing the growth they make throughout the year. My goal is to give your child a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

Angie Heyl

Hello, My name is Angie Heyl and I have been working with children at the Fry Family YMCA for the past 14 years! I love working with preschool aged children-they are so eager to learn and I always go home with a big smile after spending the day with them!

I recently moved to Yorkville from Plainfield with my husband, 96 year old father, and our four children. Thank you for sharing your child with me. I look forward to getting to know your child and your family.

Deepa Nadhan

Hello, I have been working at the YMCA since 2001. I started off in the Kiddie Country and have also been a Camp Counselor for several camps including Zoofari and Kindergarten camps. Starting 2002, I have been a pre-school teacher for all age groups. We have a great team of pre-school teachers and I am proud to be one of them. I like working at the YMCA because it is family oriented and I really enjoy the cultural diversity that it offers.

Lora Murray

Hello, I am Lora Murray and I am happy to be a Naperville resident for the past 13 years with my husband and daughter. After becoming a mom, I soon discovered that my true passion was working with children. In 2008, I started as a childcare staff in the Fry Family Y’s Kiddie Country and shortly after started teaching specialty classes such as “Getting Messy”. In 2009 I was happy to join the educational preschool department as an assistant teacher as well as hosting our weekly Family Friday events for two years. During the summers I am one of the lead counselors in our Zoofari camp for 3-5 year olds. Needless to say, I am committed to our children of the future and the Fry Family YMCA!