Preschool

PRESCHOOL

The first five years of a child's life are crucial for lifelong success. At the Y, our DCFS-licensed preschool programs encourage children to discover their creativity while learning the problem-solving and social skills that will prepare them for the first day of Kindergarten and beyond. We'll introduce your child to literacy, art, music, math, and science through hands-on activities. Our early childhood educators use the Creative Curriculum (based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards) and undergo continual professional development to ensure our classrooms are using the best possible practices. Our half-day programs start the third week in August and run through the end of May. We offer a summer preschool program in the months of June, July and August. Our fullday preschool program runs 12 months. Children who are not toilet trained in our half-day program need to have a parent/guardian on site to change diapers. We offer an informational meeting for Preschool enrollment for the following school year in late Jan/early Feb. Please see our website for details. Registration opens for the following school year in February. Below are the current options that we offer. These may change due to registration numbers. Half Day: Click here to register

Preschool Full-Day (ages 2-5)

A year-round, play-based Full-Day Preschool Program that provides care and education from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. We introduce students to literacy through a phonemic approach that includes the Creative Curriculum as well as math, science, and social studies concepts taught through hands-on activities. Additionally, children in our Full-Day Preschool Program participate in special activities including music, games and fitness activities in the gym and swim lessons taught by instructors in our Aquatics Department each week. Child must be 3 years of age to participate in swimming lessons. Trained early childhood educators undergo continual professional development to ensure best practices are being used in the classroom. We offer a Level 1 for 2-3 years old, a Level 2 for 3-4 years old and a Pre-K for 4-5 years old. We may combine classes depending on enrollment. Children may enroll at any time assuming there are openings available. Full-Day Preschool does not operate on major holidays including New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Full Day:  Click here to register

Before School Care

We offer before care for half-day preschool on a limited basis. Drop off as early as 7 a.m. and teachers will transfer your child to their preschool class. Click here to register

Preschool Level 1 (ages 2-3)

Tu/Th and M/W/F class options are available. To be eligible for Level 1 Preschool, students need to be 2 years of age by Sept 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. Click here to register

Preschool Level 2 (ages 3-4)

Tu/Th, M/W/F and M-F class options are available. To be eligible for the Level 2 Preschool, students need to be 3 by Sept. 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. M/W/F and M-F classes have the option of 9 a.m.-12 p.m. class or a 9 a.m.-2 p.m. class. Lunch is included in the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. class. Click here to register

Preschool Level Pre-K (ages 4-5)

M/W/F and M-F class options are available. To be eligible for the PreK Preschool, students need to be 4 by Sept. 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. M/W/F and M-F classes have the option of 9 a.m.-12 p.m. class or a 9 a.m.-2 p.m. class. Lunch is included in the 9 a.m.-2 p.m. class. Click here to register


 

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Before School Care

Ever wish your child’s school hours lined up better with your work hours? Our in-house before school care lets you stay flexible, with DCFS-licensed programs beginning at 6:45 a.m. throughout the school year. We provide breakfast, structured activities, and transportation from the Y to your child’s school. Activities offered during our Before School Care program include character development, classroom games and activities, and arts and crafts. Current schools serviced include Hunting Ridge, Jane Addams, Lincoln, Marion Jordan, Paddock, Pleasant Hill, Sanborn, St. Theresa, Virginia Lake, Whiteley, Thomas Jefferson, and Winston Campus. Click here to register

 

After School Care

The Buehler YMCA operates an in-house, DCFSlicensed after school program throughout the school year. Students are transported from school to the YMCA and provided care until 6 p.m. A snack is provided daily. Activities offered during our after school program include homework support, character development, games and fitness activities, arts and crafts, swimming and much more. Additionally, staff will transfer children to and from other YMCA programs that operate during the after school program times. Current schools serviced include Hunting Ridge, Jane Addams, Lincoln, Marion Jordan, Paddock, Pleasant Hill, Sanborn, St. Theresa, Virginia Lake, Whiteley, Thomas Jefferson, Winston Campus and Immanuel Lutheran. Online registration is not available for our before or after school programs. We open current participant registration for the upcoming school year in April and for the public May 1. Our registration closes August 1 and will re-open Sept 1. For more information on before or after care please contact the Youth Development Director at 847.410.5233. Click here to register


SCHOOL DAYS OUT

Like most parents, you’re probably already making plans for this year’s holidays. But what about all those days in between, when school is out, but adults have to go back to work? When schools are closed, working parents can turn to the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s School Days Out program to keep children ages 5-12 safe, engaged, and learning — including weatherrelated closings and Spring and Winter Breaks. You don’t even have to be a YMCA member to attend! From as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 6 p.m., we offer a full day of entertainment, including field trips, games, creative art experiences, and more. Our School Days Out program is divided between K-3rd grade and 4th-8th grade. Remember to bring a lunch, water bottle, snack, swimming suit, and towel each day. For a more detailed schedule of the day, please contact the youth development department. All School Days Out participants must preregister and have a current emergency form including parent contact information, emergency pick-ups and pertinent medical information on file before they will be permitted into the program. Children do not have to be members of the YMCA or participants in the Afterschool Program to attend. Note: Bad weather School Days Out are contingent upon our ability to remain open. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page or call us for details. Click here to register


PRESCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Preschool Spanish (ages 3-6)

We’ll inspire your preschooler to learn Spanish through art, crafts, songs, stories in a fun loving atmosphere. Children can be transferred from our preschool programs or drop-in-childcare. Family Fitness (ages 2-6) Introduce your kids to fitness through fun, high-energy group classes they’ll love. Parents/guardians can attend for a family workout.  Click here to register

 

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