Preschool

As one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago region, the Y offers licensed preschool and early childhood education to give children a safe and nurturing place to learn, grow, and thrive.

In our preschool programs — in the city, in the suburbs, and at the YMCA Center — your child will learn through playing, exploring, and building self-esteem. Children will build social skills, conflict resolution skills, and friendships. Our teachers are professionally trained and DCFS-certified, with continual professional development to ensure the best and most current practices in the classroom. At the Y, we strive to form a partnership with every family based on mutual trust, understanding, respect, and common goals.

Preschool Curriculum

Our preschool curriculum promotes individual growth through learning, exploration, and creativity via the Creative Curriculum, which is fully aligned with state and national Early Learning Standards. This curriculum promotes social, emotional and physical development, as well as language, anti-bias literacy, math, critical thinking, and cognitive skills by allowing children to explore their own interests.

To develop the whole child based on their individual developmental needs, the curriculum also includes science, social studies, cooking, water recreation in the pool, gym time, learning with technology, and the arts.

Preschool Locations

Programs vary by location, including half-day, full-day, science, social studies, gross motor play, creative art experiences, learning through technology, and physical curriculums that include swimming, tumbling, gym, and ice skating. Click one of the locations below for more details.

YMCA Center Address Phone
BUEHLER YMCA 1400 West Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067 847-359-2400
ELMHURST YMCA 211 W. First St., Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-9200
FOGLIA YMCA 1025 N. Old McHenry Rd., Lake Zurich, IL 60047 847-438-5300
FRY FAMILY YMCA 2120 W. 95th St., Naperville, IL 60564 630-904-9595
GREATER LaGRANGE YMCA 1100 E. 31st St., LaGrange Park, IL 60526 708-352-7600
INDIAN BOUNDARY YMCA 711 59th St., Downers Grove, IL 60516 630-968-8400
McCORMICK YMCA 1834 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60647 773-235-2525
SAGE YMCA 701 Manor Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-4455
SOUTH SIDE YMCA 6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637 773-947-0700
YMCA CENTER 1030 W. Van Buren Street Chicago, IL 60607 312-587-2223

Early Learning Enrichment

Our enrichment programs provide activities where children learn, explore, build a positive self-image and develop strong social and emotional relationships. Children are exposed to art, music, math and science as they develop expressive and receptive language and gross motor skills.

YMCA Center Address Phone
ELMHURST YMCA 211 W. First St., Elmhurst, IL 60126 630-834-9200
FRY FAMILY YMCA 2120 W. 95th St., Naperville, IL 60564 630-904-9595
GREATER LaGRANGE YMCA 1100 E. 31st St., LaGrange Park, IL 60526 708-352-7600
HIGH RIDGE YMCA 2424 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645 773-262-8300
IRVING PARK YMCA 4251 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60641 773-777-7500
KROEHLER FAMILY YMCA 34 S. Washington St., Naperville, IL 60540 630-420-6270
LAKE VIEW YMCA 3333 N. Marshfield, Chicago, IL 60657 773-248-3333
LATTOF YMCA 300 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines, IL 60016 847-296-3376
LEANING TOWER YMCA 6300 W. Touhy Ave., Niles, IL 60714 847-410-5108
OSWEGO FAMILY YMCA 160 E. Washington St., Oswego, IL 60543 630-551-0797
SAGE YMCA 701 Manor Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815-459-4455
SOUTH SIDE YMCA 6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637 773-947-0700

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