New this Fall, the Irving Park YMCA is offering Art Explorations for our preschoolers! This is the perfect class for your artistic little one! Join us Saturday mornings for this messy and fun class!


As one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area, the YMCA offers licensed preschool and early childhood education in order to provide children a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn, grow and thrive.

In the Y’s preschool programs, your child will build social skills, conflict-resolution skills, self-esteem and friendships! Our teachers are professionally trained and DCFS-certified, with continual professional development in order to ensure the best, most current practices in the classroom. At the Y, we strive to form a partnership with every family based on mutual trust, understanding and respect.

Preschool Curriculum

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

In order to develop the whole child based on their individual developmental needs, the curriculum also includes science, social studies, cooking, swimming, physical education (gym time), learning with technology, and the arts.

Preschool Locations

Programs vary by location, including half-days, full-days, science, social studies, gross motor play, creative art experiences, learning through technology, and physical curriculums that include swimming, tumbling, gym time, and ice skating.

Click on 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
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 a space where children learn, explore, build self-esteem, and develop strong social and emotional relationships. Children are exposed to art, music, math and science as they develop expressive and receptive language and motor skills.

Contact one of the centers below to enroll!

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