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

Early Head Start and Head Start

Our Early Head Start and Head Start programs are ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality-awarded and NAEYC-accredited. We promote school readiness in literacy and language, math, science, technology, the arts, physical development, self-esteem, self-regulation, and positive interactions with peers and adults. We maintain highly qualified staff and low child-to-staff ratios, care for children with disabilities, provide healthy snacks, meals, formula, diapers, and wipes at no cost, as well as a free Y family membership with enrollment.

Subsidized child care assistance is available for qualified families, and the YMCA provides reasonable assistance to families for transportation to and from program activities if needed.

Please contact one of the sites below to enroll.

Early Head Start/Child Care ( 6 weeks to 2.6 years of age)
GARFIELD YMCA
(2 years of age)
7 North Homan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773.265.3900 Fax: 773.826.0757
NORTH LAWNDALE YMCA
3449 W. Arthington Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773.638.0773 Fax: 773.638.1705/7925
JEANNE KENNEY YMCA
7600 S. Parnell, Chicago, IL 60620
Phone: 773.904.0195 Fax 773.358.6901
ORR YMCA
730 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773.565.0130 Fax: 773.565.0133
MARSHALL YMCA
3250 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773.265.0145 Fax: 773.265.5776
RAUNER FAMILY YMCA
(2 years of age)
2700 South Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 773.847.3115 Fax: 773.847.3451
McCORMICK YMCA
(2 years of age)
1834 N. Lawndale, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773.235.2525 Fax: 773.235.9193
SOUTH SIDE YMCA
(2 years of age)
6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773.947.0700 Fax: 773.947.8953
Head Start/Child Care (3 to 5 years of age)
DR. EFFIE O. ELLIS YMCA
10 S. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 773.533.9011 Fax: 773.533.1740
McCORMICK YMCA
1834 N. Lawndale, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773.235.2525 Fax: 773.235.9193
FIRST LUTHERAN YMCA
3500 Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: 773.862.5960 Fax 773.862.2019
NORTH LAWNDALE YMCA
3449 W. Arthington Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773.638.0773 Fax: 773.638.1705/7925
GARFIELD YMCA
7 North Homan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone: 773.265.3900 Fax: 773.826.0757
RAUNER FAMILY YMCA
2700 South Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: 773.847.3115 Fax: 773.847.3451
HIGH RIDGE YMCA
2424 W. Touhy Ave., Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: 773.262.8300 Fax: 773.262.7902
SOUTH SIDE YMCA
6330 S. Stony Island, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773.947.0700 Fax: 773.947.8953
JEANNE KENNEY YMCA
7600 S. Parnell, Chicago, IL 60620
Phone: 773.904.0195 Fax 773.358.6901

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